That was the impetus for Bobby Gaylor, the former "Prince of Darkness," to switch over the last three months from frank discussions of sex and scatology to family humor, a new twist showcased here to great response from a capacity crowd.

That was the impetus for Bobby Gaylor, the former “Prince of Darkness,” to switch over the last three months from frank discussions of sex and scatology to family humor, a new twist showcased here to great response from a capacity crowd.

Gaylor, who’s made the local club rounds in addition to appearances on VH-1, Showtime and other cable outlets, built his 45-minute set here around his father , a crude but loving patriarch whose statements of sentimentality have to be translated on the “Dad conversion chart,” per one hilarious Gaylor bit, where “I really, really like you” means “I love you.”

Old habits are hard to break, however. Gaylor couldn’t resist veering off from the family stuff at one point in the show, evidently provoked by a patron in the front row. Still, his new material–filled with the kind of warm-hearted reminiscing that made Bill Cosby a star–bears watching.

Co-headliner Dan Reddington, another veteran of the club and cable circuit who hosts a Long Beach cable show, “Academic Challenge Bowl,” built a strong set out of his Irish heritage (even Kareem Abdul-Jabbar can sound like a son of the auld sod with the right inflection, according to Reddington) and capped it with several song satires, including a brilliant take on the polluted Santa Monica waters that should be adopted by Heal the Bay.

Opener Brian Catalina, a writing partner with comedian Yakov Smirnoff, delivered a punchy set built around men’s inability to say words such as “commitment.”

Bobby Gaylor; Dan Reddington

(The Ice House; 150 capacity; $ 7.50 top)

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Although the recent referendum on family values suggests the nation hasn't gone totally conservative, it's still tough for comedians to break into the mainstream with blue material.

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