Image of Eddie Griffin faces lawsuit over 'homophobic attack' on-stage at Tommy T’s
Eddie Griffin faces lawsuit over 'homophobic attack' on-stage at Tommy T’s
American comedian Eddie Griffin is facing legal action after getting embroiled in a row with a comedy club punter that turned nasty. Fiona Walshe has contacted a lawyer and demanded an apology and compensation from both Griffin and the venue a after the angry, allegedly homophobic, exchange ended up with drinks being thrown. She says that Griffin singled her out form the audience and taunted her for looking like a ‘librarian’ – but that things turned ugly when he noticed she was with anoth... [Read More]
 
Image of When the Comic and the Heckler Both Take Offense | NY Times
When the Comic and the Heckler Both Take Offense | NY Times
No moment in popular culture is more charged and anxious than when a stand-up comic battles with a heckler. It usually ends with a knockout insult and a huge laugh. But when things turn ugly, as happened three times last week, it can expose the gap between comedians and patrons who see this clash very differently. [Read More]
 
Image of Daniel Tosh: Comedy, fear and the rise of the rape joke
Daniel Tosh: Comedy, fear and the rise of the rape joke
"Although it's often hard to spot through the callousness, the existence of rape jokes is largely due to fear. Not everyone who makes or laughs at a rape joke is directly afraid, of course—like I said, many make them from a position of ignorance—but those deeply invested in rape jokes probably are scared of something. Tosh's retort to the woman wasn't really a joke—there's no structural framework to the one-liner that suggests it was—but an angry reflex to the threat she posed by saying that rap... [Read More]
 
Image of Daniel Tosh rape joke: Patton Oswalt comments
Daniel Tosh rape joke: Patton Oswalt comments
“Obviously, I don’t agree with what he said, and I don’t agree with how he said it, but I think it’s very dangerous to create an atmosphere where people can’t f— up.” Hear Oswalt’s full thoughts, including why the internet can actually be a good thing for comedy, in Part 2 of the video below. [Read More]
 
Image of Daniel Tosh's 'Brickleberry': "Most of the pilot is about rape."
Daniel Tosh's 'Brickleberry': "Most of the pilot is about rape."
Jesus Christ. Daniel Tosh has a new animated series coming to Comedy Central this fall called Brickleberry, and the plan was to screen the pilot tonight at Comic-Con. The problem? Well, Tosh has been the subject of some recent controversy surrounding rape jokes he made, and there are apparently a wh... [Read More]
 
Image of George Carlin: “Rape CAN be funny.”
George Carlin: “Rape CAN be funny.”
(NOTE: ComedyNews.Org generally, as a rule, does NOT post "here's a funny thing on the internet" type posts, but this fairly relevant.. AND it's George Carlin, so.. why not break the rules.) [Read More]
 
Image of Daniel Tosh rushing to find some jokes that aren't about rape for his new cartoon series 
Daniel Tosh rushing to find some jokes that aren't about rape for his new cartoon series 
Only days after Daniel Tosh forced the nation to have repeated, unwanted discourse about the acceptability of rape jokes—as well as the acceptability of "Hey, wouldn't it be funny if this girl got raped?" as a "joke"—he's unwittingly been coerced into reliving that trauma by a comedy show, a situati... [Read More]
 
Image of Just for Laughs' "Le Prenom" poster stirs controversy
Just for Laughs' "Le Prenom" poster stirs controversy
A Jewish rights group is concerned about advertisements for a show at this year's Just for Laughs festival that features a baby sporting the recognizable mustache of Adolf Hitler. [Read More]
 
Image of Chris Rock 'White People's Day' July 4th Tweet Sparks Controversy
Chris Rock 'White People's Day' July 4th Tweet Sparks Controversy
Chris Rock seems to have tweeted up a bit of controversy over the July 4th holiday. The comedian, whose latest project is executive producing Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell for FX, ruffled more than a few feathers after sending out this message to his followers: "Happy white peoples independence day the slaves weren't free but I'm sure they enjoyed fireworks." [Read More]
 
Louis C.K. Admits Dane Cook is a “Good Guy”
In a recent interview with Deadline, Louis C.K. stated that he does not have any ill feelings toward Dane Cook over the plagiarism controversy from a couple of years ago. In fact, he does not believe that Cook intentionally stole material from him.&#... [Read More]