Moral responsibility? Comedians are not philosophers or sociologists. Their job is to tell jokes. A comic’s goal isn’t to concern himself with societal norms but instead to connect with an audience and make people laugh. Not all comedians are “provocative.” Comedians such as Jim Gaffigan, Brian Regan, and Jerry Seinfeld get their audiences laughing and discussing what otherwise might be considered mundane topics such as family life, travel, and marriage. Having watched stand-up comedy for 30 years (when I was growing up in New Jersey, a local cable station broadcast taped shows from Rascal’s Comedy Club in West Orange) and knowing several comics myself, I can say that they’ll all tell you there’s no greater fear they have than an audience that doesn’t laugh at their material.