In the 1960s, cops arrested Lenny Bruce for word crimes, but today the policed have become the police. It happens all the time: a comedian tells a joke, someone gets offended, and outrage blasts across the land. These days many people seem more interested in being outraged than having a laugh. But now, some of the sharpest comedic minds, including Gilbert Gottfried, Jim Norton, Lisa Lampanelli, Adam Carolla, Karith Foster, and Penn Jillette, are fighting back. After all, what's at stake is more than comedy-it's free speech, and the wild and weird process that fuels human progress.


Ted Balaker