When you go through life angry over every perceived injustice, you become a very boring person. Comedians know this and a new documentary explores the topic.

Campus Reform reports.

Comedians ‘appalled’ by humorless college students

A feature documentary delving into the intersection of comedy and free speech traces the origins of the outrage culture against offensive comedians directly to college campuses.

Nearly 400 people attended an advanced screening of Can We Take a Joke? Tuesday night at the Newseum in Washington, DC, which was sponsored by a diverse array of organizations, including the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the Charles Koch Institute, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), Flying Dog Brewery, and the National Coalition Against Censorship.

The screening was followed by a Q&A panel with the producers and director of the film, comedians Gilbert Gottfried and Karith Foster, and free speech lawyers and activists.

The film traces the silencing of “offensive” comedians, from the jailing and death of Lenny Bruce to Jimmy Kimmel being forced to apologize for an off-color racial joke. Such outrage culture, the film says, often begins on college campuses where students try to avoid hearing ideas they don’t like.

Greg Lukianoff, the president and CEO of FIRE, said during the panel that he is “appalled” by the things he sees on college campuses.

“People are not able to be offended…it’s growth stunting,” he stated, “We have to realize there’s value to being offended.”

Multiple poignant examples of chilling speech on college campuses are displayed in the film. In one instance, Washington State University administrators paid students to attend another student’s comedy show so they could purposefully interrupt the performance.

Chris Lee, a black student comedian who created the show “Passion of the Musical” said the entire point was “to offend everybody…it was satire.” Lee eventually earned the title “Black Hitler” among his peers and on the internet for continuing the show and refusing to apologize.

Karith Foster, a comedian featured in the film, told Campus Reform, “I had such an amazing experience in college, it was a learning experience and I grew so much, so when I started hearing about my friends who were comics who were told they couldn’t do certain jokes…I was appalled.”