Is a joke just a joke, no matter what the subject matter?

@jodylee (968)
United States
September 18, 2011 8:05pm CST
Sometimes I find myself in situations where I get uncomfortable and I usually make jokes to try and get myself to feeling better. There have been times when I have wondered if I may have crossed one of those invisible lines. So I ask you, what, if anything, is too serious to be joked about?
1 response
@megamatt (14326)
• United States
19 Sep 11
These days it really does depend on the context and the audience. There are somethings where it might be rather funny with a certain audience when you tell a joke. But with another set of people, it is going to be highly offensive and not good at all. There are many things that might be borderline depending on the people present but many other things that should not be joked on. I don't think I am the best person to really determine what is what. I am not the most politically correct person in the world after all. There are going to be a lot of times where people are going to take a lot of jokes the wrong way. I think a good rule of thumb that if there is any doubt in your mind, any doubt whatsoever, then perhaps it is best left unsaid.
@jodylee (968)
• United States
20 Sep 11
I am so the one that tries to be politically correct but misses completely. I end up being out of line sometimes but really do not mean any harm when it happens. Knowing the audience works well when you are trying to make a joke but sometimes they just slip out at the most inopportune times.