The Left has this belief only they are funny, and I agree. Of course, much of their humor from where I sit is unintentional in nature, but funny is funny. However, what the Left considers comedy leaves a lot to be desired. Whether it’s Amy Schumer talking about her female parts or Stephen Colbert saying President Donald Trump’s mouth was Vladimir Putin’s…well, let’s call it a male chicken holster. Although I’m not exactly sure why a male chicken would need a holster, but to each his own.
Comedy is a hard thing to identify, but it is easy to define. And, of course, the Left has their own view of what comedy is.
What the Left believes it means – anything amusing, especially when it comes at the expense of conservatives
What it really means – anything amusing, regardless of who is the target
Mel Brooks once said, “Tragedy is when I cut my finger. Comedy is when you walk into an open sewer and die.” Pretty morbid, but also pretty accurate. Given what passes for comedy these days on the Left, it’s definitely a tragedy for the audience.
Let’s take the aforementioned Amy Schumer, for example. When she was just starting out, she seemed like a cool woman, like a dude-bro trapped in a woman’s body. Then, she found religion, and by religion I mean Social Justice. If you’re not familiar with the term, consider the most humorless person you know. You know, that person who doesn’t find anything funny. Then, put a rainbow clown wig on him or her and remove the humor. That is Social Justice in a nutshell.
Anyway, Ms. Schumer’s descent into Social Justice causes apparently has caused a descent in her comedic talents. Her most recent comedy special on Netflix is a bigger bomb than a movie about the Manhattan Project written and directed by Michael Bay. (Now, if it were a musical…). Granted a lot of the negative comments about the special were from online trolls, but not all of them were. Some of the negative comments and reviews were from people who were her fans and thought the special sucked. That doesn’t stop her from painting them all with the same broad brush. (And when I say “broad” I don’t mean a derogatory comment for women.)
And that’s the problem. No, not that Schumer had a comedy special that sucked, although that is a problem. The problem is the Left can’t take a joke, even when it’s the job of the Leftist to tell them. It was just last year that Schumer publicly shamed a young man on Twitter for tweeting a selfie with a joke caption that could have been right out of her routine. See, she thought it was wrong because it made her sound like she was promiscuous…just like she says she is in her stand-up act.
Don’t look at me. I don’t get the outrage, either.
And speaking of outrage, today’s comedy seems to be moving into the realm of who can be more over the top than the last person. Whenever we think we’ve reached rock bottom, someone else decides to ask us to hold his or her beer and we sink further into the abyss. I remember a time when Andrew Dice Clay was the standard bearer for crude humor, but these days he looks like Mother Teresa. (Or would it be Mother Fu…well, I’d better not go there.)
This brings us to Stephen Colbert. His comments about President Trump were funny to some, but not to everyone, not the least of which being President Trump. Speaking personally, it came off more ranty than funny. Steve (can I call you Steve?), leave the rants to Dennis Miller. After all, he’s only written several books and built a segment on his HBO show around it. I know you think you’re being edgy and defending the honor of a journalist, but here’s the thing: you suck at it.
As with the Colbert comments, Leftist comedians will cross the line more frequently than an illegal immigrant with a poor sense of direction. They will say something so outrageous, so over the top, so monumentally mean and stupid even their fans will be asking them what the fu…dge they were thinking. Then, they pull out the humor card and say either they were joking or they were being sarcastic, and in both cases they will often throw in a dig at those who called them out saying they “can’t take a joke.” In other words, they’re doing the defensive version of victim-blaming. Look, maybe some people can’t take a joke, but some of us can, and sometimes your jokes suck ass. Butch up, apologize, and be funny next time.
Or in the case of Amy Schumer, be funny a first time. And original for a change.
While the Left may get its jollies poking fun at Donald Trump and Republicans, you’re only using half your talent. It’s like trying to color a rainbow with only black and white crayons. You have to admit there are some very mockable Leftists and Democrats: the Clinton family, Joe Biden, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, everybody at MSNBC, and so on. Yet, even the edgiest Leftist comedian won’t even glance sideways as these sacred cows out of fear of being called out and shunned. Let’s face it, the Left gives the Amish a run for their money when it comes to shunning people.
But here’s the thing. You can’t please everyone, and when you try to please Leftists, it’s only a matter of time before you can’t please them. When you start taking more time to clear your jokes with members f the Social Justice community than you do actually writing material, you’re doing comedy wrong. There is a part of comedy where you have to knock the familiar and comfortable. That’s why “Yo Mama” jokes are so funny. Once you’re afraid to do that, you cease to be funny and start being the kind of act that would get gonged on “The Gong Show” only to be followed up by Gene Gene the Dancing Machine as a palate cleanser.
If that’s too much for you hacks to hack, stick to Knock Knock jokes.