Louis CK and the “F-word” in comedy

Having spent some time last night contemplating the surprising amount of homoeroticism in Sergio Leone’s films, I was struck today by this scene from Louis CK’s quietly brilliant comedy show Louie, where a poker game amongst professional comics triggers a discussion of one particularly problematic word that is often used in comedy. Astonishingly, the dialogue just about manages to communicate a larger truth about the violence (both verbal and physical) associated with terms that are used to single out minorities: a great scene from a terrific show that just started its second season.

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