Source: The New Democrat
Talking about Bob Saget, comedy, and dirty jokes, reminds me of the great but unfortunately short-lived comedian Lenny Bruce. Who was actually arrested on stage in the late 1950s and through the 1960s for telling dirty jokes. Joking about sexuality and using what was called back then dirty language. Clear violations of Lenny Bruce’s First Amendment rights, but back in the late 1950s and early 1960s, American culture was a lot different. We were a lot more collectivist as a society and culture and similar to how women weren’t required by law to stay home and raise their kids, while their husbands went out and worked to pay the bills, dirty jokes weren’t considered acceptable to the point that people could literally get arrested and face jail and prison time for using them.
Forget about Bob Saget for a minute who I’m sure in his own right is a swell kind of guy, but this interview is starting to put me to sleep and just because someone is boring doesn’t necessarily mean they’re a bad guy. Of course you can be boring and a bad person, but Saget I believe is just boring at least as an interview. But to tell you what I think about comedy personally, comedy to me whether you’re talking about dirty jokes or clean jokes, comedy to me it about expression. It’s about how the comedian communicates to their audience what they’re thinking and what they’re experiencing. But does it in a humorous way.
You have comedians who talk about their most personal of relationships. Rodney Dangerfield’s wife was his personal target practice and he was always making fun of his wife. You have comedians who joke about travel experiences and what life is like on the road for them and make a living simply by having an excellent memory and joke about the hotel rooms they stayed at and the meals they ate. Plane flights, renting cars on the road. You have comedians who joke about politics, current affairs, American culture. Richard Pryor, George Carlin, Dennis Miller, Bill Maher, and many others. Comedians tend to joke about what they’re personally experiencing and what they’re currently thinking.
I believe the best comedians are the comedians who have great accurate memories. Who don’t necessarily write down everything that they see and experience, but make mental notes and situations, people that they experience and find an intelligent way to talk about that in their acts. Who make fun of people and situations, but not to bash someone or something and try to make that person look like the worst loser since the 1976 0-14 Tampa Buccaneers ( sorry for the NFL joke ) but instead make fun of things that person did or experienced and talk about their own funny experiences with those people.
Jerry Seinfeld who is a great comedian but not buy favorite comedian, is an expert of of the personal comedy. Johnny Carson who is much better than Seinfeld, was even better at this style of humor as well as being a great political satirist. Comedians who takes notes of life and do a great job of analyzing it in a fun, humorous, intelligent way.