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Crossing the Line - Mark Leiren-Young

When does a joke go too far and actually cross 'the line'? And what defines the line: individual taste, or social convention? Writer and performer Mark Leiren-Young knows something about drawing, and stepping over, the line. He won the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour in 2009, and delivered the 2014 Southam Lecture at the University of Victoria on this very subject.
Mark Leiren-Young delivered the 2014 Harvey Stevenson Southam Lecture at the University of Victoria.
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When does a joke go too far and actually cross 'the line'? And what defines the line: individual taste, or social convention? Writer and performer Mark Leiren-Young knows something about drawing, and stepping over, the line. He won the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour in 2009, and delivered the 2014 Harvey Stevenson Southam Lecture at the University of Victoria on this very subject. This episode features excerpts from that talk and his conversation with host Paul Kennedy.

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