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Seriously… can you take a joke?

Are people becoming too sensitive? Can we still take a joke? Or should we be more discerning about what we consider to be humorous?

Political correctness is a touchy subject – sure, there are some things that are definitely a no-go zone, and some jokes that can be widely understood as jests in good faith. But what about the jokes, comments, or off-hand remarks that were made in good faith, but understood otherwise? The negotiation in this area is also entirely subjective, and there’s no great way to go about it, especially around people with whom you don’t have a mutual understanding. Let’s start a conversation about this: read the article below, and let us know what you think on our Facebook page!


As a professional entertainer working in the public, corporate, and private markets for over 23 years, it’s fair to say that I have learned a thing, or two, about my audiences and about people’s social behaviour in general. I’ve encountered all types of people – young and old, female and male, white and blue collar, local and international cultures and everyone in between.

As a performer, I am granted access to all sorts of worlds, lives, and private functions that the average person may never gain access to in one life time. I’ve entertained in mansions of millionaires, in corporate boardrooms, at the pub, at the local school and on backyard patios. There was even that one time I was hired to harass a client at their own courtroom hearing, outside the courthouse no less! (But that’s another story…for another blog)

Tweet: “At the end of the day, humans tend to behave roughly the same ways when they are in groups”…

I have literally entertained thousands of people, in their homes, and at their places of work, across Australia, and during this time I have learnt a lot about what engages people, what makes them laugh, what makes them respond – and also (it’s fair to say) what doesn’t. I’ve developed a sixth sense in reading a crowd, and I’ve realized that, no matter what cultural background or life experience, at the end of the day, humans tend to behave roughly the same ways when they are in groups.  With this knowledge, I take pride in being able to expertly navigate any crowd, so that we can all have some fun together!

Are people becoming afraid to have fun?

It saddens me to report from the front line, good readers – it is appearing to me that people are afraid to have fun! Increasingly, we performers are finding the tightrope act of performing what is funny, and what is acceptable, is becoming thinner and thinner! What one person finds hilarious, another will just as quickly be offended by. At a time when the response to possible future litigations and fallouts is to simply to put a blanket policy ban on everything, I have to wonder: are we becoming too sensitive?  Or is this just a reflection of the change in the status quo attitude?

Together with the many talented people we represent and work with, we have created a company that provides a very unique service that isn’t often seen elsewhere in the market. We aim to entertain and captivate a crowd by carefully and deliberately creating a safe space where our audience can be free to enjoy themselves, express themselves, lose themselves in the moment, and above all, laugh and have some fun!

Tweet: “We are the professionals at turning raised eyebrows into raised roofs

To achieve this lofty aim, we are often pushing the envelope against the mundane everyday sort of apathy that some have adopted towards being entertained. We are the professionals at turning raised eyebrows into raised roofs. However, there has to be a trust in our method and materials; our clients need to also be on board and keep an open mind.  However, recently we have received all kinds of odd requests – sometimes before an event, or even during.

What do you think of these requests?

There was that time when our performers went in to host a corporate Wild West themed Murder Mystery party. The hosts were cowboys from the 1800s – the time period of the story. We received feedback that the word ‘Indian’ was offensive, and that we should be rewriting our games to say ‘Native Americans’. While we don’t argue against the principle of political correctness in today’s culture (you certainly wouldn’t call a Native American an Indian in 2016), we have to point out that our performers were hired to be in character as a pair of rough-talking cowboys from the 1800s – or do you think we should be playing ‘Cowboys and Native Americans’?

Since Murder Mysteries is one of the most popular team building activities we offer and we have over half a dozen different stories under various, often dark genres, it goes without saying that one or two of the games may include drug references. Now, it’s one thing to ask for drug references to be removed if the guests included children or members who have been affected by addiction in the past, but on the ‘off-chance’ that it may offend someone?  This becomes an overreaction in our minds – it’s a Murder Mystery game, for crying out loud – the whole event hinges around someone being killed in cold blood!

A similar occurrence was when a client recently declined to hold a Las Vegas themed event with casino tables etc, for fear of endorsing gambling, but they were perfectly happy to hold a Murder Mystery evening instead. So by this reasoning, is the notion of murder more acceptable now? Is it in good taste? Better taste than drugs, or gambling?

“…we are the players, the game masters, the jokers, the dunces, and the jesters… we want to have fun with our audiences with absolutely no intention on marginalising, offending or provoking anyone.”

But that’s just it – we don’t have to argue anything here, as we are the players, the game masters, the jokers, the dunces, and the jesters. We are entertaining, playing, pretending. And we want to have fun with our audiences with absolutely no intention on marginalising, offending or provoking anyone. We are not here to comment on the moral or social behaviour of our times.  Or, I posit, am I incorrect?

Once again, we obviously draw a clear distinction between avoiding offending guests and clients who have struggled with very real and personal issues in the past, whether it be drugs or gambling, but we are often left wondering whether people are putting too much gravitas on limiting their entertainment ‘just in case’ it might offend and not in ‘what would happen if’ we were to create…

Did we put our foot in it?

So what’s with the rubber foot? The other week, for a bit of an immature guffaw, I stuck a fake rubber foot attached to the bottom of a trouser leg out the back of my car. It was one of those gag-shop bits designed to make people look twice – and that’s what I was wondering if it would do. Well, it turns out it made at least one person look hard enough…to call the cops! The office received a phone call from a constable, saying a very distressed 000 call was made from a citizen who saw the foot and thought the worst. The police had tracked the license plate numbers and saw that it was registered to an entertainment company, which explains the courtesy call rather than the SWAT team!

“Are people just becoming too sensitive?”

You can see in the photo that it’s a fake foot, from the discolouring, the distinct lack of any blood, to the clear window in the back of my KIA RIO hatch! Bar that one 000 caller, countless other people would have thought the same, right? For me this was the icing on the cake for me to have to ask – are people becoming just a bit too sensitive? Should we be a bit more lenient with actors pretending to be cowboys using terms from the day?

Or maybe we should try to look outside of our performer’s paradigm, and consider things from a different space? What do you think? Can you still handle a joke?

– Daniel Tusia, Creative Director at Applause Entertainment

https://www.applause.com.au/K}b:&E_}a[61[M_0/}ce)6a