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Arts & Culture

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

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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?

...Parkland?

There's a line there somewhere, right?

Or are some topics just never going to be funny?

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

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