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Old 02-25-2017, 11:37 AM
 
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I have a relative who is a stand-up comic, and as such I end up attending at least one or two shows a year. These shows generally feature anywhere from 3-5 comics, and I've noticed this gradual trend towards comedians using R-rated humor for 80%-100% of their sets. To me, it's just not that funny.

I don't want to give the impression that I'm easily offended. I don't mind occasional swearing or off-color jokes. But it does bother me when a performer can't seem to do anything else. Is it that "gross" and "insensitive" jokes are the only way to get laughs anymore? I hate being one of the only people not laughing, but honestly I don't get it. I really don't.
You probably are just seeing too many low quality comics. Good ones use offensive jokes much more effectively.

People like Lewis Black or Dane Cook are really funny and their off-color stuff is equally hilarious. Try listening to some of their routines on youtube and compare it to what you are hearing.
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Old 02-26-2017, 12:30 AM
 
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What about the old school comics like Richard Pryor, Redd Foxx or even Joan Collins. Offensive humor is what they did best!
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Old 02-26-2017, 12:37 AM
 
Location: Hamburg, Deutschland
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Different strokes. One man's meat is another's poison...etc.

For instance, I think Jim Gaffigan is terrific, funny and warm.

And I think Amy Shumer is flat-out brilliant, funny, brave, and a terrific role model for young women today.

And so it goes.
From Wiki:

When she was 21, she and her sister Kim were arrested for grand larceny, as part of a shoplifting scheme. During an interview, she stated that it was her connection to Senator Schumer that enabled her to plead down the charge.

Terrific role model indeed
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Old 02-26-2017, 10:58 PM
 
Location: Northridge/Porter Ranch, Calif.
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What about the old school comics like Richard Pryor, Redd Foxx or even Joan Collins. Offensive humor is what they did best!
George Burns and Bob Hope did not have to resort to offensive humor.
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Old 02-28-2017, 10:17 AM
 
Location: Bel Air, California
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George Burns and Bob Hope did not have to resort to offensive humor.

true, but neither were the least bit funny
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Old 02-28-2017, 10:41 AM
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Location: Ontario, Canada
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true, but neither were the least bit funny
I liked George and thought he got funnier as he got older. But totally agree about Bob Hope. He was as funny as a flat tire.
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Old 02-28-2017, 04:03 PM
 
Location: So Cal
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I liked George and thought he got funnier as he got older. But totally agree about Bob Hope. He was as funny as a flat tire.
I liked Bob Hope. lol
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Old 02-28-2017, 05:27 PM
 
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I have a relative who is a stand-up comic, and as such I end up attending at least one or two shows a year. These shows generally feature anywhere from 3-5 comics, and I've noticed this gradual trend towards comedians using R-rated humor for 80%-100% of their sets. To me, it's just not that funny.

I don't want to give the impression that I'm easily offended. I don't mind occasional swearing or off-color jokes. But it does bother me when a performer can't seem to do anything else. Is it that "gross" and "insensitive" jokes are the only way to get laughs anymore? I hate being one of the only people not laughing, but honestly I don't get it. I really don't.
You should see Ricky Gervais slay those celebs in their high horses put into place. LOL. The very first time he did it in Golden Globes I was LOLing through the roof.

What a breath of fresh air.
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Old 03-02-2017, 09:55 PM
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Location: Ontario, Canada
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You should see Ricky Gervais slay those celebs in their high horses put into place. LOL. The very first time he did it in Golden Globes I was LOLing through the roof.

What a breath of fresh air.
Ricky Gervais has one of the most brilliant minds in the entertainment business. And, like forerunners Lenny Bruce, Mort Sahl, George Carlin, Richard Pryor et al and current peers Amy Shumer, Louis CK, Kathy Griffin and other cutting-edge comics, is unafraid to push boundaries.

Comics are among society's bravest people. I admire the hell out of them.
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Old 03-16-2017, 01:16 PM
 
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Brian Regan is clean and funny too.

Don't know how many of his funniest videos are actually allowed to be on Youtube though.
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