Here’s the YouTube guidelines:
Violence: Video content where the focal point is on blood, violence, or injury, when presented without additional context, is not suitable for advertising. Violence in the normal course of video gameplay is generally acceptable for advertising, but montages where gratuitous violence is the focal point is not. If you’re showing violent content in a news, educational, artistic, or documentary context, that additional context is important.
First of all, I’ll say that unless you meet the new harder guidelines for YouTube Partner, you won’t have to worry about advertising at all.
Second, since your show is contextually violent/ an action series, it MIGHT be a little more leniently judged. Although for smaller channels especially that might not be true. YouTube’s kind of all over the place these days
There are a few reasons, in my opinion, why people do comedy:
- Comedy is considered easier. You don’t have to go as “deep” in the writing and the set ups tend to be simpler- a few basic over-over shots for funny conversation, as opposed to more ambitious shots that feel at home in a drama or an action series.
- As an offshoot, comedy is also a more forgiving genre, from a writing AND production standpoint. Audiences expect less of an indie comedy versus an indie drama, so if your sound is a bit off or your camera work isn’t stellar, it’s less of a dealbreaker, which is useful for filmmakers just starting out.
- Comedy, in general, is more frequently sought out by audiences, especially online ones. Plus, since most indie series aren’t discovered linearly, dramas are harder for audiences to latch onto if they happen upon a midseason episode, whereas a comedy tends to be easier to understand out of context.