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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Larry David: Too Soon?

NYT's public editor Margaret Sullivan with new column critiqueing decision to run that Larry David column on Sunday, portraying how his mother might have reacted to Larry being a suspect in the Boston bombing.  She concludes:  too insensitive, also, alas, "unfunny."  Context:  "Humor is hard to gauge, of course. What works for some people doesn’t work for others. (And Mr. David’s material often cracks me up.) Some people have much more stomach than others for jokes that are in questionable or plain old bad taste. And the question of timing is tricky. New Yorkers may remember Gilbert Gottfried booed for making a 9/11 joke at the Friars Club, with audience members shouting, 'Too soon, too soon.'”