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Yes, I Can Say That: When They Come for the Comedians, We Are All in Trouble

Yes, I Can Say That: When They Come for the Comedians, We Are All in Trouble

by Judy Gold


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"No one makes me laugh harder than Judy Gold. If I had to pick one comedian to write a book about free speech, it would be Judy." – Amy Schumer

From award-winning comedian Judy Gold, an equal parts thoughtful and hilarious polemic on the current efforts to censor comedians, arguing that they undermine the art—and purpose—of comedy itself.

“You can say anything that comes to mind as long as it is funny.” — Richard Pryor

The fallout after Michelle Wolf’s roast at the 2018 White House Correspondent’s Dinner, Samantha Bee’s forced apology after calling Ivanka Trump a “feckless c*nt,” Kathy Griffin’s being “blacklisted” from Hollywood after posting a photo with what looked like the president’s severed head, all represent a dangerous and growing trend—to censor comedians.

In Yes I Can Say That, comedy veteran Judy Gold argues that "no one has the right to tell comics what they can or cannot joke about…. Laughter is a unifier. It's the best medicine. It's also the most palatable way to bring up seditious, subversive topics.” For Gold, nothing is more insidious than enforcing silence and repressing jokes—the job of a comedian is to expose society's demons, and confront them head-on, no prisoners allowed. In ten impassioned polemics, she frames comedy as a tool of empowerment, a way to reclaim hateful rhetoric and battle the democracy-crushing plight of censorship.

Uninhibited and bold, Gold is as skilled at making readers laugh as she is at exposing uncomfortable truths about our culture and society. In this era of partisan politics and gaping inequalities, Yes I Can Say That is the refreshingly candid, wickedly funny and deliciously blunt manifesto we need. 

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062953759
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 07/28/2020
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 339,711
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Judy Gold is an American standup comedian, actress, television writer, and producer.

She won two Daytime Emmy Awards for her work as a writer and producer on The

Rosie O’Donnell Show, and has starred in comedy specials on HBO, Comedy Central,

and Logo. She has also written and starred in two critically acclaimed, Off-Broadway

hit shows: The Judy Show—My Life as a Sitcom and 25 Questions for a Jewish

Mother. She is currently the host of the hit podcast Kill Me Now.


Table of Contents

Foreword ix

1 It's Not Funny Until the Fat Lady Cries 1

2 Say That Again, and I'll Wash Your Mouth Out with Soap 13

3 You Suck! Get Off the Stage! 27

4 I Didn't Say They're All Cheap 35

5 Sometimes the Truth Hurts 59

6 Lighten the Fuck Up! 75

7 There's a Reason It's Called an "Act" 89

8 Comparing Apples to Orange Fuckface Presidents 105

9 Duhl What Did You Expect? 137

10 Can We Talk? Please? 167

11 Fuck You, Mark Zuckerberg 193

Conclusion: So, What the Hell Are We Gonna Do About It? 207

Acknowledgments 211

Notes 213

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