(Thank you Mr. Mordal, your royalty check is in the mail.)
Here's the deal. Comedians say AWFUL, HORRIBLE, SICK, TWISTED, OFFENSIVE, POLITICALLY INCORRECT and SOCIALLY UNACCEPTABLE THINGS. The only rule is...is it funny?
Is it funny?
The key to comedy is that it is about building up tension in the set up that is released in the punchline. Vulgar words are easy ways to build up tension...and they can be effective in releasing that tension. Pushing the envelope and pressing peoples buttons is part of the comedic art--not everyone pushes past the edge, and not everyone feels compelled to push people very far past their audience's comfort zone.
I have laughed at things that comics have said that I feel would have been reprehensible had they been said in any other setting... As a comic myself, I've said things on stage that I can't believe I've said...all in going for a laugh.
Comics, on their own, often take this button pushing and envelope pushing to an extreme...assuming that other comics have a tough enough skin to accept it, and are aware that these things are being said to be funny--even if the joke, eventually, isn't fair or decent.
CONJECTURE TIME: I don't know Todd Glass but seeing him on the show makes me think that he used a common epithet for a gay man in the course of making a joke. Ant complained...and in complaining, he used a common epithet for a black man. Corey complained and a brouhaha ensued.
If Todd was making a joke, the other comics probably accepted his use of the term--even if it was in poor taste or was offensive--because he was using it in making a joke. Ant, however, wasn't making a joke...he was explaining a point...so, Corey doesn't shrug it off.
(Oh, don't get me wrong...Corey, to his own admission, isn't the most gay-friendly man in the world and was probably upset that gay and black were being compared with each other...and had there not already been some drama between the two of them, one of them might have backed down a bit quicker than they seemed to on the bus. Whatever was going on...it wasn't comedy and it probably isn't an issue best debated in the guise of a stand-up comedy based reality show.)
Jay Mohr has said that his original vision of the show was to produce television that was like how comics were around each other when they weren't on stage--and they rip into each other and say rude things and do stupid stuff... Todd Glass is what he wanted.
That's not what America wanted--they wanted in-house drama, rooting for the young attractive "picked-on" underdog and "how will the other comics react when they see who's returned from the showdown?" moments.
America is getting the show it wants. Todd Glass, meanwhile, went back on the road, headlined comedy clubs...making people giggle, roll their eyes, hold their hands over their mouths and order more drinks.