Society has moved to a place where everyone is held accountable if their jokes are found offensive.
Critics have long pooh-poohed conservative comics. But in today’s fragmented media environment, right-wing comedy has become both a moneymaker and a force in politics.
Despite the challenges of being a female comedian, the women who do choose to perform feel emboldened to speak out in ways that can resist sexism.
The Arts Council has included comedy clubs in its recent emergency rescue package but has said stand-up is not an art form.
Comedians are being told to avoid joking about some things – and that’s not funny.
From Obama to street protests, humour is being used to make some very serious points.