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On the left is a black-and-white icon of an eye. On the right is text that says "The Fine Line of Comedy."



Lazaridis Hall, Tom Patterson Theatre
Thursday, August 3, 2023
10:30 a.m. to noon
Peer Into The Playbill

A panel of special guests discuss ideas and issues in the playbill.

The Fine Line of Comedy

Both Spamalot and its Monty Python source material are known for pushing the limits of humour. A good comedian can use comedy to bring us to the edge of what is acceptable and have a punchline that brings us safely back. But in our rapidly evolving world, how do comedians, writers and audiences navigate the fine line between comedy and inappropriateness? Are different genres of comedy better equipped to do this? Award-winning stand-up comic, host and author Ali Hassan, Lezlie Wade, director of Monty Python’s Spamalot, and others discuss this fine line in a conversation moderated by former Festival Board Chair Dr. David Goldbloom.

Support for Peer into the Playbill is generously provided by The Dorothy Strelsin Foundation.

Support for The Meighen Forum is generously provided by Kelly & Michael Meighen and the T.R. Meighen Family Foundation.

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