In The Dreamer, Chapelle laughs at disability, bisexuality and gay men. But his jokes continue to come back to one target: the transgender community.
Some comedians put race at the centre of their comedy, giving audiences a chance to release some tension. But how far is too far? Where is the line between a lighthearted joke and deep-rooted racism?
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.