facet of American culture
, this is where funny people
would go to tell jokes
that would make people laugh
. These funny people were called stand-up comedian
Today, hardly any laughs can be found at most comedy clubs, as just about anyone vaguely funny is almost immediately sucked into the maw of Hollywood, leaving behind the self-pitying pikers who shovel on formulaic lines time and again. Some people blame irony for this, as it has made introspection and self-reference fairly common.
Improv Comedy clubs can be an exception to this rule, as they are dependent upon human spontanaity, but they are eschewed by many of the hardcore stand-up players because of their inherent lack of structure and build-up.