Crossing the [Punch] Line
Much like the Force, and the moon, and what we now know about Michael Jackson, even humour has a dark side. It’s a comic genre called “black comedy”, or dark humour. Much like clean water, not everyone gets it. If that last sentence was uncomfortable, that’s entirely the point of ‘black comedy’. Some comedians play the devil’s advocate, while others play the devil himself. They don’t push the envelope; they shred it, set it on fire, and mail it to an abortion clinic. Does political correctness fuel or ruin comedy? Mr. Alex Cothren, PhD candidate in Creative Writing at Flinders University is on the line now to discuss.