Smart bets: Nice Guys Comedy

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The intention of comedy is to elicit laughter, but as local comic Grayson Morris knows, the results are not always funny. “Because comedy is supposed to be based on free speech and addressing taboos, comedians often feel free to unleash their racism, misogyny, homophobia, classism, ableism, body shaming, etc., onto an audience that didn’t sign up for that,” she says. That’s why Morris created a new comedy series, Nice Guys Comedy, at MG Road on the second Sunday of every month. “I wanted to create a hate-free room where the comedy can be sexual, [comedians can] use profanity, address taboos, or be downright bizarre, but never hateful or politically oppressive.” This month’s lineup includes Peter Smith-McDowell, Hilliary Begley and headliner Macon Clark on Sunday, June 11, at 8 p.m. $5. mgroadlounge.com. Photo by Paul Lewis Anderson

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