Jim Gaffigan, Brian Regan, other comedians find that 'clean' works for them

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  • Kosta Fesenko Chicken McNuggetville, UT
    Aug. 12, 2014 11:22 a.m.

    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.

  • CWJ Layton, UT
    Aug. 12, 2014 10:33 a.m.

    "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.

  • slcdenizen Murray, UT
    Aug. 11, 2014 2:38 p.m.

    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?

  • Mister J Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 11, 2014 2:29 p.m.

    to Cleeetorn

    Humor IS subjective. Alot like my opinion on who I find funny.

  • SlopJ30 St Louis, MO
    Aug. 11, 2014 9:17 a.m.

    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.

  • lars Pittsburgh, PA
    Aug. 9, 2014 8:54 a.m.

    A couple of other good clean acts: Tim Hawkins and Frank Caliendo.

  • BYUalum South Jordan, UT
    Aug. 8, 2014 8:34 p.m.

    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!

  • jarka-rus Layton, Utah
    Aug. 8, 2014 2:36 p.m.

    Kevin James is absolutely hilarious, Brian Regan is a master

  • jarka-rus Layton, Utah
    Aug. 8, 2014 2:31 p.m.

    I'm an 8 again!!!

  • Uncle Rico Provo, UT
    Aug. 8, 2014 2:25 p.m.

    Re: Razzle2

    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.

    You must have been listening to some old Gaffigan.
    Anything recent (Beyond the Pale) and later do not have f words at all.

  • Red San Antonia, TX
    Aug. 8, 2014 1:41 p.m.

    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.

  • jeanie orem, UT
    Aug. 8, 2014 1:01 p.m.

    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.

  • NT SomewhereIn, UT
    Aug. 8, 2014 11:22 a.m.

    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 business.

  • Doklove Quincy, IL
    Aug. 8, 2014 11:14 a.m.

    @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.

  • SlopJ30 St Louis, MO
    Aug. 8, 2014 9:54 a.m.

    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.

  • HaHaHaHa Othello, WA
    Aug. 8, 2014 9:51 a.m.

    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.

  • Razzle2 Bluffdale, UT
    Aug. 8, 2014 9:50 a.m.

    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.

  • eastcoastcoug Danbury, CT
    Aug. 8, 2014 9:44 a.m.


    Well said...

    There's a fine line between edgy and angry. If I want angry and edgy language, I just drive around NYC. Not funny...

  • Cleetorn Fuaamotu, Tonga
    Aug. 8, 2014 9:16 a.m.

    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."

  • Mister J Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 8, 2014 8:46 a.m.

    to eastcoastcoug

    Ellen Degeneres is NOT funny.

    Personally, I like someone edgy... Lewis Black, Carlos Mencia, etc...

  • Pavalova Surfers Paradise, AU
    Aug. 8, 2014 7:56 a.m.

    Hot pockets...

  • eastcoastcoug Danbury, CT
    Aug. 8, 2014 6:29 a.m.

    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.