Friday, October 13, 2006

Young People Don’t Know How To Spot Good Comedy

RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Kids these days just don’t know how to spot good comedy.

That’s according to veteran actress and comedian Kaye Ballard who hopes to give kids a history lesson in the golden age of Hollywood through her new book How I Lost 10 Pounds In 53 Years (Backstage Books).

Ballard, who has performed onstage with legends like Lucille Ball and Carol Burnett, says comedians today use the “F-word” as a crutch and try to be “mod by talking about their genitalia and what they’re taking to space out.”

Instead, Ballard says kids should be researching old time comedians like Jack Benny because, as she points out, “you laughed at what he was thinking not at what he was saying.”

She, herself, says she learned a lot about laughs from working with Lenny Bruce and although he’s known for his foul-mouthed jokes, she points out, “he was never gross and only used bad language if the timing was right.”

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