Will 2018 be the year that progressives finally kill comedy?
Last week, British Conservative MP, Boris Johnson, told an off-colour joke about the burqa, likening the appearance of women who don the garment to black letterboxes. For this, reporters camped-out at the end of his driveway but instead of the mea culpa they hoped to wring out of him, they got a cup of tea!
Comedian Chris Rock drew the ire of an internet mob for Tweeting out a Federalist article arguing that Jerry Seinfeld is a reprieve from the insufferable “wokeness” of modern comedy. The mobsters, devoid of self-awareness, inadvertently proved his point.
Jerry Seinfeld himself proclaimed that he won't perform his routine on college campuses because he doesn't want to deal with the hassle of the campus culture of the perpetually and professionally offended.
So, what's to be done about the joy sucking fun burglars on the radical left?
Or have they already won the battle to make comedy as politically correct and bland as possible?
To help find the answer to these questions and more, I asked a Canadian stand-up comedian who is an equal-opportunity offender. He pokes fun at left and right alike, and feels that nothing should be off limits when it comes to jokes and mockery.
Joining me tonight is Vancouver-based comic Richard Thompson.