#CiC – where is the line?

Less than a week today Cradled in Caricature would have drawn to a close (though a second larger event is already being planned. Watch. This. Space…). The day will include a roundtable event entitled ‘Where is the Line’, where a panel of four (including myself) will discuss the changing nature of taboo with respect to stand-up comedy, stereotypes, and communities. We are in process of choosing video clips to begin the session, though two names are currently at the forefront of our attentions. The first is Johnny Vegas, an alter ego whose believable presentation as a genuine ‘out-of-control’ drunken comedian allows Pennington to push boundaries of taste in comedy. The second is Emo Philips, a comedian who until this evening I was not aware of. I’m sure you’ll see how in the clip below his peculiar mode of delivery allows for the subtle insertion of material which a wider public might find utterly distastful…

The joke I appropriated for the relevant #CiC theme poster is much less problematic. Nonetheless, it teases out the point about taboo and boundaries rather well (I think). It is also, once more [http://cradledincaricature.blogspot.com/2011/06/cic-adverts-and-taxonomies.html], unlikely to get me in trouble with the campus powers that be…

Cradled in Caricature will take place on Monday 20 June, at Woolf College, University of Kent, Canterbury.

The full programme can be found here.

For inquiries or further information contact me at cradledincaricature@gmail.com or twitter.com/cincaricature.


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