Make 'Em Laugh: The Funny Business Of America

Make 'Em Laugh: The Funny Business Of America

When I'm Bad, I'm Better, The Groundbreakers
Season 1  |  Episode 4  |  ABC  |  December 21, 2009

In the ongoing war against hypocrisy, conservatism, political correctness, and prejudice,it was always the comedian who led the first wave of attack. Rather than using risqué jokes and four-letter words simply to get a rise out of an audience, the most audacious comedians – from pioneers like Mae West and Moms Mabley to 60s and 70s bad boys like Lenny Bruce, Richard Pryor and George Carlin – invoked what the First Amendment of the American Constitution calls ‘freedom of speech’ to bring the biggest and most dangerous laughs to the American public.

In the ongoing war against hypocrisy, conservatism, political correctness, and prejudice,it was always the comedian who led the first wave of attack. Rather than using risqué jokes and four-letter words simply to get a rise out of an audience, the most audacious comedians – from pioneers like Mae West and Moms Mabley to 60s and 70s bad boys like Lenny Bruce, Richard Pryor and George Carlin – invoked what the First Amendment of the American Constitution calls ‘freedom of speech’ to bring the biggest and most dangerous laughs to the American public.

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