Comedians are known for poking fun at horrific situations, but this incident might just be in poor taste.
During a recent stand-up comedy performance at the Laugh Factory in LA, Dane Cook made a joke about last week's shooting in Colorado during a screening of The Dark Knight Rises. That's according to Huffington Post. Perhaps somewhat surprisingly though, a large percentage of the audience laughed at and even applauded the joke!
So what was the joke in question? Dane said that the movie was so bad, "... if none of that would have happened, I'm pretty sure that somebody in that theater, about 25 minutes in, realizing it was a piece of crap, was probably like, ‘Ugh, f****** shoot me.’” However, Dane also asked the audience beforehand if it was okay to tell the joke and was given a resounding yes.
This isn't the first time a comic has attempted to make light of a sensitive topic. Gilbert Gottfried made a 9/11 joke in NYC not even a month after the tragedy, while Daniel Tosh recently made an ill-advised attempt at a rape joke. It does raise the question though of when the "too soon" statute of limitations can be lifted in a comedy act.
What do you think of Dane's joke? Is it too soon? Would it ever be appropriate to make a joke about this shooting?
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