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Questions that arise following the editors' advice

I beging to think about things a bit more deeply, after my experience of capturing 'a joke'.

Can we apply the word 'inspired' to a joke, ie, 'that was an inspired joke?' Where does your inspiration/ jokes/ humour come from?

Can we apply valuable in the same way as in that is a valuable joke? What makes a joke valuable? What's in it for society? What's in for the comedian? Tell me about copy writing a joke, earning from a joke? Which of your jokes earned you the most?

Tell me about the risks you take in telling a joke. When would you not tell a joke? Do you tell a joke for the first time that you think might be too close to the bone? Can you test a joke for safety? What happens when things go wrong? What happened to Ricky Gervais, Frankie Boyle and Jim Davidson? Why should you put a potentially dodgy joke out there?

How long does a joke stay in the culture? Is it appropriate to refer back to something that happened a long time ago? Does a lack of topicality or context spoil a joke?

I want to get back to the issue of safety. I think its important for the disability movement or for comedians working with disability as an issue. It seems there are issues about what can be said inside peer groups that might not be acceptable outside. How far can you go with this either as defining jokes by audience or as taboo busters? Can we be cruel about ourselves, cruel about people we know? Should only blind people tell jokes about blind people?

There is an idea that the problem with joking about disability is around content. That something can be harsh or hostile and that this reveals discriminatory beliefs. How do you measure this? Are there aspects of content that can be explored. Such as stupidity, or wickedness? Can you use something that is downright ridiculous?

Is there a danger in that we create our own stereotypes through creating humour?

Colin Hambrook, the editor of Disability Arts Online thinks that humour is a mechanism for dealing with life? Do you feel that your jokes fit with this description?

He also says that humour is a mask for what we fear?

What is the difference between your humour about disability and disablist humour? Where do you draw the line?

So, I've got my questions. Some from my own journey and some from Colin. Will I find at the end of this I can only ask more questions?