UCB theaters in Los Angeles and New York City hosting fundraising comedy events for Callisto, Sexual Assault Awareness Month
The Upright Citizens Brigade theaters in Los Angeles and New York City will host two special comedy fundraisers next week to support Sexual Assault Awareness Month, with proceeds benefiting Callisto, a nonprofit creating technology that empowers survivors of sexual assault to make the reporting... [Read More]
Adrienne Truscott takes back rape jokes: 'Artistic commentary feels like it’s in peril'
The comedian talks about her show Asking For It, comics’ lazy use of sexual assault for laughs and how, post-Trump, rape culture is ‘at the executive level’Is it ever OK to joke about rape? Adrienne Truscott thinks so. Since 2013, the comedian has been satirizing and skewering rape... [Read More]
Rape Accusations Against a UCB Performer Have Sparked an Ugly But Important Debate in the Comedy Community
Last weekend, Facebook filled up with posts by various comedians and writers in New York after news broke that both UCB theaters in the city decided to ban a male comedian after multiple women came forward with rape allegations against him. Over the next few days, a dialogue opened up online about h... [Read More]
Rape Accusations Against a UCB Performer Have Sparked an Ugly But Important Debate in the Comedy Community
Last weekend, Facebook filled up with posts by various comedians and writers in New York after news broke that both UCB theaters in the city decided to ban a male comedian after multiple women came forward with rape allegations against him. Over the next few days, a dialogue opened up online about h... [Read More]
Reductress devotes front page to rape satire
If you're a comedian or Facebook friends with a comedian, undoubtedly your Facebook News Feed has seen a flood of statuses about rape, rape culture, social media justice, police and prosecution effectiveness versus lynch mobs, mansplaining, White Knighting and more in the past five days. As a journa... [Read More]
Watch Nikki Glaser’s Excellent ‘Not Safe’ Segment on College Campus Rape and the NCAA
Not Safe with Nikki Glaser has featured some consistently funny segments involving porn stars, vibrators, and Trump supporters, but during last night’s episode, Glaser got serious by shining a light on college campus sexual assault through an excellent interview with Brenda Tracy, who was drug... [Read More]
Adrienne Truscott’s “Asking For It” still, after all these years
Adrienne Truscott won multiple awards when she took her one-woman show about rape jokes to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, including honors for "Comic Originality" and the prestigious Panel Prize. That was August 2013. Some three years later, the summer of 2016 finds Truscott doing "Adrienne Tru... [Read More]
Can a rape joke ever be funny? Sexual assault survivors find out
Canadian comedy tour gives performers carte blanche to take the stage and joke about their personal experiences Nervous cheers greet the master of ceremonies as she steps out onstage ahead of the evening’s comedy show. “You’re witnessing stories of people who are really putting the... [Read More]
Woody Allen is OK with you joking about his alleged rape of a child, but won’t read or talk about it anymore
To mark yesterday's world premiere of Woody Allen's latest movie, Cafe Society, at the Cannes Film Festival, French comedic actor Laurent Lafitte jokingly compared Allen to another director, Roman Polanski. "You've shot so many of your films here in Europe, and yet in the U.S., you haven't even been... [Read More]
Woody Allen is OK with you joking about his alleged rape of a child, but won’t read or talk about it anymore
To mark yesterday's world premiere of Woody Allen's latest movie, Cafe Society, at the Cannes Film Festival, French comedic actor Laurent Lafitte jokingly compared Allen to another director, Roman Polanski. "You've shot so many of your films here in Europe, and yet in the U.S., you haven't even been... [Read More]