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Jim Gaffigan on Doing Clean Comedy: “I Sometimes Feel Like It’s an Asterisk Next to My Success”

“‘Clean’ and ‘family-friendly’ are supposedly these positive attributes. But I sometimes feel like it’s an asterisk next to my success … Maybe I’m being sensitive. I just want to be known as funny. I mean, when you hear about a family-friendly restaurant, you know it’s going to be horrible.”

– Jim Gaffigan, who doesn’t use swear words onstage, talking to The Wall Street Journal in a piece on his squeaky-clean act, with quotes from fellow clean comedians like Bill Cosby, Bob Newhart, Jerry Seinfeld, and without any quotes from Brian Regan for some reason.


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