404 - Noam Dworman: The Risk of Censorship…


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I talk to Noam Dworman, owner of the Comedy Cellar about censorship, starting and running a small family-owned business, freedom of information vs. freedom of speech (which is more important?) and... Louis C.K.'s return to the stage. Some background: a few weeks ago, Louis C.K. showed up at the Comedy Cellar. Noam wasn't there. He got a text. "Louis's here." He saw it the next morning. Now everyone is asking Noam, "Where do you draw the line?" He's gotten death threats. I told Noam “When we were growing up no one had peanut allergies. A generation later, because we’ve disinfected everything, millions of kids have peanut allergies. And now, people are allergic to language. It doesn’t seem like this trend ever reverses. First, we were disinfecting our food. Now we’re disinfecting language. What’s next?"

Links and Resources

Comedy Cellar

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Louis (tv show)

Fat Black Pussy Cat

Village Underground

Cafe Wha?

Bill Grundfest

Gilbert Gottfried

John Stewart

Bill Marr

Ray Ramano

Larry David

Michael Che


Allan Havey

Malcolm Gladwell

The Comedy Channel

Jerry Seinfeld’s Documentary “Comedian”

“Tough Crowd”

Amy Schumer

Chris Rock

Dave Patel

Joe Machi

Gary Shandling

Robert Kline

Harvey weinstein

Bill Cosby

Aziz Ansari

Fable: The Emperor’s New Clothes

Jim Gaffigan

Norm MacDonald


“The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas Are Setting Up a Generation for Failure” by Greg Lukianoff

“1984" by George Orwell

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