September 3, 2009

THE MOST PROFOUND COMEDY LIES...:

Comedy in the Obama Age: The Joking Gets Hard (Richard Zoglin, Aug. 31, 2009, TIME)

In the George W. Bush years, political comedy came back in style, not just for late-night hosts like David Letterman and Jon Stewart — who are far more willing than Carson was to let their (usually left-of-center) political views show through — but also for the foot soldiers of the comedy clubs, where even guys who made their living from penis jokes were getting laughs from W.

With Bush's departure from the scene, much of the political urgency has drifted away from stand-up comedy. [...]

The problem, for white comics as well as black ones, is that they actually like Obama, and they say so. Even Lewis Black, the quivering maestro of political outrage, strains to put an edge on his obvious admiration for the President. "He's the first leader in my lifetime who's actually full of hope," Black says in his act. "His nipples are bursting with hope! He's lactating hope!"


...in the way these guys, who style themselves provocative, have to muzzle themselves to serve the politically powerful. Consider what it says about their own doubts that they don't think the UR can withstand some joshing.

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 3, 2009 6:49 AM
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