The Jeselnik Offensive



Edgy comedy show features dark humor and stereotypes.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The show's humor is unapologetically edgy and often offensive with jokes about cancer, suicide, murder, and and/or current events. Stereotypes about Latinos and other groups are highlighted. Some of the jokes are designed to make a point; others are just meant to be funny.

Positive role models

Jeselnik takes pride in poking fun at inappropriate things as part of his act, but when joking around with people who have serious problems, he shows a kinder side.


Humorous references to guns and high-profile shootings. Subtle references are made to domestic violence.


Jokes and discussions about condoms and sleeping with people.


Words like "ass" and "piss" are common. Curses like "f--k" are bleeped.


Twitter is prominently featured. Victoria's Secret and other retail outlets are mentioned in jokes.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Drinking (wine, beer, etc.) is occasionally visible as part of comedy skits.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that The Jeselnik Offensive features lots of dark humor that pokes fun at sensitive topics, including murder, illness, and endless other issues. The show contains some strong vocab and sexual references are frequent. Jeselnik tells stories about violent events, including highly publicized shootings and domestic assaults. Twitter is a prominent part of the show.

What's the story?

THE JESELNIK OFFENSIVE, hosted by comedian Anthony Jeselnick, is a series dedicated to poking fun at things normally deemed too sacred to joke about. From laughing about highly publicized crimes to making jokes about breast cancer, Jeselnick offers his thoughts about weekly topics from his trademark dark and twisted point of view. Each week a panel of comedians, like Amy Schumer, and Parks and Recreation star Aziz Ansari, join the fray. Throughout the episode, a variety of tweets are reviewed and discussed.

Is it any good?


From the Jon Benet Ramsey murder to performing an illness-themed stand up routine to a group of cancer survivors, nothing is sacred as Jeselnik uses his unique brand of black comedy to find humor in situations that most folks wouldn't dare laugh at. Strange and/or inappropriate tweets and other aspects of popular culture are also a source of jokes, too.

No doubt that some viewers will find the conversations featured here highly disrespectful. Some folks won't appreciate the show's reliance on racial/ethnic stereotyping as a way of generating a chuckle, either. But for others, Jeselnik's unapologetic approach to sensitive issues will make the show worth watching.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about comedy. What makes something funny? What is black humor? When does a joke go too far? Is it ever appropriate to use stereotypes as a source of comedy.

  • If you were to write some jokes about current events, what kinds of things would you talk about? What would make them funny?

TV details

Cast:Anthony Jeselnik
Network:Comedy Central
Genre:Reality TV
TV rating:TV-14
Available on:Streaming

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Educator and Parent Written bySpiicy_Sausage April 23, 2013

YOLO mac and kinne

Honest, good stuff, like mac and kinne!
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much consumerism
Teen, 13 years old Written byRob10 March 4, 2013


This show is messed up. Every joke is offensive. Its also funny so I encourage people to give it a shot if you like racist d bags.
What other families should know
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much swearing


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