Wednesday March 5, 7.30pm/House of St Barnabas, London
Speakers: Richard Herring, Bridget Christie. Chaired by Miranda Sawyer
Analysing a joke is like dissecting a frog - you don’t learn anything, and the frog dies. But shouldn’t we try, at least? From US comedian Daniel Tosh suggesting his audience should rape a heckler – ‘only a joke’, he said later – to comedy’s new legion of stadium-selling stand-ups; from the ROFLs and LOLs driving internet trolls to the tabloid frenzy over Reginald D Hunter’s use of the ‘N’ word, we are living in a time where funny is not just big business but a contemporary cultural battleground. Do comics have a jester’s licence to say anything as long as it’s funny? Or are there jokes we shouldn’t laugh at?
Bridget Christie – winner of last year’s Fosters Edinburgh Comedy Award with her feminist show A Bic For Her – and Richard Herring – whose recent shows tear into death, Christ, race and love – discuss the new comedy with journalist and broadcaster Miranda Sawyer.
What’s a Liberal Allowed to Laugh At? is the fifth in the 37 Things You Need To Know About Modern Britain series of talks, curated by Bug for the House of St Barnabas, a charity supporting the homeless in London at 1 Greek Street, Soho Square, London W1D 4NQ.