What are the roots of stand-up comedy?

In 1972, comedian George Carlin’s “Seven Words You Can Never Say on Television” routine provoked a public debate about freedom of expression that eventually resulted in a 1978 Supreme Court obscenity case and helped define
the limits of acceptable free speech in television and radio broadcasts.Before Carlin could cross the proverbial line of decency, many comedians had to come before, breaking boundaries and redefining stand-up, according to Jerry Zolten, associate professor of communication arts and sciences and
American studies at Penn State Altoona.

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