In a recent much publicised case over here in Scotland, a self-proclaimed comedian was arrested and convicted of being “grossly offensive” when he trained his partner’s pet pug to do a Nazi salute and posted the video on YouTube. That’s what can happen here, when a “comedian” offends people.
Was this really a “joke”? He seemed to believe so and said that was his motivation. Supporters of the action argue that the joke wasn’t funny, and that he wasn’t a “real” comedian.
Personally, I wasn’t aware that comedians required professional certification to prove their comic credentials. Lawyers have to pass the bar - perhaps comedians have to remain in it? (I’ll get my coat … and watch my language). I think the very fact that any form of State authority is tasked with defining the bounds of the “legally funny” is an altogether unfunny turn of events.