A fight at the Oscars: Irish comedians on the slap heard around the world

The incident has provided a platform for discussion of the risks that attend a comedy career

Will Smith slaps Chris Rock at last weekend’s Academy Awards in Hollywood. Picture: Getty

Comedy might seem straightforward: one person makes jokes and others laugh. Except, as the stand-up Chris Rock has now learned, a laugh always has the potential to turn into a slap – or more specifically, a slap on the biggest night and the biggest stage in Hollywood.

Will Smith has since expressed remorse for hitting the Oscars presenter in anger over a joke about his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith. “I was out of line and ...