Since stand-up comedy made its cable television debut in the late 1970s and early 1980s, it has carried with it a negative connotation filled with profanity and sexual reference.

“A lot of people know what Amway is but don’t want anything to do with it,” said MG Gaskin.

Gaskin, one of the founders of Country Comedy Tour, an all-clean, family friendly comedy act, fills his résumé with performance credits that include CMT and the New Orleans Comedy Festival Town Project. He shared the stage with Gary Valentine from “King of Queens” and Sinbad in addition to headlining the Country Comedy Tour or CCT.

CCT makes its Anderson debut Saturday evening at the Paramount Theatre & Ballroom.

“I am trying to bring comedy to people that have never been to a comedy show,” he said. “People want to be entertained, and I am trying to fill a niche.”

The niche is a growing demand for clean comedy and the tour has been successful.

The son of a Baptist minister, Gaskin has always been a clean comic.

“I believe in my faith,” he said. “You don’t need profanity to make people laugh.”

Gaskin will tour with fellow CCT comic Matt Mitchell.

Mitchell’s credits include the Casio Kid from the “Rick and Bubba Show,” an on-air correspondent for “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and numerous other television, commercial and stand-up tours.

He is self-described as “a pure Southern mash boogie comedian from Alabama with bare feet, mushmouthed drawling as mile-wide social streak,” according to his CCT biography.

The two men travel hometown theaters doing about 15 shows a tour.

“I would much rather perform in a theater. TV is so structured,” Gaskin said. “We get the audience involved and engaged.”

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