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Comedy – More Than a Laugh

Format: DVD | Streaming | Download
Length: 11:02
Grade Level: 9-12+
Closed Captioned:

Streaming/DVD: English

When does withholding your opinion/thoughts cross the line from a personal choice to being pressured into silence?

Many a true word is said in jest…

Humor has long been a vehicle to poke fun at not just ourselves, but society and the issues our culture is contending with. It holds up a mirror and explores sometimes painful truths. Comedians often push the boundaries into uncomfortable territory.

From Aristophanes in the 5th century B.C., to All in the Family and South Park, comedy has been thought-provoking and made us laugh as well.

But free speech is no laughing matter. It’s a necessary part of a free society.

What do we lose when we silence comedians and prevent them from exercising free speech and provoking introspection on life’s issues?