ON DANIEL TOSH: THE ONLY THING UNFUNNIER THAN A RAPE JOKE IS SOMEONE WITH NO SENSE OF HUMOUR
I’ve never much enjoyed the work of Daniel Tosh, I find his patronising, smug tone a little too much for me. That said, the man knows how to write a joke and certainly doesn’t shy away from taboo subjects, which I admire. More comedians should do the same.
But I’ve never been terribly comfortable with the whole ‘it was just a joke’ argument when a comedian intentionally offends a crowd. It’s a cop out. It’s discrediting to the craft to deliberately antagonise an audience, and then when they become understandably offended or upset, shrug it off, as though your opinion doesn’t matter.