“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 to fart jokes.”

Sean L. McCarthy

Editor and publisher since 2007, when he was named New York's Funniest Reporter. Former newspaper reporter at the New York Daily News, Boston Herald and smaller dailies and community papers across America. Loves comedy so much he founded this site.

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