Well this video, while rendering, took on all new meaning following the firing of Rosanne Barr from ABC after a series of Tweets, so I guess that means it’s as important a time as any to discuss the subject of comedy and political correctness. Can you be PC and funny or is there something about humor that requires offensiveness? I answer these questions with research and data from benign violations theory and a variety of research on humor in this latest installment the psychology of humor.

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References:
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McGraw, A.P. & Warren, C. (2010). Benign violations: Making immoral behavior funny. Psychological Science, 21, 1141-1149.
McGraw, A.P., Warren, C., Williams, L., & Leonard, B., (2012). Too close for comfort, or too far to care? Finding humor in distant tragedies and close mishaps. Psychological Science, 25, 1215 – 1223.
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McGraw, A.P., Williams, L.T., & Warren, C. (2014). The rise and fall of humor: Psychological distance modulates humorous responses to tragedy. Social Psychology and Personality Science,5, 566-572.
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