On the most recent episode, stand-up comedian and performance artist Phil Dunning came up with the following:
My daughter comes up to me the other day and she goes, "Daddy Daddy, I've just seen a couple of fairies at the bottom of the garden."
I said, "Oh really, what were they doing?"
She said, "Sucking each other's cocks."
Immediately followed by:
I've got one son, one daughter.
My son, we were sat at the dinner table the other day and he says, "Daddy, Daddy, I want to be a ballet dancer."
I said, "You can't do that son. It's dangerous."
He said, "Why?"
I said, "Cos I'll break your f**king legs, you little poofter!"
I think most viewers might have realised from his dress, delivery, and demeanour that he was satirising non-PC stand-up comedians many of whom, in days of yore, had spectacularly successful careers using exactly that type of material.
I think it is equally true to say that, had he (under an anonymous username) put those jokes in writing on a BCG thread, a number of members would immediately have marched upon his house carrying pitchforks and flaming torches.
That's the problem with the written word: irony isn't always obvious - particularly to those who would rather die than recognise it when it's there.
Phil Dunning is a talented comedian - no doubt about it - but a great comedian would have come out on stage and delivered those two jokes (and more) absolutely straight without the slightest suggestion of irony while watching the horror on the audience's faces before walking off stage and awaiting the media backlash.
Now that is anarchy!