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

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Eugene, OR

There are plenty of "clean" comics (Jerry Seinfeld, Bill Cosby, Bob Newhart) who are hysterical and a lot of "dirty" comics (George Carlin, Patton Oswalt, Chris Rock) who are brilliantly funny. The idea that people who "bad" language because they can't express themselves any other way is just a lazy stereotype. That said, there's nothing more irritating than someone who uses vulgar language just for some sad attempt at shock value.

Clean, dirty, I don't care. Just make me laugh.

Draper, UT

Once upon a time..... the only great comedians were the ones who told clean jokes, Bob Hope, Red Skelton, Bill Cosby,Jackie Gleason, Art Carney, George Burns, Milton Berle, and the list goes on and on, all clean and presentable for radio and television. I agree that while crass jokes can be funny, clean humor is the sign of true talent, as anyone can make crass jokes, amateurs do so all the time.

Cedar City, UT

This is in the style of the great comedians as Lucy Ball, and Carol Burnett.

oakley, idaho

What I know is that lately we have had a hard time finding comedy, standup or not, that is watchable because of the profanity and vulgarity. My husband is pretty good at ignoring the profanity and even he can't watch it anymore. It's very annoying when you really want is to sit down with a good comedy show on netflix and relax but there is nothing, even there, clean.

Monsieur le prof
Sandy, UT

I loved Johnny Carson because he could be risqué without being vulgar. Jay Leno started off pretty good, but his humor has since degenerated into crass words and vulgarity. I liked Drew Cary for a while, but saw him on a cable show where his language turned the air blue. I've avoided him every since.

You don't have to lower yourself to the lowest common denominator in order to make people laugh. Those who laugh at off-color jokes are usually laughing out of embarrassment rather than the wit of the comedian.

Richmond, VA

Great article. My wife and I LOVE clean comedy; so unfortunate that it comes in such limited supply. We've already watched both Brian Regan spots carried by Netflix, and we'll likely re-watch them just as we have Seinfeld.

Provo, Ut


Sure, just because SWK said it, right?

I'd say it this way:

"Prophecy is the attempt of a feeble mind to express itself forcefully."

Heber City, UT

I've found that there are three kinds of people who dislike profanity. There are those who only find it distasteful when used at inappropriate times - in mixed company, professional settings, etc.

Then there are those who find all of it distasteful. It makes them uncomfortable and they try to avoid it. I even know one woman who blacks every word out of the books she sees.

Then there are others who like saying how much they dislike it so that they can feel morally superior to others. They tend to be the ones who are the most vocal about it and want to demean others for using it. They are also the ones who use words like frick, fudge, dang, crap, use "ignorant" as a verb and can't pronounce the the word ornery.

Profanity is like any other word - you personally decided how much power to give it. Some of the best coaches I had growing up used profanity. So did some of the most important books and most impactful films.

One man's profanity is another man's art. I consider myself a bit of an art-lover.

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