The clean comedy of David Dean
While most clean comedians rise by working bars and “adult” comedy clubs, David Dean has made his comedy mark at church. You can take the kids to his shows, but his material is not kids’ stuff. Since the words “For Mature Audiences” have come to mean something very immature, perhaps it’s best to say that Dean performs for grownups. Those grownups can bring their children to one of David Dean’s comedy shows and rest assured they will get a healthy dose of comic laughter without feeling like grownups are hiding dark secrets. Grownups find plenty of insight, wit and intelligence to amuse them without getting squeamish. Life is funny. Church is funny. The differences between us are funny. This is the world of David Dean comedy: a place where the serious business of going to church can be seasoned with a healthy dose of laughing at ourselves.
David Dean seems to understand how we move, think and laugh. He never makes fun of anyone. His humor is a wink. He is ribbing us; kidding around. He combines clever sight gags with sudden insights that make his audiences think while laughing. You don’t have to leave good taste at the door when you go to a David Dean clean comedy show.
No matter how comedy changes, David Dean knows one thing for sure: the differences between men and women will remain excellent sources for clean comedy material. His caricatures of men and women laughing are at once recognizable and surprising for their spot-on accuracy. The laughter of his audience is the amusement of seeing themselves in David Dean’s comedy observations.
Everybody gets a cold once in a while. When David Dean gets one, his comedic insights switch into high gear. Laugh along as David finds himself in an impossible situation because his cold remedy backfires on him. Who can remember whether you’re supposed to feed a fever or starve a cold? Just take David Dean’s advice: laugh at it.
Who’s funnier, teenage children or parents who try to keep them in line? For David Dean comedy and the family is fair game. So many parents get wrapped up in their kids’ drama, they forget to laugh at the spectacle of watching little personalities develop. Dean doesn’t forget. He reminds us that we’re all hilarious, parents and kids alike.
Toddlers can teach us how to laugh again, according to David Dean. In his world, there’s no reason to expect adulthood to be years of declining amusement. His energy, enthusiasm and active imagination are testimony to the idea that laughter is ageless. It’s okay to fall down on the floor engulfed in laughter, even if you’re not a kid anymore.
If you’ve given up on modern comics because they offend too often, you’re not alone. You’re also not out of luck. Just ask anyone who attends a David Dean show. There is hope for those who like their laughter clean, honest and uplifting. David Dean’s comedy career is being built on the need for adults and kids to laugh without fear, without mocking and without hesitation.