Years ago I was at a comedy show that I produced where a comedian opened up his set with “If you are offended by anything I might say in the next hour let me first remind you that you’re an adult and secondly you’re at a comedy show.” I’ve produced thousands of comedy events around the globe over my years and I personally could not agree with him more.

There’s been quite a bit of controversy unfolding since comedian Daniel Tosh’s rape joke at a recent comedy club in Los Angeles, where an audience member was highly offended by one of Daniel Tosh’s rape jokes. Her blog about the incident has since gone viral.

After an audience member interrupted his comedy set to call him out in response to his rape joke, Tosh paused for a moment. Then, he says, “Wouldn’t it be funny if that girl got raped by like, 5 guys right now? Like right now? What if a bunch of guys just raped her…” and the audience member was, completely stunned and finding it hard to process what was happening but knowing she needed to get out of there, immediately she nudged her friend, who was also completely stunned, and they high-tailed it out of there.

Fellow comedian Dane Cook slammed the attendee via Twitter, without referencing Tosh’s incident directly. “If you journey through this life easily offended by other people’s words I think it’s best for everyone if you just kill yourself,” Cook tweeted.

The bottom line, if you’re easily offended you should not host, attend, or watch any standup comedy. If Rated R movies offended you, my guess is that you wouldn’t watch them.

What’s your take?

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