You Will Be Offended: Satire, Comedy, and Public Discourse
From the CTY Course Catalog (2020):
At its most potent, humor—satire in particular—is an indispensable tool for revealing uncomfortable truths and exposing hypocrisy. In doing so, it usually manages to provoke, shock, spark debate, and, yes, offend. In this course, students explore the role satire and comedy have played in American cultural and political debates via newspaper cartoons, editorials, essays, TV shows, and stand-up routines. Humorists under consideration include Mark Twain, Lenny Bruce, Don Rickles, Richard Pryor, Norman Lear, Joan Rivers, Gary Trudeau, and Samantha Bee.