I've been kind of hand-wringy about this latest round of controversy about gender, offensivness and censorship in comedy. I get frustrated with the merry-go-round of dead horses we beat over and over again and never get anywhere because so many forces are stacked against an open and understanding dialog. But it seems like this time, so many other folks were having the same frustration that they took the time to actually put out some very thoughtful ideas and conversations. Posts that were nuanced and honest. Nice little beacons of reason in the garbage cloud of yelling.
So I pulled together four things I've really enjoyed reading reading in the last two weeks. Three were directly inspired by the brou-ha-ha and one is totally unrelated. But they all share certain traits - they are thoughtful, honest and share some very true insights into comedy.
First up, a Facebook post from comedian Mike Lawrence:
And finally, this incredibly beautiful piece by Elianna Lev about being a chucklefucker. I agree with pretty much all of her observations and have experienced most of the same stuff, myself (minus the ass spitting)