• Clean Comedy Is Big Business

    by  • July 24, 2016 • Broadcast Decency, Family Friendly • 4 Comments

    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.

    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.”



    Christopher Gildemeister is the PTC’s Head of Research Operations. He began as an Entertainment Analyst at the PTC in 2005. From 2007-2016, he was Senior Writer/Editor, responsible for communicating the PTC’s message to the public through newsletters, columns, and the PTC Watchdog blog. Dr. Gildemeister holds a Ph.D. from The Catholic University of America.

    4 Responses to Clean Comedy Is Big Business

    1. MisterSig
      September 20, 2016 at 1:32 pm

      Now you’re talkin’! To be honest, people who provide clean comedy deserve a lot of praise and recognition. If only comedians (and audiences) today would understand that the world is better off without the same old nasty content.

    2. NeversideFaerie
      September 11, 2016 at 12:39 pm

      Tim Vine is my family’s favourite comedian – he’s very clever and makes lots of puns, some that make you laugh and others that make you groan, but best of all he’s very clean and suitable for anyone to watch.

      • Jadon
        January 17, 2017 at 5:23 am

        Others are Brian Regan, Jim Gaffigan, Gabriel Iglesias, Sinbad and of course the best and one of the most popular clean comedian Bill Cosby (faux scandals and accusations be darned).

    3. moax429
      August 7, 2016 at 9:40 am

      It’s about time!

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