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Durham County Library Holds Program on The Joy of Censorship

Program: The Joy of Censorship with Joe Raiola
Date: Sunday, May 4
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Motorco Music Hall, 723 Rigsbee Ave.
Cost: Free and open to the public

About: Durham County Library will host The Joy of Censorship, a presentation by MAD Magazine’s senior editor Joe Raiola, at 7 p.m. on Sunday, May 4, at Motorco Music Hall, 723 Rigsbee Ave.

The Joy of Censorship is a thought-provoking and critical satire on the First Amendment. It includes broad discussions on banned books, movie ratings, the Federal Communications Commission, Supreme Court decisions, religious freedom and the true meaning of obscenity. It also traces the unlikely and colorful history of MAD Magazine, including a slide presentation spotlighting many of MAD’s most controversial covers and articles. A Q&A session will follow the presentation.

Raiola started writing comedy professionally in 1984 at National Lampoon Magazine, and then became a member of “the Usual Gang of Idiots” at MAD in 1985. He remains one of the creative innovators behind the magazine’s unprecedented longevity, success and stupidity. He is currently MAD’s Senior Editor, a title which he insists “means nothing since I work at the only place in America where if you mature, you get fired.” Raiola also has had success as a comedic performer, starting in 1979 at Theatre Within in New York City, and continuing on with his comedic shows The Joy of Censorship and Almost Obscene.

This program is co-sponsored by Regulator Bookshop, Motorco Music Hall and Durham Library Foundation, and is intended for adult audiences. For more information, contact Joanne Abel at 919-560-0268 or visit

Durham County Library encourages Discovery, connects the Community and leads in Literacy. As a department of Durham County Government, the library furthers Goal 1 of the county’s Strategic Plan by enhancing cultural, educational and creative opportunities. For more information about the library, visit

Contact: Gina Rozier
919-560-0151 or

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