Clean comedy gives local families something to smile about



STANDING UP FOR KIDS—Oak Park resident James Creviston performs a clean comedy routine. His family-friendly jokes are suitable for all ages. He appears every other month at Playhouse 101 in Agoura Hills. Courtesy photo

STANDING UP FOR KIDS—Oak Park resident James Creviston performs a clean comedy routine. His family-friendly jokes are suitable for all ages. He appears every other month at Playhouse 101 in Agoura Hills. Courtesy photo

When James Creviston started performing as a stand-up comic he wanted his wife and two young daughters to see his act, but they would often have to sit through other comedians whose material wasn’t family-friendly.

The Oak Park resident decided to create a comedy show that was appropriate for all ages. Now families can attend Creviston’s Clean Comedy Hour every other month at Playhouse 101 in Agoura Hills. The next show is at 7:30 p.m. Fri., May 18.

“There’s a comedy dead zone between Los Angeles and Ventura,” Creviston said. “You have the Ventura Harbor Comedy Club and the Oxnard Levity Live, but in between there’s not a lot of stuff. People from out here didn’t really want to drive into L.A. because it was a hassle, so I decided to find a place to host a show here that everyone could come to, my friends, my family, my kids.”

The show was originally staged at Flappers Comedy Club in Burbank, but Creviston brought it to Agoura just over a year ago.

In keeping with the evening’s family theme, Creviston’s wife, Krystal, lends a hand by working at the door.

She said there was a bit of an adjustment period when her husband, who works at a software company, decided to start doing stand-up comedy with an act that wasn’t always clean.

“He didn’t start out doing clean (comedy). He was taking a class from someone that was not pushing clean, and that kind of bothered me,” she said. “People wanted to come see him, but he had to make the material clean because we were bringing my parents and friends from the community and our kids. We would go to these comedy clubs to see him perform, but everyone else would be really filthy. That’s how we started producing our show, because then we weren’t embarrassed to bring people.”

She said the audience usually includes their friends, family, co-workers and members of their church, and there are always children in attendance.

James Creviston has been performing stand-up comedy for about two years. He said that all his life people have told him he should be a comedian, and he described himself as the class clown in school.

He books comedians he’s performed with at clubs around L.A., where he still performs.

He’ll invite friends to the gig and sometimes will take their recommendations for other comics. Sometimes comedians will reach out to him for a booking. When that happens, he asks to review their act to make sure it’s appropriate for his show.

“There’s no swearing, no sex, no drugs, no talking about bodily fluids or body things. I’ll let there be innuendo but it depends on what the innuendo is,” Creviston said. “I always tell people ‘if you have a question, come to me,’ because my kids are there and I want to make sure that they aren’t being exposed to anything bad. You can do tons of stuff without cursing, without talking about your body parts or whatever. That’s what I do.”

He said sometimes his choices are limited because not everyone can gear their act toward a family audience. In some cases, the distance can also be a problem.

“I’ve had people turn me down because it’s too far (to travel),” Creviston said. “But I’ve had people come from Ontario to perform. Someone’s coming up from San Diego to perform at the next show. I’ve made good friendships in the comedy world. People know they can trust me and they’re going to be able to have a great show.”