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Connections: How joke philosophy can change over time

Jan 29, 2019

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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