Humorists in Society

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Ewing Hail LA Comp I T/TH 9-9-14 The chief aim of humorist is not merely to entertain, but to “convey with impunity messages that might be dangerous or impossible to state directly.” Society allows humorists to say things that other people cannot or will not say. Humorist are seen as serving a vital function in society. On the comedy scene, humorist use the tough issues that might be too sensitive for some. Add their own light so to speak, to make it easier to understand and swallow. Comedy can break through all the red tape and say what others cannot. Secret thoughts are observations that society as a whole might feel or want to say without the fear that usually follows. Comedians are able to speak freely and be honest about their opinions. People laugh at something funny not only because it’s entertaining, but also because the context of the material used by the comedian. An example is used by George Carlin and his “Sever dirty words”, which were central to the 1978 U.S. Supreme Court case F.C.C. vs. Pacifica Foundation, in which a 5-4 decision by the justices affirmed the government’s power to regulate indecent material on the public airwaves. He is regarded as one of the most important and influential stand-up comedians of all time. One newspaper called Carlin “The Dean of Counter Culture Comedians”. Many people applaud the way Carlin tackled the taboo with the comical genius and excessive profanity and maneuverability. The fact is no one else could have freely expressed these thoughts so openly, because of society, with humor and laughter. Carlin was remembered for his “Black Comedy” as well as his take on politics, psychology, and religion. The purpose of “Black Comedy” is to make light of taboo, vulgar issues, and even bring discomfort to their audiences as a tool. Some popular issues include; homophobia, murder, drug abuse, terminal

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