In an effort to avoid the discomfort of having to escort naughty comedians off stage, the University of London created a “behavioral agreement” for comedians who perform for charity at an upcoming January 2019 event to raise money for UNICEF.
According to the image posted by Kisin, the agreement is specifically designed for comedy performers. “This comedy night…aims to provide a safe space for everyone to share and listen,” the agreement reads. “By signing this contract, you are agreeing to our no tolerance policy with regards to racism, sexism, classism, ageism, ableism, homophobia, biphobia, transphobia, xenophobia, Islamophobia or anti-religion or anti-theism.”
The agreement added that all topics raised must be discussed in a respectful and non-abusive way, that is respectful and kind.
Presumably the agreement grew out of the recent Columbia University event, where Nimesh Patel was asked to wrap his set early and event organizers cut his mic off when he didn’t leave quickly enough for them based on their interpretation of his material as inappropriate for the event.
I just received an invitation to perform *comedy* at a university…
— Konstantin Kisin (@KonstantinKisin) December 10, 2018