Clean Comedy in a World of Gross-Out Humor and Subtle Sex Jokes [Click for full post]
I’m appalled at the sheer amount of gross-out humor, sex jokes and dirty words being used in comedy these days. Often they’re subtle, buried deep within seemingly “clean” material, but that doesn’t excuse it. Personally, I have resisted the urge to lower myself to making immature, crass sex jokes or anything in that vein, but it’s hard to pass that test. I cull ideas from experience, like every comic, and often my pen is drawn to that low hanging fruit, so it’s a struggle to keep it clean. I’m no prude and I don’t fear the taboo, be it well-worn territory or not, but whole crap bits based on dirty words take no skill to master. Bait the hook or drag a wide net and you’ll catch a little laugh with filth, but I’d rather make it hard on myself and handle my rod like a skilled angler. I see men (and women) in the crowd who want that, too. “Challenge us, sir! Come size up our intellect and entertain us,” their pained expressions say. As a performer I want to rise to the occasion, even if that means bumping heads with those who wish to stay in an intellectual hole or chasm. Continue

Clean Comedy in a World of Gross-Out Humor and Subtle Sex Jokes [Click for full post]

I’m appalled at the sheer amount of gross-out humor, sex jokes and dirty words being used in comedy these days. Often they’re subtle, buried deep within seemingly “clean” material, but that doesn’t excuse it. Personally, I have resisted the urge to lower myself to making immature, crass sex jokes or anything in that vein, but it’s hard to pass that test. I cull ideas from experience, like every comic, and often my pen is drawn to that low hanging fruit, so it’s a struggle to keep it clean. I’m no prude and I don’t fear the taboo, be it well-worn territory or not, but whole crap bits based on dirty words take no skill to master. Bait the hook or drag a wide net and you’ll catch a little laugh with filth, but I’d rather make it hard on myself and handle my rod like a skilled angler. I see men (and women) in the crowd who want that, too. “Challenge us, sir! Come size up our intellect and entertain us,” their pained expressions say. As a performer I want to rise to the occasion, even if that means bumping heads with those who wish to stay in an intellectual hole or chasm. Continue