Laughing at a sensitive subject: Crohn’s disease can be such a pain in the butt!

May 18, 2011

There’s nothing funny or cool about Crohn’s disease, an inflammatory disease of the intestines that cause a wide range of unpleasant symptoms, from abdominal pain to diarrhea and vomiting. Having Crohn’s disease is not something that you’re necessarily eager to announce to the world—not unless your name is Ben Morrison, you suffer from Crohn’s disease, and instead of dealing with the delicate health issue in private, you deal with it right out in the open. Ben’s one-man show, “Pain in the butt” is not quite a celebration of Crohn’s disease but it presents the issues that Crohn’s sufferers deal with in a straight-forward, non-squeamish way. It also raises the question of how far one should go in confronting a sensitive subject, like diseases, with comedy—would it be OK to make fun of cancer? We talk humor and disease, two things that don’t normally go together.

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