Why do comedians have to swear?

by Tony
(Edinburgh)

Living in Edinburgh I enjoy going to the Festival every year ... but I get really disappointed when funny comedians start swearing! Their material is funny by itself - using the F or C words doesn't make it any funnier and alienates me. When I hit my finger with a hammer I often curse - we all do. But why this need to swear when telling stories or jokes.

Does anybody else agree? Is this a generation thing? Fans of Morecambe & Wise, the Two Ronnies, Flanders & Swann, Tom Lehrer ... Fawlty Towers ... the list goes on and on.

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