Can A Rape Joke Be Funny (Redux)?

The Sexist's Amanda Hess is almost as obsessed with rape joke humor as we are, so she's compiled a strong list of The Onion's hits and misses in the rape joke genre. [Washington City Paper] » 7/02/09 6:45pm 7/02/09 6:45pm

New Yorker: Zadie Smith Writes About Comedy & Class Issues

Wunderkind novelist Zadie Smith has a personal essay in this week's New Yorker that's ostensibly about British comedy of the Basil Fawlty "laugh-or-you'll-cry-genre," but is actually about her father and about class. » 12/15/08 2:00pm 12/15/08 2:00pm

Is A Rape Joke Ever Funny?

I will be the first person to admit that I have a sick sense of humor. I never lose a gross-out contest, I revel in inappropriate jokes and I consider, when telling a joke, a look of horror as nearly as good as getting a laugh. But I often hear from people — men and women — that rape jokes are never, ever funny. Well,… » 11/20/08 4:00pm 11/20/08 4:00pm