has spent a quarter century in comedy, and the co-director of films like “Dumb and Dumber
” and “There’s Something About Mary” says the world’s sense of humor has become increasingly touchy.
“People are very thin-skinned about a lot of subjects,” he said, speaking at Idaho’s Sun Valley Film Festival, held March 15-19. “You can’t even joke about them. These aren’t the days of Lenny Bruce
, when you could try a bunch of different things and break rules. Now, people are sensitive. But I think it’ll change. It’s a cyclical thing. Someone will come along who’s doing it differently, a modern-day Joan Rivers
who can make people laugh about being sensitive.”
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Another change Farrelly noted is the shrinking number of names that matter as comedy box office draws. It