In its September issue, The Atlantic published a piece titled "That's Not Funny!" - talking about the process colleges use to audition and book comics to entertain at their institutions. Additionally, a number of pretty famous comics like Chris Rock, Jerry Seinfeld and John Cleese, have spoken out on the issues with comedy on college campuses.
It appears our young and college administrations have become so sensitive and sympathetic to the concerns of the easily-offended that comedy must conform to their expectations. We can no longer ignore that which may upset, but must squash it before it occurs.
I will be the first to admit that much of what I see today seems unfunny, but I also realize that what I thought was hilarious as a kid was probably considered asinine by my parents. Why is that? I think it comes from our need to seek our own identities. To do so, we often chose paths that take us to extremes; at least until we are confident in ourselves.
As an aged observer I offer this, if our next generation continues down this path of hyper-sensitivity instilled by their helicopter parents -- the legacy of Second City and SNL will be found only in the archives of the internet, and the only comedy will be in the political debates.