TIME

Jokesters slap back at the PC police

WHEN FREE SPEECH STOPS BEING FUNNY A dozen top comics appear in Can We Take a Joke?, including, Adam Carolla (“There’s a lot of people out there whose job it is to be offended for other people”).

IT’S NO FUN BEING FUNNY these days. The outrage mob is waving its PC pitchforks at stand-up comedy, particularly on college campuses. Don’t like jokes about race, religion, sexual orientation? Make it known how offended you are. And try to drown out or shut up what you don’t like. Chris Rock has said he no longer plays

You're reading a preview, sign up to read more.

More from TIME

TIME3 min readPsychology
Gina Rippon
The British cognitive researcher on why male and female brains aren’t so different, explored in her book Gender and Our Brains
TIME7 min read
Ryan Murphy Built A New Heartland
The renegade writer-producer-director’s Netflix deal is worth $300 million. Inside the making of his blockbuster empire
TIME6 min read
Margaret Atwood Saw It All Coming
MARGARET ATWOOD WANTS TO KNOW MORE ABOUT The Bachelorette. We’re chatting in her publisher’s office in Toronto when I mention the dating show where 30-some men vie for the affection of a single woman, all on camera. She has questions: “Why are they e