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In defense of politically correct comedy

In defense of politically correct comedy

Comedians have always had one simple guiding rule: Be funny. That is, some critics say, until now.

We're now witnessing a debate about whether there's a place for political correctness in comedy — that profession that profits from poking fun at others, playing with taboo and pushing the proverbial envelope. From Dennis Miller to Jim Norton to Daniel Lawrence Whitney (a.k.a. Larry the Cable Guy), comics are bemoaning the infringement on their freedom of speech wrought by overly-sensitive listeners.

Even Jerry Seinfeld, famous for his harmless observational patter, took to the Late Night with Seth Meyers to voice his...