Stand-up comics say they have to be careful these days

Comedian Don DiPetta performs on Best of the Fest/Tribute to Ralphie May during Nashville Comedy Festival on April 20, 2018 at Zanies Comedy Night Club in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for Outback Concerts)

In today’s politically correct world, stand-up comics say they have to toe the line when it comes to their act. In fact, some are so concerned they don’t even want you taping their sets at clubs these days.

But, maybe it's just the younger standup comics that are concerned with the social justice warriors and 'Me Too' movement. Houston stand-up comic Al Freeman told KTRH the young guys can do what they want and he'll do what he wants to do.

“I’m going to do what I do. You have to understand I came up under guys like Bill Hicks and Sam Kinison,” Freeman said.

And he adds that this is something that stand-up comics have been dealing with for decades, even before he came on to the Houston comedy scene.

“That was a PC culture back then. George Carlin and Richard Pryor got in trouble. Lenny Bruce got put in jail,” Freeman explained.

 And we aren't even talking about the controversy created in the 80's by comics like Eddie Murphy and Andrew Dice Clay. In other words, Freeman says this backlash against comics is nothing he hasn't seen before.

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