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Connections: How joke philosophy can change over time

The producers of the TV show "Family Guy" recently announced that they will be phasing out jokes about gay people. They say some of the things they felt comfortable joking about years ago are no longer acceptable. Reaction from viewers has been across the board, with some fans supporting the decision and others saying "Family Guy" should be an equal opportunity offender. 

We talk to local comedians about what they think, and about how joke philosophy can change over time. Our guests: 

  • Mrs. Kasha Davis, local drag performer
  • Darienne Lake, local drag performer
  • Yolanda Smilez, stand-up comedian, and CEO and co-founder of the Roc Awards
  • Sara Shipley, improviser and stand-up comedian
  • Jeff Andrews, comedian and teacher 
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Evan Dawson is the host of "Connections with Evan Dawson." He joined WXXI in January 2014 after working at 13WHAM-TV, where he served as morning news anchor. He was hired as a reporter for 13WHAM-TV in 2003 before being promoted to anchor in 2007.
Megan Mack is the executive producer of "Connections with Evan Dawson" and live/televised engagement programming.

Connections with Evan Dawson

Connections is our daily, live talk show. It airs live weekdays, noon-2 p.m., and re-airs at 9 and 10 p.m. You can also find us wherever you find your podcasts.

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