May 15, 2014
On Monday May 12, Ryan Hamilton, a comedian and Brigham Young University-Idaho alumnus, performed on Conan, a late-night talk show hosted by Conan O’Brian. Hamilton performed a clean stand up routine that had the audience in fits. He joked about his own “smiley” appearance, his desire to get married and how his life is different because he does not drink.
Hamilton is originally from Ashton, ID and a returned missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He has been performing stand up comedy in New York City for a number of years already. On being a clean comedian Hamilton said,
“Sometimes I’ll be standing around and hear someone say, ”˜Did you notice that he’s clean?’ and the other audience member will think about it and go, ”˜Oh, yeah,’ ” the former missionary says. “It’s more about funny than clean, really. It’s not a conscious decision, like, ”˜Oh, I want to be this clean comedian.’ It’s just kind of naturally what I’m drawn to and enjoy anyway. I want to be more authentic than clean.”