America's misguided war on offensive humor - Paul Provenza Interview | Salon
Paul Provenza knows what makes comedians laugh. He is, after all, the director of 2005's "The Aristocrats," the ultimate behind-the-scenes look at the blue jokes that get seasoned veterans chuckling. His program on Showtime, "The Green Room with Paul Provenza," premieres its second season this Thursday, and is a sort of comedy version of "Insider the Actor's Studio" with Paul as James Lipton and a roundtable of funny people that can include anyone from Penn Jillette, Eddie Izzard, Bo Burnham, an... [Read More]
What really happened in Albuquerque? Footage of Katt Williams addressing his audience
Katt Williams said he retired from stand-up comedy. So what was he doing onstage last weekend in an arena in Albuquerque, New Mexico? With a poster advertising a night of comedy with him? Especially after Williams got arrested earlier this... [Read More]
Retards now offended by Tracy Morgan's jokes about the mentally disabled
"Don't ever mess with women who have retarded kids," Morgan, 42, said Saturday night in New York City. The Arc, a nonprofit advocacy group serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, is already demanding an apology. “Tracy Morgan should apologize immediately," Arc CEO Peter Berns, told E! News. "This quote is far too offensive to be excused as comedy, and it is very hurtful to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. [Read More]
Video: Joke thief on “Australia’s Got Talent” is finally voted off
Hey, remember in May when we wrote about that dipshit on Australia’s Got Talent who stole comedian Lee Mack and Geoff Keith’s entire bits, performed them on national television and advanced in the competition? Well, the wannabe comedian J... [Read More]
Tracy Morgan returns to stage post-controversy without incident
“I know you’re waiting for me to address the controversy. I ain’t sayin’ s—, f——. What do I care? What do I get out of the deal?" He took it a step further, asking the laughing audience, “You forgot about Brian Fellows?” then blustered, “My father was the lead singer in the Village People!” Closing, Tracy said, “Gay, straight … I don’t care. As long as you’re happy." [Read More]
Should Chelsea Handler apologize for her “ruthless attack” on Serbia?
Chelsea Handler has come under fire recently for a few jokes she made on the June 20 episode of Chelsea Lately. At the heart of the matter are is that the quips came at the expense of Serbia. Handler and her three comedian panelists that day — Chris Franjola, Natasha Leggero and Greg Proops — were poking fun at a recent YouTube clip showing pop singer Amy Winehouse performing — clearly high on some substance — in Belgrade, the capital of Serbia when the jokes began veering away from the singer a... [Read More]
Tracy Morgan returns to Nashville to apologize for anti-gay rant
Morgan plans to speak out (via a prepared statement) in support of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community during a press conference at 10:30 a.m. Central time from the Nashville Convention Center. Kevin Rogers, who posted about the performance on his Facebook page causing Morgan’s rant to go viral, and Herndon Graddick, senior director of programs at Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), will also speak to reporters via prepared comments. [Read More]
Tracy Morgan begins his apology tour, meets with gay, homeless teens
Tracy Morgan’s been crazy busy since he performed some rather colorful, seemingly homophobic stand-up material in Nashville on June 3. In addition to apologizing all over the place, he’ll be returning to Tennessee on June 21 to say sorry for the mate... [Read More]
The possible return of Charlie McCarthyism: 'homophobic rant' heat now on Jo Koy
From the free legal encyclopedia, is this paragraph, from their summary of Lenny Bruce’s Café au Go Go obscenity prosecution (“the most controversial obscenity trial in American history”): Herbert S. Rune, an inspector wit... [Read More]
Louis CK Defends Tracy Morgan: "Nobody gets to say that they represent anybody and they're offended on behalf of the whole world."
"I met him and he's a good guy. And I get a sense of him as a father, and there's no way he would stab his kid. It's a dumb thing to take at face value. You'd have to be a moron. And if you do, you are not allowed to laugh at any more jokes. You are not allowed to laugh at any jokes that have any violence or negative feelings attached to them, ironically or otherwise. I think there's a lot of hypocrisy in that." [Read More]