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Dumbed-down Comedy is now Popular?

  1. Nov 3, 2007 #1
    I've been noticing a trend recently with comedy on TV (specifically stand up). I notice comedians every five seconds use the expletive and that somehow draws laughs. Call me jaded, but I'd like to see a comedian command the language a little better and show a little variety in his act. It seems like every comedian is the same. Does anyone know how this trend even snowballed?
     
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  3. Nov 3, 2007 #2
    Well, I think the trend in comedy is that the subject has to racey. Therefore there will be alot of cursing when dealing with those subject matters. I personally have no problem with it and I think Chris Rock is one of the funniest men alive even though alot of people are turned off by his constant use of the F-bomb and other expletives.
     
  4. Nov 3, 2007 #3

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    I prefer highbrow, intelligent humor like the Three Stooges...
     
  5. Nov 3, 2007 #4
    Ah Yes, They are known for their highly perceptive ancedotal riffs on american culture and I especially like it when they hit each other.
     
  6. Nov 3, 2007 #5

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    I was hoping this thread would be about Dane Cook, who certainly is dumbed-down, but I guess doesn't qualify as "comedy".
     
  7. Nov 3, 2007 #6

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    Nyuk nyuk!
     
  8. Nov 4, 2007 #7
    Um, Richard Pryor (70's), Eddie Murphy (80's), howie mandel (90's)....
     
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  9. Nov 4, 2007 #8

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    Dang it, you took my answer!

    "Blue" comedy is nothing new, the only thing new is having more TV channels that will broadcast it. It's really meant for an adult audience in a comedy club setting.
     
  10. Nov 4, 2007 #9

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    I don't mind the language unless there is no real humor behind it. What I can't stand are comedians who really are not funny but try to be as shocking as possible. They think the shock value IS the humor, which doesn't work at all for me. SNL has gone through these cycles over the years. They have always gone for the bleeding edge, but if there's no real talent behind it, it's just crude and irreverant. If they have a good crew and good writers, they do just about anything and it still works.
     
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  11. Nov 4, 2007 #10

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    You forgot Lenny Bruce (60's). But I think the point of the OP is that it is now

    Every Damn Body (00's)
     
  12. Nov 4, 2007 #11
    Comedy has always been like that since the days of the jester.
     
  13. Nov 4, 2007 #12

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    There are still a few comedians out there who don't swear often as part of their act. The problem is that now the roles are reversed and to see these people you have to go to the underground comedy clubs.
     
  14. Nov 4, 2007 #13
    I like Dane Cook, he is great IMO- the guy makes me laugh. If you want to call me stupid for finding him funny, whatever floats your boat. I have recently watched a pretty cool comedian named Russel Peters- He does swear but not much and his subjects stem basically from races and the differences/similarities they share. He is not raciest and finds culture rich, travels the world and knows much about the different people in the world-
    On a cruder note Joe Rogan has some pretty saucy stuff- funny as heck though.
    Peters link:
    Rogan link(Crude)
     
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  15. Nov 4, 2007 #14
    I hate Dane Cook, but I've been told that I do a good impression of him.
     
  16. Nov 4, 2007 #15

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    Dane Cook was good for about a week. Then his shtick got really old, really quick.

    There are good comedians out there that don't swear much at all. Look at Jim Gaffigan, Craig Shoemaker, Frank Caliendo and Mitch Fatel to name a few. The swearing is a tool that, if used correctly, is pretty funny. Take Eddie Murphy. His "Delerious" stand up was an instant classic. He swore quite a bit in it. Then he came back and did "Raw" which plain out stunk. The difference, I think, was he swore for the sake of swearing in "Raw."
     
  17. Nov 4, 2007 #16

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    I like George Carlin, but I would prefer that he not swear so much.

    I more of a Will Rogers kind of person.

    Coutesy of the Writer's Almanac - http://writersalmanac.publicradio.org/programs/2007/10/29/#sunday

    http://www.willrogers.org/
     
  18. Nov 4, 2007 #17

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    You used to see a lot more "clean" acts, because if they wanted to be televised, they had to clean up their language to get past the network censors. As soon as cable came along, and they started to be able to do their acts uncensored on channels like HBO, you would see much more of the foul language showing up. A lot of them really could do their acts cleaner and be just as funny, but since they don't have to worry about censors, they don't bother.
     
  19. Nov 4, 2007 #18

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    Coincidentally, I just got Bob Sagat's "That Ain't Right" HBO compilation and watched all I could handle this afternoon (about 10 minutes in 2 minute spurts). Not funny. He actually comes out and acknowledges in the first few minutes that his purpose is to be funny by being the antitheses of the persona that made him famous. The even claims Tourette's Syndrome. Thing is - a string of curse words is not, on on its own, a joke. He's not funny.

    James Carlin, however - very funny.
     
  20. Nov 4, 2007 #19

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    My first exposure to Carlin was his seven words that you can't say on TV.
     
  21. Nov 4, 2007 #20
    Why is Dumbed-down Comedy now Popular?

    maybe it's because the republicans were in control most of the last seven years?
     
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