When you’re dealing with these sort of sensitive topics, and in this day and age everything’s sensitive let’s be honest, I’d say really pushing the boundaries is vital because if you construct a good joke the pay off is quite high and you’ll get a huge reaction because you’ve taken an uncomfortable issue … and you’ve given a new perspective on that issue and you’ve made [the audience] laugh” – Comedian, Neel Kolhatkar

In stand-up comedy you’re likely hear a few ‘ooohs’ and ‘too soons’ because that’s what comedians do, they push boundaries to make people laugh. But it is also very common to see comics get slammed for crossing the line. So where is that sweet spot, where is the line?

In today’s society, there has been a lot of discussion surrounding stand up comedians becoming too politically correct. But is it changing for the better? Or does comedy need to be edgy and provocative to have the most impact?

Where is the line in stand-up comedy? Can it still be effective without the risk of offending?

Wavelength spoke to¬†Professor of Psychiatry at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Steve Ellen, and Australian comedian and YouTuber, Neel Kolhatkar, who think we should think again about coming down too hard on comedians if they ever ‘cross the line’.

Air Date: May 21, 2018

Reporter: Michael Migali

Photo: Neel Kolhatkar

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