“The Joke,” a cartoon by Jim Benton

Award-winning cartoonist Jim Benton published this six-panel strip this week, “The Joke,” that’s really more about the audience acting as pre-emptive comedy police by heckling the stand-up comedian mid-premise…but I’m interrupting your enjoyment of the strip even by writing this. So. Take a look! Of course, after Benton posted the strip on Reddit, some people didn’t quite get it. Irony! Or as Benton noted in the comments: “The people that want to scold me don’t seem to notice that the comedian never says a single offensive thing. Neither did I. It’s all triggered by assumptions. Maybe I should stick...

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