After watching this I realise how right you are. I hadn't actually noticed that there are possibly no comedians today that do this. (I aren't saying there are no funny people about) but almost everyone is either observational or simply sarcastic or pee takers. I found myself last night laughing my head off at a guy simply telling funny jokes with no agenda other than to make someone laugh. And some of his religious material, aside from being hilarious, must have been so close to the knuckle at th the time. Absolutely brilliant.
I knew he was good at it but I'd forgotten just how good. I can't recall laughing so much in 60 minutes of TV for a long time.