Celebrate “Freedom Day” with a Free Speech Documentary!


Can-We-Take-a-JokeI am pleased to announce that the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia will be holding an advance screening of the FIRE-supported documentary Can We Take a Joke? to celebrate “Freedom Day” on April 13! Can We Take a Joke? is a documentary about the threats outrage culture poses to comedy and free speech, and features interviews with famous comedians including Adam Carolla, Gilbert Gottfried, Lisa Lampanelli, Heather McDonald, Penn Jillette, and more.

If you are from the Philadelphia area (or plan on being in Philadelphia on April 13) and would like to attend the screening, please email Haley Hudler at haley@thefire.org. To learn more about Can We Take a Joke?, visit the film’s Facebook page, follow its Twitter account, and sign up for email updates at its website. You can also check out an exclusive outtake of Penn Jillette’s interview from the film below.

And if you’re a college student, there’s still time for you to apply for free exclusive screening rights to show the documentary on your campus between April 13 and April 20! The deadline is fast approaching, however, so make sure to apply ASAP.

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  1. Aaron Miller Member
    Aaron Miller

    Penn Jilette is a libertarian. Adam Carolla has done an episode for Prager University. Does the documentary include any left-wing comedians?

    Every memorial documentary for a comedian I’ve ever seen praised comedians for “pushing boundaries” and basically thumbing their noses as every normal restraint. The usual challenge is to convince them that not every restraint is oppressive or unreasonable.

    So it would be odd if progressive comedians were suddenly uncertain about the “proper” limits of free expression. They should be eager to join such a documentary.

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  2. 1967mustangman Inactive

    I don’t think anyone would classify Gottfried of Lampanelli as right leaning.

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  3. Aaron Miller Member
    Aaron Miller

    I’m not familiar with either offhand. Thanks.

    George Carlin jumps to mind.

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  4. Greg Lukianoff Contributor
    Greg Lukianoff

    Aaron Miller:I’m not familiar with either offhand. Thanks.

    George Carlin jumps to mind.

    I don’t think any of the other comedians in the doc are right of center or libertarians.

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