The role of humorists in society is not only to entertain, it is to convey messages that would otherwise be frowned upon. Alain de Botton states this in his book Status Anxiety. He says, “ to convey with impunity messages that might be dangerous or impossible to state directly”. In most countries free speech is allowed but even then there are messages that are frowned upon and will discredit the speaker. This is why comedians play an important role in delivering messages without losing their ethos. Being a comedian is also being a critic; many of the jokes are aimed at everyday life or a group of people. Louis C.K. is a comedian and actor who has his own show “Louie”; he is a pessimist who looks down on himself and society. He often makes jokes about children that if not stated as a joke would be offensive. De Botton would say that Louie is conveying a message about kids in a way that is entertaining and informative without condemning his credibility. Rush Limbaugh on the other hand, has lost a lot of credibility with many liberals due to the way he states opinions directly. On the other hand shows such as Family Guy or the Simpsons will state the same message in a comedic way but keep both the conservative and liberal viewers. Being able to state extreme views yet keep the opposing view attentive is an important function in society. This is not true everywhere, however; countries such as China where everything is censored even the comedians will lose their credibility because of the governments censorship. The censorship is detrimental to the state of the country; the country will not evolve and conform to the new needs of the people because ideas cannot be spread, even through the use of comedy. Although Chinas government tries to fully censor its people and entertainment, the nature of comedy does well to conceal the messages, allowing some of the ideas to spread. This is the "Impunity" that De Botton explains; exempt from punishment or loss. The reason why comedians will never run out of jokes is because the jokes are always targeted at the new ideas, events, and culture of today. Comedy plays an important role in being able to convey messages without losing credibility. Comedians can slip an idea or moral past an audience without them even acknowledging. Comedians are often critics but do not lose the opposing audience. Comedians play an important role in transforming and delivering ideas that otherwise would condemn a person.