On Twitter I've seen several people complain that Ebola can be joked about but diseases like cancer and the like are off limits. Do you think 'harmless' jokes about Ebola are okay (for whatever reason)?
There's just gonna be Ebola jokes whether some people like it or not. Maybe try to find something that's really worth being mad about.
Nothing is off-limits. This is America!!!
But some things just aren't funny
I don't think I (or anybody I've ever seen perform comedy) got the cancer memo.
There's no forbidden topics.
Anything and everything can be joked about, sometimes you need to relieve the tension of a situation, yes there can be a bad time to tell one, but it can be used for good!
Not sure I follow the distinction. Whether or not it's cool to joke about something has less to do with entire topics being off limits and more to do with whether the comedy is done well or not. Some topics are much more difficult than others to do
well, which leads some to say you shouldn't joke "about" the topic in question. I think usually the real problem is that so many who think themselves comedians joke about it unskillfully. I don't know whether I think cancer is a more difficult topic
Only for the terminally insensitive. Would it be funny if it were in their city? In their family?
If other people choose to think it's funny, that's their business.