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Ricky Gervais has faced a lot of criticism for jokes perceived as offensive. Matt Hobbs/Flickr

What is the point of offensive humour?

You may think a rape joke is harmless but research shows that it can have serious consequences.
A statue celebrating Monty Python’s sketch The Dead Parrot near London’s Tower Bridge ahead of a live show on the TV channel Gold. DAVID HOLT/Flickr

Is there such a thing as a national sense of humour?

There are ways to pin down what a country laughs at – including who they like to make fun of.

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