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Popular Edge-Lady and Edge-Lord Jo Waugh and Adam Smith are joined by Nicole Graham to talk about the popular card game ‘Cards Against Humanity.’ The game’s own promotional materials claim that is it intended as a work of satire, but is it really? Nicole discusses her recent book chapter ‘Laughing with Horrible People: Reaffirming Ethical Boundaries Through Laughter’ in which she applies an eighteenth-century framework for understanding humour to the famously offensive card game to determine how it works and who is culpable for the cards played during a game should they cause upset or offense.
Jo and Adam also talk about their own relationship with board games, CAH’s imminent cancellation and what happened when the government decided to use a very familiar font when sending out their important announcement about Coronavirus.
In this episode Adam and Jo talk about:
Alexander Pope (The Rape of the Lock)
Cards Against Humanity
Cards Against Humanity Lab
That Mitchell and Webb Sound
Thomas Hobbes (Leviathan)
Three theories of comedy: Incongruity, Superiority and Relief
Who Wants to be a Millionaire
Graham, Nicole (2020) ‘Laughing With ‘Horrible’ People: Reaffirming Ethical Boundaries Through Laughter’. In: Benko, Steven, ed. Ethics in Comedy: Essays on Crossing the Line. McFarland, Jefferson, pp. 210-222. ISBN 978-1-4766-7641-8. E-ISBN 978-1-4766-4097-6.