CLEAN (part 1 of 2)
It’s hard to say whether Steven Rogers is nicer than he is funny or vice-a-versa, but with Stephen Colbert and Brian Regan giving him their official thumbs up, the formula works. Steven will hate this description, but he’s so neighborly, let’s call him stand-up’s young Mr. Rogers. As such he joins us to discuss CLEAN as it relates to stand-up comedy. What the heck does clean even mean? Clean content? Clean presentation? Swears, innuendo, drugs, religion, politics, general meanness–all the fun stuff is off limits with clean comedy. But some of the greatest comedians of all time adhere to this standard. How does clean vary from place to place and time to time? Clean is usually an expression of the moral majority values, but clean on a liberal college campus may mean something very different. Is clean comedy superior? And is there a benefit of having to work clean? How does being clean affect writing and performing? We also cover how clean relates to bookers and working with headliners, and we get some great insights as Steven shares his experiences of opening for Brian Regan and doing The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.
ABOUT THE GUEST COMIC
Steven Rogers is a “real sweetie pants” of a guy, and I have to say this next thing or else it’ll hurt his feelings: he’s very, very funny, too. His disarming charm is only matched by his humility, which translates into a delightful sense of humor about himself. You can feel the good-heartedness wafting off of him like the pungent scent of New York City street in the summertime. Steven made his national TV debut in 2019 on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and has been featured in multiple comedy festivals such as Lucy Fest in Jamestown, NY and the Manhattan Comedy Festival where he was named “Funniest Clean Comedian.” He also has a popular anxiety themed podcast with Andrew Schiavone called, “Panic Attacking.” Steven’s comedic ability has established him as a feature act in comedy clubs and also a regular opener for Brian Regan in theaters across the country.
FEATURED BITS ON THIS EPISODE
– Brian Regan – excerpt from TV Shows (Standing Up, 2007)
Thank you, Steven, for a damn good time. Yes, we accept Brian’s request to be on the show. We’ll see if we can fit him in sometime.
SEE STEVEN LIVE: http://www.stevenrogerscomedy.com/shows
Listen to his podcast “Panic Attacking”:
Apple – https://open.spotify.com/show/6trZdCda1lC6f0U5B6m1dH
Spotify – https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/panic-attacking-podcast/id1464091051
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– TWITTER: https://twitter.com/notsteverogers
– FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/srcomedy/
– WEBSITE: http://www.stevenrogerscomedy.com/
Special thanks Brian Regan AGAIN for making us laugh and also for giving Steven a new dad.
And, as always, big thanks to Salt N’ Peppa for keepin’ the law out of our relationship.