Can We Take a Joke?

The Conservatarians, aka Jon Gabriel and Stephen Miller, welcome movie director Ted Balaker to talk about his new documentary, Can We Take a Joke? The film interviews top comedians about the chilling effect of the outrage brigades on comedy, from Lenny Bruce to today’s university safe spaces.

Ted is an award-winning filmmaker and journalist, a founding member of ReasonTV and executive producer on the feature documentary Honor Flight. He’s also the co-creator of “The Drew Carey Project” and, before that, spent five years producing at ABC Network News.

Intro and outro music is “11th Dimension” by Julian Casablancas. Stephen’s music picks this week are Psychedelic Swamp by Dr. Dog and The Hope Six Demolition Project by PJ Harvey. Jon’s music pick is Drone Pop #1 by Documenta.

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  1. Chris Campion Coolidge
    Chris Campion
    @ChrisCampion

    Listen.  Do you smell something?

    • #1
  2. Man With the Axe Inactive
    Man With the Axe
    @ManWiththeAxe

    I can’t wait to see this. It looks to be compelling and important, and probably should be shown on every college campus for free.

    • #2
  3. Ulysses768 Inactive
    Ulysses768
    @Ulysses768

    I completely agree with Ted Balaker on Patrice O’Neal.  I saw him one of his last shows.  What a tremendous loss for the comedy world.

    • #3
  4. kylez Member
    kylez
    @kylez

    I think “knock-knock” jokes need to go too. They are micro-aggressions against homeless people who don’t have doors to knock on.

    • #4
  5. Man With the Axe Inactive
    Man With the Axe
    @ManWiththeAxe

    kylez:I think “knock-knock” jokes need to go too. They are micro-aggressions against homeless people who don’t have doors to knock on.

    And against the deaf who can’t hear the knocking. And the handless who can’t knock. And the very short who can’t reach the knocker.

    • #5
  6. Fred Houstan Member
    Fred Houstan
    @FredHoustan

    Unrelated to these substantive matters, I love the Documenta recommendation. More, please.

    • #6
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