Can We Take a Joke?

Can We Take a Joke?

By Ted Balaker

  • Genre: Ted Balaker
  • Release Date: 2016-07-29
  • Advisory Rating: Unrated
  • Runtime: 1h 14min
  • Director: Ted Balaker
  • Production Company: Korchula Productions
  • iTunes Price: USD 6.99
  • iTunes Rent Price: USD 0.99
From 8 Ratings


In the age of social media, nearly every day brings a new eruption of outrage. While people have always found something to be offended by, their ability to organize a groundswell of opposition to – and public censure of – their offender has never been more powerful. Today we’re all one clumsy joke away from public ruin. Can We Take A Joke? offers a thought-provoking and wry exploration of outrage culture through the lens of stand-up comedy, with notables like Gilbert Gottfried, Penn Jillette, Lisa Lampanelli, and Adam Carolla detailing its stifling impact on comedy and the exchange of ideas. What will the future will be like if we can’t learn how to take a joke?




  • Can We Take a Joke

    By Flicked 67
    Excellent! The film takes a multi fasted look at free speech. It entertains and engages while creating a beautiful sense of optimism. A must watch!
  • Don't say "Fire" in a movie theatre

    By sharifmatar
    Deeply relevant, powerful and hilarious! The film will likely challenge your beliefs & offend you at some point, but by the end you'll be grateful it did. Spectacular fun at just the right time. Q: Bad speech? A: More speech! PS AIDS is listening.
  • Funny because it hurts

    By Tom More
    Get’s to the heart of how insane it is to shut down free speech to protect the “feelings” of this or that group. It all becomes a big power trip and this video does a great job making the point.
  • Ignore the rotten tomatoes rating

    By andyman8662
    This film is high and tight
  • Important and Entertaining

    By lukimiguel
    From funny and entertaining to sobering and frightening. Great account of how political correctness is making acceptance of censorship mainstream. Not just entertaining - but really important to watch. Consider it your patriotic duty to watch this documentary.
  • Must see

    By Anambro
    This documentary is thorough in its analysis of culture and comedy and really well done. It is a must see for anyone concerned about the current climate for the freedom of speech on college campuses and around the country as a whole when it comes to comedy.
  • Needs to be seen/heard

    By BertyBert
    Take 70 minutes of your life and be enlightened by this very well-done documentary about how everyone is WAY too up tight now a days. The idea of being arrested simply for saying something is very scary. The fact that we still have free speech is one area where America remains superior vs the rest of the world. Let's never lose that. because if we lose it here, there is no where else to go.
  • Not Funny

    By WestOfficePC
    I was disappointed to say the least.
  • Terrific

    By RichyTrex
    This is a very thought provoking, interesting, and often very funny documentary on the state of free speech, humor, and the seemingly professional offense-mongers in America. Highly recommended.
  • Thinking freely requires the possibility of speaking freely

    By Wonder-ful Fan
    Everyone should see this movie. The film looks at how common it is for people to become outraged and to collectively shame others into silence. And so we destroy the possibility to speak and to think together in novel ways. A great movie that considers all of this by looking at the comedy world.