The Day Shall Come is in cinemas on 11 October, and some of the jokes in Chris Morrisâ€™ Four Lions follow-up (as you might expect from a film by the man behind Brasseye) push the limits in terms of whatâ€™s acceptable to guffaw at.Â Woke culture â€œmay be killing comedyâ€, but it doesnâ€™t seem to be stopping Morris.
Race, terrorism, death, pedophiliaâ€¦ nothingâ€™s off-limits in the British directorâ€™s satire about a bunch of freedom fighters who are turned into terrorists by the FBI.
But do the filmâ€™s stars think that certain topics should be off the table when itâ€™s time to make people chuckle?
â€œI think it depends on whoâ€™s doing the joking, to be honest,â€ Kayvan Novak tells Yahoo Movies UK.
â€œAnd whether that person sees something that I also feel is potentially funny, and the context in which youâ€™re presenting it to the audience.â€
â€œItâ€™s not just going â€˜You canâ€™t joke about that, you canâ€™t joke about that.â€™ You can, but you have to exercise skill and intelligence to execute it – and you still might not get people laughing at it. Itâ€™s the intention behind it, and I always feel like with Chris [Morris] the intention is good and right and I want to help him achieve his vision. Thatâ€™s a nice feeling for me.â€
â€œAIDS.â€ Thatâ€™s The Day Shall Comeâ€™s lead Marchant Davisâ€™ blunt response to the question of off-limit comedy topics.
Does Davis think that comedians have a responsibility in terms of what they put out there, or is satire an important element of culture?
â€œComedians have a responsibility to take aim at any and everything, because theyâ€™re the one group of people that can. Some, not most people, will listen,â€ Davis says.
Kayvan Novak also thinks satire is important, even if it is challenging in the modern era.
â€œSatire is so fast-moving now it seems. The lines are getting blurred in terms of whatâ€™s a comedy character and whatâ€™s a real character. Do I need to take the p**s out of this person, or are they taking the p**s out of themselves. Weâ€™re in a political golden-age of â€˜what the f*** is going on?â€™ or it seems that way.â€
â€œIâ€™m not a satirist,â€ Novak continues.
â€œAnd I guess if I had a nightly chat show Iâ€™d almost feel overwhelmed, because every day a new thingâ€™s happening, a new Twitter storm, someone said this, someone feels that, itâ€™s a constant battle. It seems like a big blur to me. Itâ€™s like the cartoon, where theyâ€™re having a big bust-up and all you can see is a big dust-cloud and some stars. Itâ€™s an interesting time.â€
The Day Shall Come is in UK cinemas on 11 October. Watch a trailer below.