Studio C, a sketch comedy troupe from Brigham Young University, gets millions of views on YouTube – while never using swear words or crass humor. Their comedy, which has been on BYUtv for eight seasons so far, was featured in a recent Wall Street Journal piece.
The troupe’s success shows that “the absolute sharpest comedy is clean comedy,” Michael C. Dunn, managing director of BYU Broadcasting, told the Journal.
On today’s show, Glenn and Stu talked about Studio C and some of the troupe’s most popular sketches, including the unfortunate soccer goalie Scott Sterling and the man who takes on some serious sympathy pains for his pregnant wife.
“My kids watch it religiously,” Glenn said of Studio C’s YouTube channel. “They’re just hysterical.”
Check out the sketches that Glenn mentioned below:
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This is a rush transcript and may contain errors.
GLENN: Great story in the Wall Street Journal. Conan O’Brien and his family were out to dinner in Santa Monica last year, when his daughter began to screech, oh, my gosh. Oh, my gosh.
Conan said, I thought a Cessna had just plowed into the sidewalks and burst into flames. Then my son started to freak out, they’re crossing the street. They’re crossing the street.
The source of the pandemonium was the arrival of what Mr. O’Brien’s children deemed bigger celebrities. Mild-mannered Mormons. The late-night TV host who took a picture with them, recognized them as the stars of Studio C. Have you ever seen Studio C?
STU: Yeah, I’ve seen some of it, yeah.
GLENN: It is really, really, really funny.
STU: Really well-done.
GLENN: Studio C has achieved sizeable popularity on the internet, despite or perhaps because of its super scrubbed brand of clean humor, such as a skit about a soccer goalie named Scott Sterling. Have you seen this?
STU: I don’t think I’ve seen that.
GLENN: Oh, my gosh. Just Google right now, Scott Sterling soccer. I’ll post this up at GlennBeck.com. It is hysterical. Hysterical.
Who continually blocks shots with his face. It’s — it’s — it is a scream. You’ll watch it over and over and over again.
The performers are employees of the Utah BYU school and have to adhere to its honor code.
They have banned innuendo, cursing, politics, even the word “gosh” because it sounds too much like God.
The result is a pop culture phenomenon. It has wracked up more than 1 billion views on YouTube, a third the size of Saturday Night Live.
STU: Wow. This soccer video you’re talking about, 55.7 million views.
GLENN: It’s hysterical.
STU: That’s a nice number.
GLENN: Still, some have found reasons to be offended. One viewer wrote to complain about a joke at the expense of a character with a hernia, saying hernias are painful. Others objected to a bit where people shot at a cat. Another chastised a cast member using the word butt, suggesting that it would be better to use the word “derriere.”
STU: That has a little more class to it. We’ll say that.
GLENN: Oh, sure. Okay.
Even without swearings or references to sex, they can tap into comedy’s subversive roots. Conan, a former writer for Saturday Night Live, who now hosts his own show on TBS, says the cleanliness of Studio C’s humor was almost an afterthought to him. What got his attention was the craftsmanship of the skits, particularly their solid endings, something that he has always found challenging.
STU: I’ve never noticed a sketch comedy show having trouble with endings though. That’s — wow, that’s out there. That one is out there. Never noticed that in all sketch comedy shows ever produced.
GLENN: Wow. No. Never.
If you’ve never watched Studio C — my kids watch it religiously. I mean, they have — my son is probably maybe 47 million views of those 55.
GLENN: They love Studio C. And they’ll just watch it on YouTube. Clip after clip after clip. Because they’re just hysterical. There’s one — there’s also another one. I’ll post these today. There’s another one that’s really funny about a doctor who has found a way to take the birth pain from the mother and transfer it to the father. And she’s having the baby. He’s having the pain. And it’s — it’s really funny.
STU: That sounds like a terrible, terrible idea.
GLENN: No, I hope —
STU: Science, stay away.
GLENN: Please, don’t pursue that.