In “You Can’t Joke About That,” Kat Timpf explains how we are approaching sensitive topics in the wrong way. We have established incorrect rules that lead to unnecessary conflicts when we should feel like we are in this together.
When someone says “you can’t joke about that,” they actually mean that “this is a subject that makes people sad or angry.”
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Timpf amusingly and emotionally argues that the subjects that make people the most uncomfortable are the ones that we should joke about the most. She demonstrates that we can heal through humor, even about subjects that are typically taboo in polite conversation, such as traumatic breakups, cancer, poverty, Dave Chappelle, rape jokes, aging, religion, body image, deceased mothers, the lab leak theory, transgender swimmers, gaping wounds, campus censorship, and lousy Christmas presents.
This book presents Kat Timpf in a candid manner. Think of it as Timpf with her hair down, but since most of her hair is extensions, think of it as Timpf with her hair out. Read it to get to know her better. Read it because it is the most exceptional book on free speech and comedy in generations. Read it to laugh out loud, even at the kind of stuff that we are afraid to say out loud. Simply read it, and you will not regret it.
- Title Page
- Chapter 1: Discovering the Power of Comedy
- Chapter 2: Intention Absolutely Matters
- Chapter 3: Don’t Erase Anything
- Chapter 4: No One Wants to Hear You Whine (Unless It’s Funny)
- Chapter 5: Shitbag
- Chapter 6: Live, Laugh, Die
- Chapter 7: Is There Sexism in Comedy?
- Chapter 8: Words Are Not Violence
- Chapter 9: Safe Spaces Aren’t Real (and That’s Great!)
- Chapter 10: On Apologies and Apologizing
- Chapter 11: Sorry, but This One Is About Politics
- Chapter 12: Free Speech as a Cultural Value
- Chapter 13: Twitter and the Outrage Machine
- Chapter 14: Comedy Is My Religion
- PSA: You Also Have the Right Not to Speak