Clean vs. Dirty, is sometimes more like...Tall vs. Heavy
Insisting on clever, original and well-written comedy routines will help you land a show that is "easy-on-the-ears" but still stimulating.
Agencies run by non-performers can successfully weed out the clearly clueless comedians. But they have a harder time knowing when to program a moderately priced act and when he is right to send, and when he is not. Audiences can span generations, tastes and education levels. So imagining what will satisfy a diverse audience, takes some focused thought by someone who understands laughter triggers.
As founder and creative director of KB Ent, I eat, sleep and breathe comedy. For instance, my experience tells me that for about 35% of the clients who ask for "clean comedy" (our most frequently sent show flavor) "clean" is not as essential to that client, as "smart" is!
"Clean but uninspired" can be just as torturous as "Lazy and salty". Nobody wants their show to wind up in the 'corn-field' nor do they want to cringe from tastelessness. The show must not offend, but it also must not bore!
There are many uncreative comedy acts who satisfy content restrictions without difficulty (how else can they validate their onstage work?). But creative acts can playfully tease the boundaries without offending anyone.When an audience knows the comedian is creative and tasteful, it makes them feel safe enough to trust the show and to relax into it. This preference for "smart" over 'family-friendly' is not true of all content-restrictive groups. But as event planners take note of today's sophistication level of comedy fans, the percentages are bound to increase.
In general, groups want talented performers who:
- value being pleasant (even when edgy),
- know how to command focus, and...
- can get the audience to trust their guided emotional journey.
In 30+ years, we've witnessed tasteless comedy shows with no dirty words, as well as ones that 'kept it real' but stayed 'pitch perfect'. The factor that led to audience joy was not the clean/dirty issue as much as the smart/lazy issue.
Our performers are funny, of course. But they also also satify our MOST standard: Modern, Original, Seasoned, and Tasteful.
Look at the picture attached to this blog. Tell us if it's offensive or funny. Your 'take' will help us clarify your programming strategy.
A famous comedian said: "If it's dirty, it's not funny. If it's funny, it's not dirty". Yeah...that sounds about right to us. So, reach out. We offer G-rated shows that are more fashionable, PG shows that are adult-centric, and light R-shows with real brains.
Our comedian booking agency can help and make your task so much easier.