Friday, April 17, 2009

Conservative Humor vs. Humor

As an authoritarian on humor I thought I would present a fact.

Dennis Miller:
"Now we've got [Department of Homeland Security Secretary] Janet Napolitano coming out, talking about the right-wing conspirists [sic]. For God's sakes -- hey, Janet, if you're going to hover over me like this, at least ditch that Frank Luntz haircut, OK? Because I need something a little more together."

John Stewart:
[Clip of Bush: America needs to conduct this debate on immigration in a reasoned and respectful tone...We cannot build a unified country by inciting people to anger or playing on anyone's fears]
Jon Stewart: "That's what terrorism and gay people are for."

There is a difference.

One is insulting, degrading to another person, the whole point is to lift their personal egos while protecting their own limitations and making fun of appearance and the superficial. It is like a high school bully when you get a great grade in class and he calls you a "fag."

The other is commentary that so happens to bring light a particular truth. Short and simple, a bait and switch as we call it in the industry.

Any questions? I thought not.

I am Frank Chow and you can tell a lot about a person's humor by this simple test.

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1 comment:

Bryan Bowden said...

That is totally on point on why conservative humor is not funny. It's comedy of exclusion vs. comedy of inclusion. A comedian wants to include others in on the joke, not make others the joke.