Good point, and thank you for it.Originally Posted by AIer_admirer
The BEST sitcom ever made, "All In The Family", would never have happened if people were looking for "nice". Archie, at least in the earliest shows, was mean, ignorant, stupid, racist, and misogynistic.
Another example, many people think that the movie version of M*A*S*H is funnier than the watered down TV show. But it's rife with sexism, nudity, racism (a major character is named "Spearchucker") and dark comedy.
SNL, at its best (and well... earliest), pushed boundaries and wasn't at all safe or nice.
I don't think I need to argue much for "harder" comedy. Those who already prefer it will already agree, and those who DON'T likely won't ever agree. Mostly, I'm just building an argument why maybe, if America HASN'T changed as much as I fear, a comedian like Alonzo might stand a chance, instead of picking "cookie boy".