At least, thats the ironic claim of British comedian Jimmy Carr, co-author of Only Joking: Whats So Funny About Making People Laugh? (Gotham Books), which mixes one- liners and explorations of comedy theory with interesting notions such as Sigmund Freuds theory of verbal rape.
In Carrs words: Freud believed that any joke with sexual content in it is a form of verbal rape.
But, Carr adds: Its amazing how many things Freud was actually wrong about basically, everything.
One thing Carr does find interesting about the theory, is how female comedians get more hecklers on stage, which would actually support Freuds theory, since the male hecklers would understand on some level that racy female comedians are trying to rape THEM.
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