Jonathan Swift , an Irish satirist in the 17th century, used scatological humor in some of his pieces, including his famous essay A Modest Proposal and his rather crude poem " The Lady's Dressing Room ", in which the speaker comments on the goings-on in a 17th-century woman's room, including her business in her chamber pot. Dave Attell and Louis C. Dirty jokes were once considered subversive and underground, and rarely heard in public. Comedian Lenny Bruce was tried, convicted, and jailed for obscenity after a stand up performance that included off-color humor in New York City in The use of the term "non-veg" is probably a reference to the carnal nature of sexual humor, and can be viewed in the context of the prevalence of both vegetarian and non-vegetarian dietary preferences in India. In British humor , the genre of " sick jokes " is often used to shock by poking fun at taboo or as a reaction against political correctness. His work parodied some of the great tragedians of his time, especially Euripides , using sexual and excremental jokes that received great popularity among his contemporaries. The cartoon Beavis and Butt-head was especially off-color in its early episodes, which included numerous depictions of animal cruelty. Comedian and actor Redd Foxx was well known in nightclubs in the s and s for his raunchy stand-up act , but toned it down for the television shows Sanford and Son and The Redd Foxx Comedy Hour , stating in the first monologue of the latter show that the only similarity between the show and his nightclub act was that "I'm smoking". The highly praised television show South Park also popularized the use of offensive humor, for which the show has become infamous.