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Published: Thursday, Aug. 25 2011 5:00 a.m. MDT

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Spikey
Layton, UT

I've said for years that a comedian/comedienne that can't make people laugh without being crass isn't really all that talented. It's easy to make people laugh with a crude joke. It's NOT easy to make people laugh with a clean joke. Jerry Seinfeld has the clean joke market, he has tapped into it and is a winner. He TRULY has talent.

Gary Mule Deer is another---we saw him perform on a cruise ship and I was so impressed with his humor! I told him afterward that I was glad he kept it clean and that to me it is a true sign of talent!

Rikitikitavi
Cardston, Alberta

Let's get these clean comedians on a DVD so we can laugh at really clean funny stuff. There is so much trash in the media who dares even watch stand up comedy these days. For now I just stick with BYU sports. Go Cougars!

will7370
LOGAN, UT

I think LDS comedians will be able to survive for a time, but eventually Babylon and Zion will separate so much that they will eventually have to make a final decision. I believe scripture says the day will come when there will be a complete separation of the wicked from the righteous.

J-TX
Allen, TX

I love comedy, ever since the days my Dad would bring home reel-to-reel tapes of Bob Hope and Bill Cosby from USO shows on aircraft carriers. But this art form has denigrated itself into the basest of all. Jones is to be commended for sticking to her principles. You don't have to be filthy to be funny. How many times have my kids cracked me up without a single ___ or ___?

I have stopped watching Last Comic standing, because after the first couple of rounds, you can't understand a word of it, through all the beep-beep-beep-beep.

You notice that almost all special guests on talk shows are music acts? I think it's time comedy made a comeback and took back that stage.

terra nova
Park City, UT

Another guy with a clean comedy act Jason Hewlett. We booked him for a corporate event and had a great evening. Someone ought to start a web-site featuring clean comics.

LValfre
CHICAGO, IL

Clean comedy can be funny but it's not as funny as crude comedy can be. Dave Chapelle, George Carlin, Kat Williamz ... these guys are truly funny. Jeff Foxworthy ... he's alright.

donn
layton, UT

will7370 ,I think LDS comedians will be able to survive for a time.

But, If you want clean, Christian comedy, Clean Comedians has all the best Christian comedians for your entertaining needs. From comedians to magicians to jugglers and other variety acts, Clean Comedians provides the best in Christian entertainment.
In a church setting it is important to have clean, appropriate entertainment for your attendees. Christian entertaining requires not only non-offensive acts, but also stimulating and relevant shows. Our Christian entertainers know how to relate to Christian audiences and how to deliver an experience that keeps the group focused and relaxed.

RSD
Pepperell, MA

Bill Cosby managed a lifetime of genuine funny humor, that's still funny every time you listen to it, without resorting to seventh grade boys' locker room humor and words you wouldn't want your mother to hear you say. I'd put him up against any of the ones listed by "LValfre." The Smothers Brothers managed it too. There's a lot more to humor than being able to talk about body parts and spewing off four letter words in front of an audience; a fact that is lost on a lot of comedians today, and why they won't be remembered and revered for making us laugh.

DodgerDoug
Salem, UT

Kudos to Jenna Kim Jones!

speed66
Heber City, UT

@terra nova - Thanks for the tip.
@will7370 - ...now that's funny.

This article speaks volumes about the character of the The Daily Show.

I agree with the idea that funny doesn't have to be crude. George Burns was very funny and I can't remember him ever uttering a word of profanity. Bob Hope, Bill Cosby, Henny Youngman, Steve Martin, Jerry Seinfeld, John Pinnette, Steven Wright. This is not a religious issue as much as a style issue. I don't use profanity in my public life but don't have an issue with anyone else using it. At the same time, I celebrate the fact that the only place where 100% pure free-speech is protected is a comedy club or the stage where a comic performs.

I admire those who paid the price: Lenny Bruce, George Carlin, Richard Pryor, Steve Hicks, Henny Youngman, Eddie Murphy, Robin Williams...all contributed to their craft.

Lenny Bruce and George Carlin were both arrested for words they said...can you believe that? Consider their transgressions compared to today's talking heads - Beck, Rush, Hannity, Olberman - all whom would have been considered treasonous somewhere else. I love our country - where freedom is more important than taste.

LValfre
CHICAGO, IL

@speed66,

"I admire those who paid the price: Lenny Bruce, George Carlin, Richard Pryor, Steve Hicks, Henny Youngman, Eddie Murphy, Robin Williams...all contributed to their craft."

I agree with you! These are real comedy legends. Many comedians now follow principles set forth by these pioneers, and I'm not talking about what kind of language is used but how things are presented in comedic ways.

Red
Salt Lake City, UT

Good Story. Keep it up!

Mormoncowboy
Provo, Ut

I'm torn because I love a good stand-up routine, but even I generally end up turning off about half way through because of the overt vulgarity. At the same time, the so-called "clean comedy" is about as lame as anything I've heard. Not because it's "clean", but because most of the people in this category just aren't all that funny. I would prefer to hear a comedian who is funny, who also happens to not use vulgar language constantly. However, the minute they start advertising as "clean comedy", the funny factor diminishes drastically. So, for me it's a catch-22.

just-a-fan
Bountiful, UT

Great job...This is a great article and I appreciate the insight.

morpunkt
Glendora, CA

Of course you can be clean and funny. Just look at Sinbad. He has been hysterically funny, over the years. Although, the latest footage I saw of him wasn't so clean, and he didn't need to put it in his routine. Just be what you are and it will succeed the test of time.

Kami
Bountiful, Utah

I love clean comedy. It takes a simple mind to need to hear vulgarity to laugh.

aghast
SYRACUSE, UT

Is it easier to remember a clean joke, or a dirty one?

defibman
Syracuse, UT

Back in the day, we had Redd Foxx come over to Germany to perform and ticket prices were high but sold out fast. A friend of mine went to it knowing what to expect. It was not even half way over when over half the audience had left due to his crude language. I found it strange that even though people expected it, it was too much and way over the top. Too many people think that if there isn't any cussing, then it isn't funny and will laugh just because there is some foul language.

Kind of akin to thinking that you cannot have fun without alcohol.

LValfre
CHICAGO, IL

@Kami,

"It takes a simple mind to need to hear vulgarity to laugh."

That's not true. Quite the generalization there.

Two Cents
Springville, Utah

I really hope this gal and the other clean comedians succeed. I appreciate good, clean humor and really enjoy Brian Regan's comedy. I've seen him perform live and own a few of his DVDs and CDs. He succeeds by drawing his audience in and talking about life and laughing at himself.

I think Dennis Miller is quite funny and clever on TV. But I made the mistake of buying some of his DVDs for my spouse as a gift. Had to quit watching after 2 minutes because of filthy language. Too bad they can't rate comedians/routines PG, PG-13, R, etc. Would've saved me $.

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