There are only a couple of hard and fast rules I believe in when it comes to working with talent and Daniel Tosh, the stand-up comedian who hosts the Comedy Central Show “Tosh.0,” broke one of them recently: don’t make jokes about rape.
Tosh was apparently talking about how rape jokes are actually quite hilarious and when a women yelled out that she doesn’t find them funny at all he replied with something about how it would be hilarious if the heckler got raped that night after leaving the show.
While Tosh did eventually apologize for the comment there has been a lot of discussion about what happened. A lot of comedians have defended Tosh while a lot of other people are really offended.
Regardless of how you feel about what Tosh said there’s a reason not doing rape jokes on the air is one of my hard and fast rules: your career can’t withstand it.
Tosh will be OK, his show will go on, his career will continue or at least at this point it appears it will. You are not Daniel Tosh and your career is not going to withstand that kind of controversy. So don’t do it. There are plenty of other things to make jokes about, just take my advice and leave rape out of it.