yesterday during the Women's World Cup Match, I turned down the sound on the tv and listen to old comedy albums on my turntable of Flip Wilson, Bill Cosby and George Carlin...they were soooooo funny and clean
because their style of comedy was clean and universal it's just as funny today as it was 30 years ago
are there any modern comedians that could stand up to those 3 ? (Sinbad was mentor by Bill Cosby and does a good job..he will be on the Carnival Valor in October on the Capital Jazz SuperCruise)
I can't think of many successful comics who work clean these days. Some of the new folks are funny, but seldom as consistently funny as the breed you mentioned, along with Bob Newhart, Allen Sherman, Shelley Berman (who came close to the edge many times). Also, Carlin only worked clean in his early days. He pretty much crossed over with the "seven words you can't say on TV." And I believe Flip Wilson was only clean on TV; his club act was pretty raw. There's a famous audiotape (I have a copy) of the Friar's Club roast of Don Rickles. You have to put an asbestos blanket on your speakers to play that one, but it is soooooo funny. Emceed by the one and only Jack E. Leonard, if you can imagine Ed Sullivan doing absolutely blue material, along with Carson, Phyllis Diller, Flip Wilson, Pat Paulsen and others, the laughter comes as much from these more or less "clean" acts getting absolutely raw as it does from the material itself.
One of my favorite comics as a kid was Sam Levinson, who appeared on all the big TV shows with a standup act, characterized by his good-natured chuckling at his own material. It worked, because it was evident that he was a nice guy commenting on the human condition. No rancor, no anger, and very low key. When Red Buttons did his one-man show in New York called "Buttons on Broadway," a good friend was Red's musical director, so we were invited backstage after the show to meet Red. I mentioned Levinson and Red smiled broadly. He said he was one of the nicest guys in the business. Levinson was also brilliant. . .when he wasn't doing his act he was a teacher in the New York public schools, and was one of the people responsible for writing the New York Regent's exam. . .back when you actually had to prove you'd learned something before you got to graduate.
The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place. -- George Bernard Shaw
I own approximately 50 comedy LP's by :Mickey Katz (father of Joel Grey) ;George Carlin ,Vaughn Meader ,Bill Cosby ,Woody Allen ,The Smothers Brothers and Steve Martin .
From today's comedians the one guy who stands up and surpasses some of the above is Chris Rock . Chris Rock and the GREAT Larry David graduated the same HS .