CONNECTING PEOPLE TO IDEAS AND TO EACH OTHER
CONNECTING PEOPLE TO IDEAS AND TO EACH OTHER

You Can Be Funny Without Being Racist, Sexist, or a Bully

And Being "PC" Might Even Make Comedians More Creative

When New York Times Magazine contributing writer Carina Chocano was initially approached to moderate a Zócalo/UCLA event on political correctness and humor, she was intimidated by what she thought was the title: “Has Political Correctness Killed Humor?” On learning that the title was, in fact, “Has Political Correctness Really Killed Humor?”, she felt great relief. “I found it interesting that one little word would make such a big difference, and it made me think about context,” she explained. Turning to the panelists—two UCLA alumni who are also comedians and a scholar of humor—she asked how the context of a performance affects what political correctness means to them as performers.

“It is vastly different performing in different kinds of spaces,” said Beck Krefting, a Skidmore College scholar, author of All Joking Aside: American Humor and Its Discontents, and a former comedian herself. …