Typical targets for insult include individuals in the show's audience, the town hosting the performance, or the subject of a roast. An insult comedian often maintains a competitive and interactive relationship with his or her audience. The style has been described as 'festive abuse'.
The style can be distinguished from an act based on satire, or political humour. Comedians such as Groucho Marx, Lenny Bruce and George Carlin, who can be quite insulting, are not considered insult comedians.
Famous insult comics include:
It's a ruff gig, but someone has to do it: taking time away from his very busy schedule, Triumph the Insult Comedy Dog made time for Daily Variety and some top-tier celebs.(Conan O'Brien At 10)(Brief Article)
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