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Friday, March 18, 2016

The Definition of Humor Has Changed During My Lifetime

Good Day World!

That's me in the photo, looking ridiculous.

I've always been a clown at heart and love good jokes and comedians.

But I've watched, with growing alarm, as humor has been hammered into a hole by politically correct groups in this country during the last four decades.

Whatever.

Growing up in the 1950s, I watched some of the greatest comedic acts of all time; Laura and Hardy, Abbott and Costello, and Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis.

Comedians like W.C. Fields and Rodney Dangerfield, left me weak with laughter countless times. Both men would probably be booed off the stage if they did their act today.

That's sad.

Speaking of sad, it's been painful watching Bill Cosby's illicit past catch up to him. I have to admit, I loved his early records. Wonderfullness and Why Is Their Air? are comedy classics.

When I look at what passes for humor in today's comedy acts, I can't help feeling disappointed. They're usually foul-mouthed. Fuck this, and fuck that. 

If you haven't been to a stand-up performance by a comedian lately, you should check it out.

It's okay to be crude and lude, but within the puzzling limits set by the faceless PC police.

The good news - and there is always a brighter side to things - all those comedians of yesterday that I love, are still available today through videos.

Time for me to walk on down the road...

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