This is sure to get batted back and forth in debate, but a Wall Street Journal story says there's a movement toward cleaner material in comedy clubs:

It's no joke. Those in the funny business are saying that, despite all the explicit sitcoms and mean-spirited Internet humor, there's a quiet countermovement toward clean comedy.

Some comedians are deciding they're tired of using profanity as a crutch. Others find clean comedy can be more lucrative. Scores of comics are signing contracts promising to eschew foul language and controversial topics.


Well, hasn't there always been clean comedy, and can you really trust its boosters to tell you whether it's on the march or not? Isn't it possible that the clean part is just becoming more of a selling point? Via Obscure Store.