True humor (despite Brian Regan's words) actually requires mental effort -
to see the same things we all see or experience and to be able to find the
comedy in them. That's why Regan is so hilarious. Humor also acknowledges
our pain or awkwardness (like having the doctor treat you like a little kid).
For those who go for crass and profanity, we have already run out of boundaries.
Good luck finding new ground there...Certain words are associated
with abuse, so for many of us, those words will never be funny.Another comedian that is naturally very funny but in a positive and clean way
is Ellen Degeneres.
to eastcoastcougEllen Degeneres is NOT funny.Personally,
I like someone edgy... Lewis Black, Carlos Mencia, etc...
Mister J, Ellen Degeneres IS funny. The article was not about who is more
"edgy" than another but more family-friendly humor. ANYBODY can swear up
a storm. If that's what you like, more power to you. But it takes a
different kind of talent to stay in control of the mouth instead of letting the
mouth be in control of the "talent."
@CleetornWell said...There's a fine line between
edgy and angry. If I want angry and edgy language, I just drive around NYC. Not
You missed Kevin James.Gaffigan warning. I was driving with my
daughter just yesterday listening to Jim, when he hit us with several curse
words. The subject is clean but the f words are plenty. We stopped the CD and
returned it. I'm staying with the classics; Cosby, Sienfield,
Newhart, Steven Wright and added Kevin James.
We all gravitate towards what we find comfortable or truly entertaining, and I
expect that is much like how our "reward" will be determined in the next
life. I'm nowhere near perfect, so believe what you want, but I'm
pretty sure I know where you wont find God or his influence, in this life or the
next, especially when it comes to entertainment. As I flip through my
Netflix account, or even Youtube, comedians like Gaffigan and the others in this
article rise to the top and are a breath of fresh air. I'm embarrassed and
ashamed of those who get caught up in profane, and raunch. Good luck finding
satisfaction when you go down that path.
Yeah, Ellen's pretty funny. I hadn't heard her stand-up in years until
I popped onto Youtube the other day. She's a pro.I love
Gaffigan and Regan, and even though I do probably give them extra credit for
producing material I could let my kids watch at a young age, I still find them
hysterical even with no kids around.That said, vulgar can be funny
if it's not the whole point. Dirty words aren't inherently funny or
unfunny, just as any word isn't inherently funny or unfunny. George Carlin
is probably my favorite comic of all time, and you'd be hard-pressed to
find a two-minute clip of his that didn't include something taboo. Aziz
Ansari is hilarious today, and I'm sure there are many others. I'm not close to an authority on modern comedy, but I do know that
developing a "brand," as is mentioned in the article, is a must for a
successful comic. If "clean" is part of your brand, great, but if you
can't laugh at something that isn't "wholesome," you
don't have a sense of humor.
@SlopJ30 "If you can't laugh at something that isn't
"wholesome," you don't have a sense of humor". What? Things that are not wholesome are things that are bound to offend
someone, so we could rewrite your sentence as "if you can't laugh at
something offensive, you don't have a sense of humor."I
emphatically and respectfully disagree.
I've seen Brian Regan perform live a couple of times. That was good.@Razzle2 - Steven Wright = genius. Delivery is 80%, content is 10%,
recovery is 10%. Some people just don't get him.@SlopJ30 -
Listened to Carlin once or twice 30 years ago. Funny, yes. Unfortunately, I
personally could not handle the language. Any performer who has to stoop to such
vulgarity gets an auto-OFF from me.Bob Hope at the Stadium of Fire
back in '87 or '88 - that was just terrible!Seinfeld is as
funny and proliferate as there is.Finally, comedy that requires (or
caters to) a crowd that is consuming liquor...well, they don't get my
Ryan Hamilton is fairly new to the comedy scene and he's fantastic. Look
him up on youtube, his hot air balloon routine as well as his sky diving one. He
had our whole family in stitches. He's a graduate from BYU Idaho and lives
in New York City doing comedy for a living.
Clean works for everyone! Get the foul mouthed "comedians" out of
business. Stop supporting them.Everyone wants to laugh as we plunge
the world off the cliff of morality.We are losing our way fast.
Re: Razzle2Gaffigan warning. I was driving with my daughter just
yesterday listening to Jim, when he hit us with several curse words. The subject
is clean but the f words are plenty. We stopped the CD and returned it. You must have been listening to some old Gaffigan.Anything recent
(Beyond the Pale) and later do not have f words at all.
I'm an 8 again!!!
Kevin James is absolutely hilarious, Brian Regan is a master
You missed the funniest guy around.....Jason Hewlett. When I first caught his
act, I laughed out loud for the whole hour. His act is family oriented and
hilarious. He is a Utah native and also toured with David Archeletta a while
back to Afghanistan, doing comedy for the troops over there. If you get a chance
to see/hear him, don't miss it. He's terrific!
A couple of other good clean acts: Tim Hawkins and Frank Caliendo.
Doklove: Even though the meaning of the word is tough to pin down, there are
comics who's material is truly "offensive" and who wouldn't
even deny it. That's not who I'm talking about. My point is that LDS
folk tend to have a weird fascination with extreme superficial wholesomeness
that prevents them from seeing humor in a lot of places. They'd rather be
offended and make a big show of displaying for all to see "Look; see how
wholesome I am and how offended by can be by a certain word?"For
example, any joke that involves sex makes many Mormons blush. Is there nothing
about human sexuality that can legitimately be seen as humorous? Of course there
is, but the silly mentality that "any mention of sex that doesn't
emphasize the LDS ideal of sex between straight people only within the bonds of
marriage is evil" prevents people from being honest about things. If you
can't laugh about a humorous spin on a real observation about sex, your
sense of humor is lacking.
to CleeetornHumor IS subjective. Alot like my opinion on who I find
There's value in being offended and unnerved. One can be dissuaded of
juvenile or regressive beliefs much more effectively. Comedy is just another
medium for expressing ideas, while entertaining in the process. Why place
arbitrary constraints on others' ability to express certain sentiments?
Would it have to do with a willingness to dismiss people who don't belong
to your culture?
"Bacon bits are the fairy dust of the food world. Bipity, bopity, BACON!
Gaffigan reigns supreme.Six years ago I was deployed to the Middle
East and the USO brought Dane Cook and two other hack comedians to our base. I
got talked into sitting upfront center row through all three performances. Mind
you, I'm open minded and George Carlan, Richard Pryor and Robin Williams
(RIP) have made me laugh till my sides hurt, even with the profanity, but Dane
Cook's routine was as foul, denigrating and nauseating as anything
I've ever heard. It was the single most uncomfortable two and a half hours
of my life.
I saw Brian Regan live and laughed my head off. He puts on a great show.Gaffigan might be my favorite. As others have pointed out, his older
stuff has f bombs. Even his newer stuff has an s bomb or two. He also has some
jokes that are a bit crude. For the most part, he is hilarious.You
want a good laugh? Check out Greg Hahn on youtube. He is out of control.
Keeps it clean though, as far as I have seen.