Studio C: Stone Cold Comedy

The Wall Street Journal: “Studio C, a sketch comedy show out of Brigham Young University … has achieved sizable 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 who accidentally, and agonizingly, blocks shots with his face. Working blue is out of the question for this comedy troupe. BYU, run by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, has ranked as the nation’s most ‘Stone Cold Sober’ place of higher learning for 20 straight years, according to the Princeton Review.”

“Writers at Studio C, which launched in 2012 and began its new season this month, must avoid innuendo, cursing, politics—even the word ‘gosh,’ because it sounds too much like “God.” Flatulence jokes don’t stand a prayer of getting past the BYU television censors. The result: a burgeoning pop-culture phenomenon that has racked up more than 1 billion views on YouTube—about a third of the number of Saturday Night Live.”

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