I thought about the recent comment concerning left-leaning humorists on the Sound Off! blog. I have
There could be several reasons. First, conservatives are about rules, discipline, deferred gratitude, duty, and similar virtues - none of which sound like funny stuff. In short, conservatives don't make good comedians as a rule because they don't see the world as a very funny place.
I was once asked to try writing for The American [Enterprise] - about as far right wing as you can get. They accepted one article, but found the other pieces (which were eventually published elsewhere) as unsuitable because they lacked the stinging satire or brittle edge so prevalent in conservative magazines.
Consider one of the great right-wing humorists: P. J. O'Roarke. I like his stuff, but it
Conservatives spend a lot of time being angry and threatening those who fail to meet their standards of conduct. Note the bald threat from the writer of the e-mail. This is not to pick on him - it's been a feature of his part of the political spectrum for about forever. It could also be because gags from the left get such an angry response,
Non-conservative humorists can work closer to the edge than conservatives who are more adherent to
Look around and back into history. While it could be the entertainment industry has mounted and maintained a powerful blackout on conservative humor for over a century, a more likely explanation of why there is so little conservative humor (and hence humorists) is the right is not very funny, or at
When you spend your
The writer [of the email] wants a balance in humor. He does not suggest any comparable
We don't write the material (well, I try), we just share it. And if you can find reliable comedy with a right-wing stamp of approval send it in. I've looked and right now nothing can touch the combination of wit, sarcasm, and irony that the left produces in quantity every day.
Oh yeah - conservatives can't dance either.
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