Over the weekend I visited a haunted house. The whole experience was great fun. See that? I said it was "FUN." In fact, all signs point to everyone having a great time, giggling and laughing between screams and squeals, which got me to thinking.
While watching Roman Polanski's The Pianist, chances are we aren't expecting to find humor, much less to laugh. Take, for instance, the scene in which the German SS throw a disabled man out a window to his death.
How can you tell when a prank has gone too far and strayed into bullying territory? Are high jinks and teasing just a natural, innocuous part of life, or can poking fun at others do real, lasting harm?
There's no question Portland is now firmly established on the national comedy map -- and the credit goes largely to Andy Wood, an electrical engineer turned comic who helped launch Bridgetown, running this week from April 12 to 15.