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How Soon Is Too Soon? (And Other Classic Questions And Conundrums About Comedy)

Christel Øverland Preteni
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humor = tragedy + time

Okay, but then the logical next question is: How much time?

If it's okay, at this point, to joke about, say, The Spanish Inquisition... what about, for instance, the Holocaust? Or AIDS? September 11th? The #MeToo movement?


There's a line there somewhere, right?

Or are some topics just never going to be funny?


  • Mike Bent - Teaches writing in the Comedic Arts program at Emerson College, and he’s a performing comedian and magician
  • Shawn Murray - A stand up comedian and writer and a host of Fantasy Filmball
  • Carolyn Paine - An actress, comedian, and dancer
  • Ferne Pearlstein - A documentary filmmaker who directed The Last Laugh
  • Caleb Warren - Assistant professor of marketing at the University of Arizona

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Colin McEnroe, Catie Talarski, and Chion Wolf contributed to this show.

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