Could it be folks just want a good clean laugh again? From time to time, I consider doing stand-up comedy. Because I’m a glutton for self-inflicted torture, and Stand-up comedy is way cheaper than one of those “Home Root Canal Kits.” I’ll never make that mistake again…
But not long ago, I watched the legendary Bill Cosby on Comedy Central. Yes Comedy Central – the network that brings you classic punch lines like: “!#@*!” …and “!*%?#!” …and the ever popular “! %&@!?” So – did Bill Cosby pull out all his naughty jokes, too? Nah… he doesn’t have any…doesn’t need any… never has. For an hour and a half – he just did Bill Cosby – the same guy you’ve always known him to be. The jokes were new – but the delivery – and the civility – were still there. And most important – so were the laughs.
I remember back in the ‘80’s there was a comedy club in Charlotte – owned by a guy named Lionel, who was a good friend of Mr. Cosby, and had a similar style of comedy. And he also had a policy: When comics were being paid to perform there, they had to keep it clean – for every naughty word they used getting the laugh – a dollar came out of their paycheck. Back then it wasn’t uncommon to get $50 for your set. So it didn’t take long for a potty-mouth to essentially end up performing for free – and it took even less time to get the message to clean up their acts.
During the Christmas season, I was privileged to do Seymour Swine – my stuttering-pig “Blue Christmas” bit – on a comedy show featuring three stand-up guys (pun intended): Paul Aldrich, Jonnie W. and Daren Streblow. They were all hilarious. And there were children in the front row!
But no worries – these were clean comedians. Three funny guys bringing down the house – which happened to be a house of worship. Yep. Comedy in church …on purpose, even. …three comics (and a pig) walk into a church to do a concert – to benefit kids in our town who don’t have enough to eat. Not one curse word – just funny.
So I shamelessly invite you to hire these guys – and other guys and gals like them, who spread joy and laughter without making you squirm uncomfortably. And check out Daren’s comedy show on iHeart Radio – and you’ll hear some of their stuff… stuff from other comedians, and from time to time, maybe even a few of my bits too.
We all enjoy a good laugh – why not a good clean laugh? How about you? Does dirtier = funnier? Or does keeping it clean mean keeping it enjoyable?
Oh – one more thing. Bill Cosby did his whole routine seated in an easy chair …thus apparently inventing a whole new genre: “Sit-Down Comedy.” And with my decrepit knees, I think maybe I could try that! Anyway – check out these guys- and their clean comedy!