Will Holcomb

May 20, 2019

6 min read

The Words We Use

I went to a comedy club with a good friend. It was open mic and people were giving their attempt at entertaining the audience members with their wit. What stood out to me was the relationship between the quality of the comedy and the profanity. The lower the quality of comedy, the more profanity. The better the comedy, the lower the profanity. I’m a writer. I love wit. I love witty people. I appreciate clever stories, puns, interesting observations, and everything else that contributes to humor. There was very little to appreciate that night. Only two comedians were actually funny and neither one of them used profanity.