‘Can We Take a Joke’ Documentary Screened on College Campuses this Fall

September 6, 2015

By Meghan Keenan at Red Alert Politics

Can college students still take a joke?

Chris Rock and Jerry Seinfeld both said they were done performing on college campuses this year because students are “way too conservative” and “pc.”

This fall, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) will host screenings of documentary “Can We Take a Joke?” on college campuses across the country.

“Comedy helps to highlight social trends, current events, politics, and more, thereby opening new opportunities for dialogue,” FIRE’s Alisha Glennon writes. “By exposing current threats to comedic expression, FIRE hopes to support comedy’s vital role in our society.”

The documentary will tell the story of comedian Lenny Bruce whose obscenity trial is seen as a landmark moment for freedom of speech.

The documentary will also feature interviews by comedians Adam Carolla, Gilbert Gottfried, Penn Jillette, Jim Norton, Lisa Lampanelli, Heather McDonald and Karith Foster, who will discuss times when their routines stirred offense.

FIRE also hopes to increase outreach to student comedians and defend those who are using humor to highlight important issues.

“Start getting psyched for what is turning out to be a riotously funny romp about the importance of both free speech and comedy at a time when they are sorely needed,” said FIRE President Greg Lukianoff.

Reason TV’s Nick Gillespie interviewed the documentary’s producer Ted Balaker.

“I think frankly the university can learn a lot from the world of stand-up comedians,” Balaker said. “The university is supposed to be this free marketplace of ideas where you try different ideas out and test them against each other.”

Watch the full interview below.