Clean Comedy Is Big Business

Written by PTC | Published July 24, 2016

After nearly forty years of assaulting audiences with ever-more graphic and gratuitous raunch and foul language, stand-up comics are learning an important lesson: clean comedy sells. As reported by the Christian Science Monitor, more and more comedians are turning toward clean, family-friendly routines. Not only does this open their act to many more potential audiences (from corporate conferences to non-profit fundraisers to church socials), even comedians themselves admit that clean comedy is more intelligent, since it doesn’t rely on shock to get startled laughs. As one scholar in the article notes, “People are looking for something that actually gives them a chance to think, and then laugh, rather than going for the lowest common denominator every time.”

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