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Topic: I Don't Do Blue Material - support appreciated
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Apr 17, 2012 05:38PM)
Until the last year, I really considered myself a loner on announcing that I don't do blue material.

Many of you have personally commented to me about your support for that routine. Thank you for your support and encouragement. We don't have to do blue material and we can bring that to light with humor and entertainment too.

Bob Sanders
Magic By Sander
Message: Posted by: Andrew (Apr 18, 2012 12:34PM)
Bob,

Glad to hear that you've discovered you're not a loner in this area.

Too many times I've seen a talented performer soil a show with reckless, off-color jokes or innuendo.

I advertise as a family-friendly act and demonstrate that entertainment can be full of fun and humor without debasing sexual content or actions.

Good for you! Good for your audience!

Blessings to you.

andrew
Message: Posted by: MagicBus (Apr 18, 2012 02:14PM)
Ditto for me. The only remotely blue material I agree with is... Drives me nuts when

M Go Blue! (Big House Michigan Football Fan)
Message: Posted by: afun14u (Apr 19, 2012 06:17AM)
I'm with you on this one Bob! I don't think there's a need for it anywhere actually.
Message: Posted by: harris (Apr 19, 2012 07:11AM)
I don't either.

Though I do play the blues on my harmonica.

Of course the Bible is far from being a rated G book.

Some like the movie, I prefer to read the book.(From Gen to Rev)

Harris
aka dr. laff
Message: Posted by: Rindfleisch (Apr 19, 2012 10:47AM)
I don't either, my sponge ball routine is drastically different today then when I was 18 yrs old. You live and learn.
Message: Posted by: harris (Apr 19, 2012 11:00AM)
Side question:

What do you do when someone in the crowd/audience does something out of the character of your program?

Even at church programs at times, someone shouts out say an inappropriate suggetion or magic word.

In live theatre/entertainment, anything can happen.

Harris
Message: Posted by: MagicBus (Apr 19, 2012 11:17AM)
Whoops, I messed up my post above. My wife and I were at a "family" magic convention show (lots of kids there)-drove me nuts when an "entertainer" on the venue (who happened to be from Vegas?) basically did his Vegas style act here in the Midwest. Cringe city. A few folks walked out- but so sad that this performer was so out to lunch he appeared incapable from altering his R rated script. I can't remember exactly now what he did, but I think it included the ridiculously stupid "bra" trick (lousy for pretty much any setting other maybe before a bunch of drunks). Tom Mullica quoted Red Skelton on the use of blue material, and I can't remember exactly what it was, but something to the effect if you have to resort to it to get cheap laughs you aren't any good in the first place.
Message: Posted by: Andrew (Apr 19, 2012 12:59PM)
Roger,

I too remember the comment given Tom Mullica from Red Skelton...perfectly correct!

Harris,
I've had that happen (inappropriate comments made during my performance). My response is to ignore the comment and act as if it was never even made. If a child makes a comment that is questionable, I give them my "questionalble look" and move on.

andrew
Message: Posted by: Ray Bertrand (Apr 25, 2012 03:33PM)
When I entered the world of magic many moons ago, my mentor told me that no one needed to resort to 'blue' or off color material in order to get laughs. I've adhered to that concept since then.

God bless.

Ray
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Apr 26, 2012 10:57AM)
Doing blue material is not much of an option but many can't resist it. It is surprising how many pros won't touch it with a ten foot pole. I was fortunate enough to grow up with them. (And now I'm only 67!)

Bob
Message: Posted by: Darkwing (May 5, 2012 11:59AM)
Same here. I have often heard when you play clean you can play anywhere.
Message: Posted by: markofmagic (May 8, 2012 04:11AM)
I have adopted a litte prayer from a friend of mine "Lord, don't let anything come out of my mouth that would not honor you."
Message: Posted by: Kipley (May 17, 2012 07:02AM)
I perform exclusively for children and family events, so I have never performed blue material. I think that would pretty much kill my business. However, I am occasionally asked by potential clients whether the humor in my shows is "appropriate" for all ages, which leads me to believe people have seen enough offensive routines to be concerned about it. I enjoy adult humor at adult shows, but for family events, I would be perplexed if a magician chose to do a bra trick or perform blue material.
Message: Posted by: harris (May 17, 2012 07:12AM)
I posted in another area about attending a local clubs lecture. The persons magic chops were great and top notch. His props and patter went way beyond the "bra trick"(no he didn't use that prop).

I also wrote to the officers and board of that particular local group.

On a lighter note, (G7) I do use blue material, when I play the blues on my harmonica.
.....and my audiences do seem to like my blue shirts....and the RED WHITE and BLUE..patriotic songs that Nigel sings....

Be safe, well and blessed...

Harris
Message: Posted by: harris (May 17, 2012 10:45AM)
Full disclosure...back "in the day", when I did comedy clubs, I thought I had to be "blue".
IMHO I was wrong.

Side notes...Bb(Bflat)Got a request yesterday(for a show already booked for this afternoon) to include patriotic songs with my vent act.

At an assisted living unit, I included both Hebrew and Christian songs. The place is called Village Shalom, but has residents of all faiths...(and probably a few "non-theist")

At a recent music Jam, I requested a Gospel song..we ended up doing Hava Nagilla.

Still on my reading table...Walking in the Dust of Rabbi Jesus

Harris
laughologist and nearly normal reader and "righter"
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (May 17, 2012 11:38AM)
I think we agree on the reality that religion is not the basis of "Blue Material". We are entertainers. Offending and insulting our audiences is unnecessary. Some employers will no longer associate with us as a consequence. I have seen famous international entertainers removed from consideration from being employed (or even invited!) to future events based upon the use of "Blue Material". The "good taste" decision makers are unlikely to include appeal procedures! It is indeed a buyers' market.

Of course, "Blue Material" is unwelcome for religion reasons also. It attacks the dignity of all in the room. Some of us know that we have no business being there.

Class never goes out of style.

Bob Sanders
Magic By Sander
Message: Posted by: harris (May 18, 2012 07:04AM)
I used to take request. That's how I learned fire eating about 30 years ago. These days I choose not to use fire anymore.

love brother Harris
Message: Posted by: Payne (May 18, 2012 09:35AM)
I'm probably not a "Terribly Proper Person" as my personal code of "ethics" (for lack of a better word)allows me to perform for the type of people or in situations that would obviously give him moral pause.

It's really king of easy. If you don't wish to work blue, then don't. If you have no issue with it then do.
The only difficulties lie in knowing when it is appropriate to do so. As I've already said. I as a rule refrain from doing so and keep my act famuily freindly. But if the need arises I can provide my customers with what they want.

Posted: May 18, 2012 5:41pm
At nearly 25 stone I sincerely doubt I would have fitted through the Eye of the Neddle in the first place. Rich or not. Plus the Kingdom of Heaven sounds terribly dull to me. I'm alreadt pretty bored now. I can't imagine anything that would keep my interest up for a whole eternity. It after all is a terribly long, long time. So I am actually looking forward to the oblivion that awaits us all when it comes time for the great dirt nap.
Message: Posted by: MagicBus (May 18, 2012 06:06PM)
Oblivion does not await me- I am very overjoyed to say it! :) I agree with Dr. Erwin Lutzer's paperback book (available at pretty much any book store nationwide) entitled "One Minute After You Die." Lutzer is the pastor of historic Moody Church downtown Chicago- my wife and I sat next to him at a homeless shelter fundraiser many years ago and had a blast. See The Moody Church website for a free link to several years of audio and video services there- Lutzer often discusses the subjects of eternity, heaven and hell, etc.

Posted: May 18, 2012 7:12pm
Psalm 10:4, Hebrews 11:6
Message: Posted by: Payne (May 18, 2012 06:34PM)
Thank you MagicBus. However I have heard all the arguments before and find none of them persuasive. But I thank you for your concern.
Message: Posted by: MagicBus (May 19, 2012 09:22AM)
We are all "wretches." No wonder http://www.wretchedradio.com with former standup comic Todd Friel is my favorite. Christ died for bad people like myself. View the last 11 minutes of the outstanding DVD- "The Biggest Question".
Message: Posted by: harris (May 19, 2012 03:57PM)
Tis not the heat, but the absence of God.

and he knelt down and made some marks on the ground...

......the crowd dispersed........

Boring is in the "eye of the beholder"(thinking to a twilight (not the vampier) zone episode
Serenity is not boredom


Harris
with some more random thoughts....
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (May 23, 2012 06:59AM)
I find it odd that Wikipedia only covers "blue material" in terms of comedy. (Have they watched the "news"?)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blue_comedy#Blue_comedy

P.S. --- Remember when "News" was related to journalism rather than just "Programming"?
Message: Posted by: harris (May 24, 2012 08:18AM)
I may be a bit late to the dance, but recently discovered there was actually a routine based on this thread. I reread the first post and after finding out about it, now have it in my hands. Actually my key board is under my hands, and the props are at home.

I put a review of the effects in the Tricks and Effects section.

Harris
a bit slower on the uptake...but getting there
and still a bit 2 old to know it all.
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Jun 21, 2012 07:49AM)
Wow! I'm getting emails from around the world. Respect isn’t extinct. Decency has a following!

Bob
Message: Posted by: harris (Jun 22, 2012 06:49AM)
It is great to have a strong effect like this to add to my Dr. Laugh programs.

A couple of years ago, one of my mentors suggested bringing back some strong magic into the show. (which as some of you know is puppet heavy.)

I'm not heavy, I'm your puppet, said Nigel the puppet that rocks and talks.


Harris
Message: Posted by: KC Cameron (Jul 1, 2012 04:31PM)
I find it very sad that people step on others so they can call themselves "classy". Blue material is only "blue" to a cultural setting. In our own western culture, the sight of a woman's ankle was once considered very sexual. As for Biblical examples, read the Song of Solomon. It is all about King Solomon lusting for a concubine, describing every intimate inch of her body (in very flowery language). If the one G-d has gifted to be so wise (King Solomon) had no issue, and our own fore-fathers deemed it SCRIPTURE . . . how can we be so hung up on the flesh? In my experience, the ones that make the biggest deal over something have a big problem with it themselves.

G-d created Adam and Eve, thus G-d created sex, he commanded sex (a lot of it too - enough to populate the earth). Why do we find it dirty - why do we MAKE something G-d created dirty? Why can't it be something fun? Why can we laugh at everything else BUT sex? I agree with Bob on this. It isn't for religious reasons.

Now degrading comedy is different then "blue" humor. I do agree, knowing the type of material to use at the occasion is important. Still, this thought that something G-d made, and commanded, is dirty . . . . well that thought is repulsive to me. It shows how far we have come from the garden. Adam & Eve were ashamed at their nakedness AFTER falling from grace - that should tell you something.

Now I certainly don't think anyone should do blue material - or should not. Yes, we have a lot of people who like to feel self-righteous by stepping on others, and so "blue" material may not be a very economical move in many instances. I also think that when you are being paid, you have an obligation to attempt to please those that paid you. If they want "yellow" (not blue) material, then you should try to provide that; if they want "blue" then you should comply too - or not take the job.
Message: Posted by: MagicBus (Jul 2, 2012 01:32PM)
I looked up Philippians 4:8, no disclaimer there that I could see, such as: "This verse need not apply to FCMers getting specifically paid to do blue material." Ouch, that verse kinda says it all, no escape clause in it to justify the use of raunchy material, no matter how funny it might be.

Personal aside (probably not really on point): When "Family Guy" first came out on FOX, it was obviously great entertainment to watch- especially for me in regard to all the obscure hip 1980ties pop culture references. Then I stumbled across the above verse again, and applied it personally (which is proper- this verse is not intended for only "super" Christians like Billy Graham). I stuck a little card onto my tv with this verse on it. I can no longer in good conscience watch any shows (like Two and 1/2 Men) which are blatantly designed to push the limits of soft R rated vulgarity. Even Seth M. acknowledges that is exactly what he is trying to do, push the boundries, including in his latest project "TED."

In my thinking, there is no way that I can see a FCMer could/should be doing "blue" material, ever. There is no appropriate time for it. The crystal clear words of the plain meaning of Scripture as to what we as Christians should be avoiding cannot be canceled out by the what the general public expects from an entertainer.

Of course I would agree KC that if blue material is what the person paying the freight expects, there is no way we should have taken the gig anyway. But in all my years as a part-time performer, I have never once been asked or expected to do "blue material." Even "Uncle Buck" punched the clown in the face who did not show proper respect for children age birthday party audience. Our "buyers" do not provide our moral limits, our allegiance to God and His Word provides the parameters. Solomon himself did not "end well"-see former LA Laker Jay Carty's excellent book on temptation (including sexual temptation) entitled "Counter Attack" (it is now retitled- see http://www.JayCarty.com or at Amazon). Lots of terrific http://www.youtube.com clips of Jay (now age 70), including his neato illustration of what it means to be filled with The Holy Spirit (see #005 where Jay is holding a picture of water and a water glass). Jay lives in Hawaii now.

I certainly am not above reproach in failing to fully guard my heart from the onslaught of lewdness that is ingrained in the entertainment industry, but I do not get a free pass either simply because I want to use jokes/humor as a normal part of my magic routines. A funny program that uses humor all the time yet is very much "Christian": Todd Friel on his daily radio program at http://www.wretchedradio.com
Message: Posted by: MagicBus (Jul 2, 2012 06:42PM)
Okay, Okay, I want to do a disclaimer on my post above. I did order Wolf's Magic "Pea Shooter" as I have some more kids shows coming up and I enjoy doing fresh material even if it's just for my own benefit of having some variety. I can only do Stat-O-Spheres so many times. One of the goofy lines is for the new Wolf prop at the very end when the giant pea ends up in the magician's mouth: "Aarrrgh, I have pea in my mouth!" That line is pretty gross, but I have to admit I may end up using it if before an audience of edgy 11 year old boys who find stuff like that, well, funny, even though... "That's snot funny." When I do Wolf's confusing arrow "Eye Can See", I have used the line too about having a pea stuck in my nose and then having to see Dr. Peabody. Got a laugh with it on the "Live on the Logos Hope" kids show on More Than Magic! #2 (see http://www.ChristianMagician.org) Not exactly high brow humor. I feel better, now that I've confessed this to you all regarding my lines not all being totally edifying... :)
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Jul 13, 2012 08:40AM)
MagicBus,

The good news for those of us who have raised teenagers is that it so refreshing to see something that begins with "whatever" instead of ending with it. (Philippians 4:8)

Bob
Message: Posted by: harris (Jul 19, 2012 11:20AM)
Thanks for the Philippian's reference.

Had more opportunities to use your scarf to egg and 21st Century scarfs.

Getting better and I find more ways to make it mine.

love brother Harris
Message: Posted by: Philip Busk (Aug 29, 2012 04:50PM)
I used a blue silk once.
I have never thought blue material was good for magic. The one time I got even close with a very remote inuindo, very remote, in a competition the judges shot me down so hard I learned my lesson. Christian beliefs aside, it's a cheap way to "try" and get a laugh and can backfire.
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Aug 31, 2012 08:22AM)
Age, maturity, experience, culture, and level of sophistication of the audience apply to blue color as well as any other props and patter we use. Any props and routine are only appropiate for specific audiences.

Most of my audiences are college educated and accomplished adults. This routine works well there. There would be no reason to expect the naive to objectively deal with the routine. Just as I try to avoid mental effects for the ignorant and superstitious, fit matters. I live in Alabama and would be the first to confess that there are elements in our population that lack the sophistication to deal with some topics and effects. I have even learned that sponge bunnies can be done for an audience not ready for it. One size does not fit all. As professional entertainers, it is our responsibility to connect with the audience.

This routine has worked very well for me with my audiences. I'm sure there are audiences where it would not. But with 54 years as a professional entertainer, my tool box is loaded with alternatives. (I Don't Do Blue Material is one I keep nearby!)

Enjoy!

Bob
Message: Posted by: thatmatt (Sep 1, 2012 05:38AM)
I'm so happy I find so many fellow magicians who say "no" to blue material. I have been tempted so many times over the years to introduce into my act a few tricks that were not family-friendly. Acquaintances have asked me to do it, audiences have done so as well several times, but I refused again and again, and remained determined to show everyone that I can entertain them successfully without offending God, without going over my beliefs.
Message: Posted by: Dougini (Sep 1, 2012 08:12AM)
Hi guys! :)

In 1970, I did my first gig in radio. An AM station near Los Angeles. I remember the big rule there. You say NOTHING to offend, nor do "blue" material or innuendo. You could not say the word ".damn" on the radio back then!

In 2008, I was fired from my night time show at a big FM radio station, because I would not "push the envelope". My boss told me, "...an occasional 'slip' of a four letter word is OK." Whaaa? On the radio?? "Let the listener do it." I would record calls and requests off the telephone and play them back between songs. It was a Country station, so yeah, I did get a few redneck calls! Ha! :)

I ignored the "suggestion" the boss gave. Sorry, [b][i]you don't know who is listening![/b][/i] This is no joke, guys, when I am (was) on the radio, I imagine nuns and little kids listening. Might be, you don't know! When they terminated me, they said it was because I was nothing special! I haven't worked since. Just as well. They want "blue" radio at night? I'm outta there... :(

Doug
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Sep 2, 2012 06:18AM)
Class never goes out of style!
Message: Posted by: Dougini (Sep 6, 2012 08:30AM)
LOL! Unfortunately Bob, "Class" does not pay the rent or buy food. I ended up in a homeless shelter for almost a year. I had to face the truth. At 56, up here in Maine, forget work in radio! Yet this morning I hear Viagra jokes and innuendo...

Look how popular Howard Stern is! Would I change my mind and make crude commentary NOW? For Stern's paycheck??? Yes, my friends...IN A HEARTBEAT! Doing "blue" material ain't good for a Christian crowd...the rest of 'em? They seem to LOVE it! Look at Comedy Central! Goin' broke for my "morals" was an EPIC fail!

Doug
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Sep 9, 2012 03:37AM)
LOL! Is Viagra "Blue Material"? We know it is the blue pill.
Message: Posted by: Ianbrennanmagic (Nov 14, 2012 04:44PM)
Doug, I see where you're coming from and I think we should all learn a little from your situation.
Blue comes in different shades. A little joke about something slightly blue is, in my opinion, not too bad. Yes, I would rather always do completely family friendly shows and present myself as a nice guy but it sometimes slips in.
Dark blue is very much out of the situationfor me: I don't swear, I always treat everyone in my audience with respect regardless of creed, race or gender, and never say things which might upset others - I try to play my performances with care.

We all can offend others sometimes without meaning to, we should take the best of care to not upset others but sometimes it happens. If we find we cannot perform without getting into dodgy areas then we should change career paths. This week I have had to reconsider my personal bible study, as driving home I was listening to Ezekiel and chapter 23 came along, I was thrown completely off guard when verse 20 popped up:
There she lusted after her lovers, whose genitals were like those of donkeys and whose emission was like that of horses.
I was quite offended and that was a little too blue for me but hey, sometimes it's just the facts of life and we've gotta learn about it somehow.

Blue, with moderation, and definitly more of every other colour.

Ian
Message: Posted by: Mike Maturen (Nov 14, 2012 09:16PM)
I am SO looking forward to using Bob's "I Don't Do Blue Material" routine in April when IO do a charity show for families. I think it will go over big.

I personally think this is one of the most underOrated and under0utilized routines available.
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Jan 14, 2013 02:44PM)
There are still some left.
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Mar 28, 2013 05:40AM)
Brown eggs are also available.
Message: Posted by: threadman77 (Jul 15, 2013 03:44PM)
Life is filled with laughter and humor with absolutely no need for off color material.
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Jul 17, 2013 05:37AM)
Today people do notice you when you don't do off color material. Recently a lady caught me in the parking lot and thanked me for what was not in my show! It does get noticed. You are an example to people you think don't know you. Life is an investment in yourself and others.
Message: Posted by: Bryan Drake Show (Jul 31, 2013 03:42PM)
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On 2012-09-06 09:30, Dougini wrote:
LOL! Unfortunately Bob, "Class" does not pay the rent or buy food. I ended up in a homeless shelter for almost a year. I had to face the truth. At 56, up here in Maine, forget work in radio! Yet this morning I hear Viagra jokes and innuendo...

Look how popular Howard Stern is! Would I change my mind and make crude commentary NOW? For Stern's paycheck??? Yes, my friends...IN A HEARTBEAT! Doing "blue" material ain't good for a Christian crowd...the rest of 'em? They seem to LOVE it! Look at Comedy Central! Goin' broke for my "morals" was an EPIC fail!

Doug
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Am I reading this response correctly? Selling out your morals and values to make a buck is the right thing to do? Just want to clarify your response here.
Message: Posted by: Payne (Jul 31, 2013 04:22PM)
[quote]
On 2013-07-31 16:42, Dale Bosarge wrote:
[quote]
On 2012-09-06 09:30, Dougini wrote:
LOL! Unfortunately Bob, "Class" does not pay the rent or buy food. I ended up in a homeless shelter for almost a year. I had to face the truth. At 56, up here in Maine, forget work in radio! Yet this morning I hear Viagra jokes and innuendo...

Look how popular Howard Stern is! Would I change my mind and make crude commentary NOW? For Stern's paycheck??? Yes, my friends...IN A HEARTBEAT! Doing "blue" material ain't good for a Christian crowd...the rest of 'em? They seem to LOVE it! Look at Comedy Central! Goin' broke for my "morals" was an EPIC fail!

Doug
[/quote]
Am I reading this response correctly? Selling out your morals and values to make a buck is the right thing to do? Just want to clarify your response here.
[/quote]
I read it more as his beliefs changed. He came to the conclusion that there was a time and place for "blue" material and that in certain venues the audience doesn't just expect material of this nature, they have paid good money to see it.

It all boils down to Know your Audience. I have a gig this weekend that has expressly requested racy and inappropriate material. The person who booked me will be disappointed if they don't get at least one person complaining about being offended by one of the acts. So everyone is in competition to see who can be the most over the top offensive. After this gig I have to go out and do several family friendly shows where no blue material will be present. Different audience, different material.

I don't see this as selling out ones morals as I'm not morally opposed to blue material
Message: Posted by: Bryan Drake Show (Jul 31, 2013 05:33PM)
Oh yeah I can see it that way. I don't do various types of venues as I tend to stick to my market.

I see that Hitchens post in your signature. Cheeky maybe we should do a magical debate. I'll be the magical William Lane Craig, you can be the witty and cantankerous Hitchens the prestidigitator.
Message: Posted by: Payne (Aug 1, 2013 06:25PM)
[quote]
On 2013-07-31 18:33, Dale Bosarge wrote:

Oh yeah I can see it that way. I don't do various types of venues as I tend to stick to my market.
[/quote]
I do a wide variety of markets and enjoy the challenges that different venues and audiences can provide. Roald Dahl and Shel Silverstien both wrote material for children and very adult audiences. So I see no reason to simply limit my artistic endeavours for one type of audience.
Message: Posted by: Bryan Drake Show (Aug 1, 2013 06:56PM)
I guess what I mean is that my market is big enough that I don't really want or have to change it. Not saying this is bad or good, but merely a convenience for me. Check out my new promo video and you'll get a feel for what I mean. It's only 2.5 minutes so not a long commitment ha ha.
Message: Posted by: Payne (Aug 2, 2013 12:00AM)
Nice video. Looks like you put on a great show.

Here's a small sampling of the variety of stuff I do.

Don't worry, no blue material in any of it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jx85OGLjxWY

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HbWzDFPZbYI

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0VCUQ3wOBog

http://vimeo.com/17200188

These are all much longer then 2.5 minutes each. So you'll need a tad bit of commitment to watch them :)
Message: Posted by: Bryan Drake Show (Aug 2, 2013 08:41AM)
I can make the commitment ha ha. You gonna be at Magic Live again? I'm looking forward to checking them out!
Message: Posted by: Payne (Aug 2, 2013 10:54AM)
I can neither confirm or deny that I will be at MAGIC Live. But look me up when you get there.
Message: Posted by: Bryan Drake Show (Aug 2, 2013 12:01PM)
Is it that, or is it in fact like Schrödinger's cat? You will be there and simultaneously you won't be there...? Only way to find out is open the box eh? I will and won't see you then.
Message: Posted by: MagicBus (Aug 2, 2013 12:47PM)
As for us University of Michigan graduates/loyal supporters of the Michigan Football and Basketball programs: M Go Blue! (and that's as blue as I get). FCMers get blue after producing a blue silk, then commenting on how we "all blue it." I am looking forward to seeing tonight in Colon Norm Barnhart's "Normando" routine- that is one very funny act with zilch "blue" material in it- so it can be done. The clean comic Jim Gaffigan also comes to mind, he has a best selling book "Dad is Fat" at the current time.
Message: Posted by: Payne (Aug 2, 2013 02:10PM)
[quote]
On 2013-08-02 13:47, MagicBus wrote:
As for us University of Michigan graduates/loyal supporters of the Michigan Football and Basketball programs: M Go Blue! (and that's as blue as I get). FCMers get blue after producing a blue silk, then commenting on how we "all blue it." I am looking forward to seeing tonight in Colon Norm Barnhart's "Normando" routine- that is one very funny act with zilch "blue" material in it- so it can be done. The clean comic Jim Gaffigan also comes to mind, he has a best selling book "Dad is Fat" at the current time.
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Lucky you. Say hello to Norm for me. Love his stuff. Sounds like it will be a great show. wish I could be there to see it as well. But I'll be in a Renaissance tavern telling the patrons my period version of "The Aristocrats"
Message: Posted by: MagicBus (Aug 2, 2013 03:18PM)
Norm's "Normando" is full of inside gags- stuff really designed for an audience full of magicians. My favorite is Normando tears off a piece of a card, the rest of the card vanishes!; Normando peels open a fresh lemon- inside is a rolled up dollar bill-and a corner section of that dollar is missing! Normando then attempts to show the corner playing card piece matches the missing dollar bill corner (which is ridiculous). What a hoot, just absolutely love it.
Message: Posted by: psychod (Aug 2, 2013 05:23PM)
I'm not opposed to 'blue' material but I've seen performers who use it as a substitute for talent. I think it's possible to be extremely entertaining without resorting to 'blue' material. One of the best comedy shows I ever saw was Rita Rudner and although I'm not sure that kids would have understood all of her jokes, I really don't remember any that relied on anything inappropriate.


Dave
Message: Posted by: Bryan Drake Show (Aug 2, 2013 07:45PM)
Why oh why can I imagine a steam punk Paybe actually doing that? All the while slipping in an Aristocrats reference in a "blue material" thread. On that note though I get a lot of laughs throughout my show and every single word is 100% clean. That's just my style, but I'm able to do it because of my lack of better wording quick wit. I've just never felt a need to do so.
Message: Posted by: greig ewen (Oct 12, 2013 07:29AM)
And then some