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Can I Laugh At That?

Hosted By: Unorthodox Podcast

How does bad news fuel good comedy? Four leading comedians discuss what they can – and can’t – joke about in this hyper-politicized age.

What a half-decade it’s been! Since 2016, we have seen two polarizing presidential elections; national reckonings around race, sex, gender, and power; an alarming spike in acts of hate, and a once-in-a-century pandemic. In normal times, comedy can offer relief from pain and anxiety. But these aren’t normal times. For comedians, too, the world has changed, and their job—like so many jobs—has gotten immeasurably more difficult. The WNET Group’s ALL ARTS and EXPLORING HATE present: “Can I Laugh At That?”

Four leading comedians discuss how they do their jobs in today’s world. It’s a world where a failed joke can end up on social media, dissected by millions. Where the line between an acceptable joke and one that crosses the line is blurrier than ever. Where bad news does inspire good comedy … even if we’re laughing through our tears. Our promotional partners are UNORTHODOX and PEN America.


Judy Gold, author of “Yes, I Can Say That”


Alex Edelman, stand-up and star of Off-Broadway show,  “Just for Us”

Negin Farsad, director/producer of the feature film, The Muslims Are Coming!, and selected as a TEDFellow for her work in social justice comedy.

Michael Yard, stand-up and alumnus of  “The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore”

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Unorthodox Podcast

Unorthodox is a smart, fresh, fun weekly take on Jewish news and culture hosted by Mark Oppenheimer, Stephanie Butnick, and Liel Leibovitz. With tens of thousands of loyal listeners, known as the JCrew, and millions of total downloads, the show is, according to God and iTunes, the world’s most popular Jewish podcast. In 2019, Stephanie, Mark, and Liel published the best-selling Newish Jewish Encyclopedia, the funniest and most engaging book explaining and opining on all of Jewish life since the Talmud.
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