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Sunday, February 23, 2014

That's not funny!

Scientists are gradually beginning to discover that progressives are, as the rest of us have known for decades, essentially humorless:
While Americans choose their next president, let us consider a question more amenable to science: Which candidate’s supporters have a better sense of humor? In strict accordance with experimental protocol, we begin by asking you to rate, on a scale of 1 (not funny at all) to 9 (hilarious) the following three attempts at humor:

A) Jake is about to chip onto the green at his local golf course when a long funeral procession passes by. He stops in midswing, doffs his cap, closes his eyes and bows in prayer. His playing companion is deeply impressed. “That’s the most thoughtful and touching thing I’ve ever seen,” he says. Jake replies, “Yeah, well, we were married 35 years.”

B) I think there should be something in science called the “reindeer effect.” I don’t know what it would be, but I think it’d be good to hear someone say, “Gentlemen, what we have here is a terrifying example of the reindeer effect.”

C) If you saw two guys named Hambone and Flippy, which one would you think liked dolphins the most? I’d say Flippy, wouldn’t you? You’d be wrong, though. It’s Hambone.

Those were some of the jokes rated by nearly 300 people in Boston in a recent study. (You can rate some of the others at TierneyLab, nytimes.com/tierneylab.) The researchers picked out a variety of jokes — good, bad, conventional, absurdist — to look for differences in reactions between self-described liberals and conservatives.

They expected conservatives to like traditional jokes, like the one about the golfing widower, that reinforce racial and gender stereotypes. And because liberals had previously been reported to be more flexible and open to new ideas, the researchers expected them to get a bigger laugh out of unconventional humor, like Jack Handey’s “Deep Thoughts” about the reindeer effect and Hambone.

Indeed, the conservatives did rate the traditional golf and marriage jokes as significantly funnier than the liberals did. But they also gave higher ratings to the absurdist “Deep Thoughts.” In fact, they enjoyed all kinds of humor more.
Actually, it's not quite true to say that progressives are completely humorless. They do enjoy one single joke that they repeat over and over again, in a myriad of variants.

"That X, he sure is stupid, isn't he!"

It's such a great joke because it works for everyone. They should have tried these three jokes on the progressives in the study:

A) George Bush is so stupid, he is really dumb!" (hilarity ensues)

B) Ronald Reagan is so stupid, he forgot he was senile! (a wave of laughter)

C) Barack Obama is so stupid, he married a Klingon! (stone cold silence)

What passes for progressive humor isn't actually humor per se, it is merely group reinforcement behavior.  It's how the rabbits police the bounds of what is, and what is not, currently deemed acceptable to the warren. And speaking of humor,  there are few things funnier than seeing the expression on the face of a progressive who hasn't realized that the borders have been moved again tell a "joke" that is based on the previously defined limits, waiting expectantly for his endorphin rush of group approval, and then failing to receive it.

On the Tierney jokes, I'd rate them 7, 1, 4.

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167 Comments:

Blogger JDC February 23, 2014 5:55 AM  

Liberals will also laugh when Sarah Silverman jokes about abortion.

Anonymous PhillipGeorge(c)2014 February 23, 2014 6:00 AM  

So progressive, liberal, atheist and autistic fill the same grab bag?

It's true.

Feeble, pathetic, narrow minded, both bigoted and invertedly self loathingly bigoted. Psychopaths, sociopaths.

ie. the government as we know it.

sorry Vox but this just isn't news = merely corroboration.

Anonymous VD February 23, 2014 6:01 AM  

They would need a negative number to properly rate Sarah Silverman. She's actually anti-funny, no matter what the topic.

Anonymous VD February 23, 2014 6:03 AM  

sorry Vox but this just isn't news = merely corroboration.

This isn't a newspaper. If you are seeking news, then you should probably try reading a newspaper or watch ABCNNBCBS.

Blogger Laramie Hirsch February 23, 2014 6:07 AM  

Silverman's a bitch, and very unfunny. Though, seeing her get hit in the face in Way of the Gun was amusing.

Also, Saturday Night Live has sucked for years. Watching the "comedians" drip from that place into late night television and other places in the avoidable mainstream Hollywood/media culture is tedious and frustrating. It's clear these losers are not funny and need the skids greased for them.

Anonymous AmyJ February 23, 2014 6:12 AM  

I've also noticed that, in addition to "stupid"jokes, they tend to like jokes within a highly specialized topic, like playing the trombone or veganism. Things that appeal to a select set of SWPLs, if it appeals to anyone else at all. Guess it makes them feel superior when no one else gets the joke.

Anonymous PhillipGeorge(c)2014 February 23, 2014 6:15 AM  

Vox, Do you visit the Raptureready's website? Would you be aware of Lloyd Pye's star child skull? You might be aware of Mitochondrial Eve's spread legs and may be aware of antediluvian human artifacts. What's interesting in this webpage are the comments from people who are utterly clueless. ie. An atheist humanist evolutionist isn't just wrong about somethings - they are wrong about everything. Economics, politics, social sciences, scientific method, statistical inference, origins, theology, health, climate, etc. etc. etc. It's just a short list. But it's on topic. It's not such an easy thing to share a joke with 'things' with which you can hardly share a planet. Anomalies and Socrates. Hand in glove.

Anonymous Salt February 23, 2014 6:20 AM  

I think liberals are quite humorous. Not their jokes mind you, them. I laugh at them all the time.

Anonymous AlteredFate February 23, 2014 6:21 AM  

Vox' third joke was fucking hilarious. The fact that it really would get "stone cold silence" from progressives is further proof that they are equal or lesser in charisma and intelligence than someone who has undergone a transorbital lobotomy.

Blogger Duke of Earl February 23, 2014 6:25 AM  

A) 6
B) 4
C) huh?

Sorry I really didn't get C at all. It might come to me after a couple of days... or not.

Jason

Anonymous Shameless Bob February 23, 2014 6:26 AM  

Progressives humorless? Man, tell me about it. The discussion was about English as a second language funding being cut, and I offered that if the government hadn't imported all these fuzzie-wuzzies and nig-nogs, they would not have this problem

You would think that I had raped a bunny then killed it and ate it.

Lighten up. You'll live longer.

Blogger Markku February 23, 2014 6:30 AM  

I'd say C was by far the best of those. B was try-hard. A was alright.

Blogger napari February 23, 2014 6:58 AM  

Im coming off a thread where they were all liberal left wing atheists. Thinned skinned, you bet. Humorless, of course, unless it was a joke at a right wing or religious folk expense.
There mission is to save the planet from Christians and man made globull warming. They insist the science is "settled" and there can be no question of man made globull warming and any disagreement is disparaged as stupid.
I finally had it with the bunch of them and have to agree with Vox that atheists are indeed irrational!
It actually gets a lot worse than that. Social issues are of primary concern. Wealth preservation takes a back seat to social issues. Nothing more important than fabricating damages of hurt feelings as a direct result of religious critique of things like anal sex. Yet they will defend Marxists pedophiles and rationalize its the harsh rules of religion that's causation of pedophilia. The liberal left wing atheists I talked with felt sorry for pedophiles. Imagine that!

Anonymous Logan February 23, 2014 7:06 AM  

Liberals also think Jon Stewart and Bill Maher are funny. I often don't mind Jon Stewart, he occasionally makes some good criticisms of the Republican Party, and in a relatively humorous way, but other times he says such dumb things that are so typical of leftists that I'm left wondering why I think he's intelligent. The way he criticizes people who say anything negative about Muslims, but then he makes similar jokes about Christians, especially Catholics, and his audience eats it up like Rob Ford at a buffet.

Bill Maher on the other hand is just a prick, to the bone, who isn't nearly as clever as he thinks he is.

Blogger Krul February 23, 2014 7:31 AM  

Did you hear about the eye doctor who got stuck in his lens grinder?

He really made a spectacle of himself.

Anonymous MrGreenMan February 23, 2014 7:32 AM  

They try to tell us people like Janeane Garofalo were funny, like they try to tell us that Michelle Obama is attractive and not some lantern-jawed, excessively-masculine freak. "I started my period today" never struck me as funny, but somewhere below "I just had a pleasant bowel movement."

Anonymous The Great Martini February 23, 2014 7:43 AM  

You're trying a little too hard here. You could just start listing off those incredibly hilarious conservative comics. Like, there....er, and then there's...

Well, there's Steve Martin and Bill Murray, for instance? They're conservative...right? Right?

Anonymous The Great Martini February 23, 2014 7:45 AM  

Wait, I just thought of one, John Wayne.

Anonymous Nathan February 23, 2014 7:49 AM  

"You're trying a little too hard here. You could just start listing off those incredibly hilarious conservative comics. Like, there....er, and then there's..."

I think you'd have a hard time listing funny comics at all these days, especially after Carlin died. They seem to serve in the same role as preachers do, but for the left. Then again, most of what passes for comedy these days isn't funny to me at all.

Anonymous Roundtine February 23, 2014 7:50 AM  

Laurie got offended that I used the word puke. But to me, that's what her dinner tasted like.

Deep Thoughts by Jack Handey

Anonymous VD February 23, 2014 7:51 AM  

You're trying a little too hard here. You could just start listing off those incredibly hilarious conservative comics.

Science denier. Why do you hate science?

You're also missing the point. No one is saying that emotionally damaged liberals can't say funny things. The point is that it is primarily conservatives who see the humor in the funny things those emotionally damaged liberals produce.

The only parts that liberals find "funny" are when the emotionally damaged liberal stops telling jokes and reaches out for emotional support by repeating the One Liberal Joke. Then they laugh. Oh, how they laugh!

You know that Sarah Palin? How stupid is she?

That just never gets old, does it, TGM.

Anonymous Conservative February 23, 2014 7:54 AM  

"Science denier. Why do you hate science?"

Exhibit A. Now that's funny.

Anonymous Roundtine February 23, 2014 7:56 AM  

Bill Burr is pretty conservative. Would a liberal talk about an epidemic of gold digging whores?

How about Patrice O'Neal, a black comedian "This is my question, for life: have we retired the phrase, "sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me"? Is it legal for me to say, "I endorse hate speech, I don't give a fuck"? I want hate speech. Why can't I hate you...in speech?"

OpenID cailcorishev February 23, 2014 8:01 AM  

You nailed it. When I think back to when I watched a lot of stand-up comedians in the 90s and saw people like Bill Maher and Ellen Degeneres before they were famous, two things strike me. First, they didn't do that much political humor. Yes, they told Reagan and Quayle jokes, but they mixed them in with genuinely funny stuff about life. They didn't go in-your-face leftist until they were famous enough to get away with it. Second, when they did tell those jokes, it was very much in-group reinforcement, as you say: "Ha, that Reagan is so senile, isn't he? I think he is, so if you think he is, we're both cool, so let's laugh together to show how cool we are!" They often aren't "jokes" at all, but just insults directed at a common enemy. It's very much about bolstering each other's coolness.

Blogger Some dude February 23, 2014 8:01 AM  

@MrGreenMan

never struck me as funny, but somewhere below "I just had a pleasant bowel movement.

Ironically enough, I was reading that while sitting on the porcelain throne...

OpenID cailcorishev February 23, 2014 8:04 AM  

Would a liberal talk about an epidemic of gold digging whores?

I think to be a great comedian you probably have to have at least an anti-liberal streak in you. A true-believing liberal just doesn't have many things it's safe to joke about. After all, what's the standard joke about feminists:

Q: How many feminists does it take to change a light bulb?
A: That's not funny.

Anonymous The Great Martini February 23, 2014 8:08 AM  

I never found Palin jokes all that funny, and when liberals laughed at her, I think it was usually a nervous laugh that might have turned rueful had she turned out to be more serious than she was. Also, I think liberals enjoyed a good robot Gore joke as well as any conservative.

Anonymous The Great Martini February 23, 2014 8:10 AM  

But I think there's much truth in the fact that liberal/progressive humor is seriously hobbled by political correctness. Once they get over that, or just let loose, they can enjoy a good guffaw as well as any right winger.

Blogger Some dude February 23, 2014 8:11 AM  

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Anonymous Roundtine February 23, 2014 8:15 AM  

Also conservative: Denis Miller, Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn, Norm MacDonald.

Blogger Glen Filthie February 23, 2014 8:17 AM  

In my defense I will say I am old, I live under a rock, and I haven't had my morning coffee yet.

Can somebody explain the last two jokes to me?

Oh - and Carlin was a baby booming fucktard as were most of his fans. He got a few right; but stopped clocks are right twice a day too. Fred Reed is not as funny but humour content is inversely proportional to objective content.

OpenID simplytimothy February 23, 2014 8:17 AM  

And speaking of humor, there are few things funnier than seeing the expression on the face of a progressive who hasn't realized that the borders have been moved again tell a "joke" that is based on the previously defined limits, waiting expectantly for his endorphin rush of group approval, and then failing to receive it.

LOL!

Anonymous The Great Martini February 23, 2014 8:18 AM  

In all fairness, I consider Bob Hope to have been very funny, and very conservative.

Anonymous A Plate of Shrimp February 23, 2014 8:23 AM  

MYSELF: Okay, here's a joke. Say "Knock, knock."
OTHER GUY: Knock, knock.
MYSELF: Who's there?

Actually I heard that one in a Buddhist monastery, and it was meant as a sermon, not a joke.....

Anonymous The Great Martini February 23, 2014 8:24 AM  

Well, with Norm MacDonald you can't be sure if that was his politics or just his shtick. By the way, watch and compare Norm's press dinner roast with Clinton vs. Colbert's press dinner speech with Bush. Clinton was in stitches, Bush looked as if he was going to have an aneurism.

Anonymous Roundtine February 23, 2014 8:25 AM  

Liberal comedians can be funny, but they often require the creation of a persona and it's always the same thing as explained above: the conservative target is stupid. Reagan, Bush, Palin, Quayle. If you look at the jokes, they just require the person to be stupid. So yeah, the jokes are funny, but it requires the creation of a character. For example, if conservatives did this on SNL, Obamamight always be shown as an African, and they'd always do fish out of water jokes as they did in Coming to America. The jokes might be funny, but it'd have no connection to the actual Obama. When discussing the debt ceiling with Boehner, he'd secretly be imagining how delicious this man with the toasted skin would taste.

Anonymous Salt February 23, 2014 8:27 AM  

You could just start listing off those incredibly hilarious conservative comics.

There's Jackie Gleeson, for one. Name a leftist who even comes close.

Anonymous ... February 23, 2014 8:30 AM  

www.truthrevolt.org/news/bill-maher-calls-matt-drudge-glenn-beck-fox-news-cracker-trifecta

Blogger Markku February 23, 2014 8:36 AM  

Can somebody explain the last two jokes to me?

There is no explanation. The joke simply does something entirely different than you expect it to.

However, the reindeer joke does it badly.

Anonymous pseudo-nate February 23, 2014 8:44 AM  

Silverman's a bitch, and very unfunny. Though, seeing her get hit in the face in Way of the Gun was amusing."

It also have birth to one of the great all time movie lines. Although, anti funny can work for some comics. Norm McDonald, for example used it to great effect.

. As for the jokes I'd gave the 2nd one a higher rating, only because I can imagine a Mitch hedberg style of delivery for it.

Anonymous VD February 23, 2014 8:49 AM  

Clinton was in stitches, Bush looked as if he was going to have an aneurism.

Most likely because the Clinton jokes are mostly of the "oh, you rogue" variety. Bush jokes are non-stop tedium about how he is stupid. Seriously, you should see some of the old UK shows where they tell some variant of the same joke over and over again.

"George Bush is like a monkey!" "George Bush is stupid!" "Do you know how stupid George Bush is? Really stupid!"

I opposed George Bush from the start, vehemently, and sitting through to much of that, I wanted to fucking vote for the guy just to kick the tedious self-satisfied morons in the teeth. I think I'm going to publish a book: 100 Great Liberal Jokes Explained.

Sarah Palin is so dumb she thinks you can see Russia from Alaska!
As it happens, one can see Russia from Alaska in three different places, specifically from Little Diomede Island, from high ground on the tip of St. Lawrence Island, and from the Tin City Air Force facility at Cape Prince of Wales. But—and this is the important thing—the New York Times doesn't know that. And that's what really matters.

Sarah Palin is so dumb she thinks the capital of China is Chinatown.
The capital of China isn't Chinatown, it is Beijing. Or Peking. Or, perhaps Taipei, if you are a real stickler for geopolitical tradition. But it isn't Chinatown, anyhow.

Anonymous VD February 23, 2014 8:51 AM  

When discussing the debt ceiling with Boehner, he'd secretly be imagining how delicious this man with the toasted skin would taste.

Now that would be really freaking funny. Over/under on New York Times editorials? 57.

Anonymous Storm Saxon's Gall Bladder February 23, 2014 9:07 AM  

The second two jokes are only funny in context - they are to be presented as deep, philosophical statements in dead-pan seriousness so that the absurdity mocks the both the speaker and the New Age Philosophy movement.

O'Rourke wrote in All The Trouble In The World about the progressives' need to be humorless. Serious people are important people, and laughter means you are not taking The Issue seriously. Since they are making very important racial bias mountains out of tiny little Redskin molehills (or whatever) they know very well that they are fools.

It takes a lot of 'group reinforcement behavior' to overcome one good joke.

Anonymous The Great Martini February 23, 2014 9:14 AM  

As I recall, the joke about Palin seeing Russia wasn't that you can't see it from Alaska so much as the idea that being in proximity to Russia somehow automatically conferred international political astuteness. You can't hold it against comics to mine rich veins of comedy in that.

OpenID simplytimothy February 23, 2014 9:22 AM  

Why did the pervert cross the road?











he was stuck to the chicken.

Anonymous dh February 23, 2014 9:23 AM  

Bill Burr is pretty conservative. Would a liberal talk about an epidemic of gold digging whores?

Bill Burr has some really great sets that have great anti-feminist themes:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zr162OZ2Z0w&list=RDr3RHLqiJj0I

Also, I really like a person who knows how to handle hecklers. It's a life skill.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4kPnOd4TogE (start at around 2 minutes)

Bill Burr is a national treasure.

Anonymous Pseudo-Nate February 23, 2014 9:23 AM  

Martini-

however the oft quoted "I can see Russia from my House!" was not anything that Palin ever said, rather a line from SNL. That is what people like to Parrot to set up the "she's so dumb" jokes, not any insight into her political acumen. If she is going to be mocked, at least have it be for something she did.

Blogger Akulkis February 23, 2014 9:25 AM  

TGM You obviously don't live in a border state. ANY Governor of Michigan leaves the job with international relations experience.

Anonymous Mildman February 23, 2014 9:25 AM  

I thought of a better version of the second joke:

I think there should be something in medicine called the “muppet effect.” I don’t know what it would be, but I'd like to hear someone say, “Nurse, what were seeing in this patient is a terrifying example of the muppet effect!”

Blogger Nathan February 23, 2014 9:32 AM  

Those aren't the funniest Deep Thoughts. This is:

"I can still recall old Mister Barnslow getting out every morning and nailing a fresh load of tadpoles to the old board of his. Then he'd spin it round and round, like a wheel of fortune, and no matter where it stopped he'd yell out, 'Tadpoles Tadpoles is a winner' We all thought he was crazy. But then, we had some growing up to do."

As for conservative comedians, they've got Adam Carolla, one of the only funny comedians out there. Steve Sailer also had a post recently about how Seinfeld, Larry David, and Sacha Baron Cohen aren't the proper liberals they're cracked up to be:

The Seinfeld - David - Baron Cohen axis of comedy

Anonymous Feh February 23, 2014 9:38 AM  

In the 1980s, it seemed like comedians thought they didn't even have to make a joke about Reagan -- all they had to do was say "Ronald Raygun" in a scornful tone of voice and everyone would laugh.

Anonymous Dan in Tx (master of humor) February 23, 2014 9:51 AM  

Pseudo-Nate beat me to it. Leave it to the leftists to take a Tina Fey joke during a Palin skit and actually attribute it to Palin. Because, you know, it would have just been soooo funny if she had actually said it.

Anonymous VD February 23, 2014 9:53 AM  

As I recall, the joke about Palin seeing Russia wasn't that you can't see it from Alaska so much as the idea that being in proximity to Russia somehow automatically conferred international political astuteness.

So, you think Texans know less about Mexico and Mexicans than, say, Minnesotans? I mean, I suspect the Alaskan National Guard, which is commanded by the governor, has to deal with some potential problems concerning their neighbors.

Does it make one "astute"? No. But it would provide one with some experience in such matters.

Blogger Laguna Beach Fogey February 23, 2014 9:55 AM  

P.G. Wodehouse.

Anonymous bob k. mando February 23, 2014 9:56 AM  

Roundtine February 23, 2014 7:56 AM
Bill Burr is pretty conservative.



you forgot the codicil: "... for somebody in entertainment."

many of the things he says are extremely transgressive to the liberal mindset. BUT, if you watch his interviews, this is willful and intentional on his part.

that's his whole schtick, seeing how uncomfortable he can make the audience ( why is it not ok to hit a woman? why is it so quiet in here? ) and then bringing them back and getting them to laugh with him.

given that the zeitgeist is overwhelmingly and reflexively lib, he pretty much HAS to attack lib shibboleths in order to do his schtick.

one of the tricks he's got in his bag to get the crowd back on his side is to start making fun of southern redneck stereotypes ....



The Great Martini February 23, 2014 9:14 AM
so much as the idea that being in proximity to Russia somehow automatically conferred international political astuteness.


you think that the governor of AK does NOT have to deal with the Russ ( or situations that the Russ create ) regularly?

i suppose you think that the AK governor doesn't have to deal with Canuckistanian authorities on a regular basis either?

Anonymous The Faithful Materialist February 23, 2014 10:14 AM  

"Liberals will also laugh when Sarah Silverman jokes about abortion."

Only if the joke is funny. Then we laugh.

Anonymous The Faithful Materialist February 23, 2014 10:20 AM  

"The only parts that liberals find "funny" are when the emotionally damaged liberal stops telling jokes and reaches out for emotional support by repeating the One Liberal Joke. Then they laugh. Oh, how they laugh!

You know that Sarah Palin? How stupid is she?"

Come on, that's not fair. Liberals think lots of things are funny. And you have to admit, Sarah Palin really is below average.

What's interesting though is that in all this uninformed, whiny, frothing at the mouth about liberals and humor, no one makes any attempt at all to identify those comedians that ARE FUNNY.

You don't think liberals are funny?

Ok

Tell me, Who IS a funny comedian.

Blogger Markku February 23, 2014 10:26 AM  

Ok: Bill Hicks was really funny.

And yes, I'm aware of his position on everything conservative.

Blogger Laguna Beach Fogey February 23, 2014 10:28 AM  

When liberals laugh it's not necessarily because the joke is particularly funny, but because laughter is their way of expressing approval of a political view. It's their version of a FB "like."

Blogger Krul February 23, 2014 10:30 AM  

TFM - no one makes any attempt at all to identify those comedians that ARE FUNNY.

You know, it helps to read the comments with your eyes open.

Blogger Markku February 23, 2014 10:32 AM  

Also, Mitch Hedberg was REALLY funny.

...what? I like my comedians dead.

Anonymous Anti-Democracy Activist February 23, 2014 10:35 AM  

In Europe, one of the most prominent figures on the right seems to be Dieudonné, a half-black, half-Eurohippie ex-leftist standup comedian.

How weird is that?

Anonymous JI February 23, 2014 10:35 AM  

Wow, Vox nailed it with this one. His next-to-final paragraph got me thinking of so many folks I know who use what passes for humor merely as group reinforcement. It isn't always lefties, I can think of a few righties who do this also, but in my experience it is much more prevalent with the lefties I know. That paragraph is a keeper for me.

Anonymous Anti-Democracy Activist February 23, 2014 10:37 AM  

Oh, and you all forgot Adam Carolla.

Anonymous bob k. mando February 23, 2014 10:46 AM  

Anti-Democracy Activist February 23, 2014 10:37 AM
Oh, and you all forgot Adam Carolla.


:rolleyes:

try using ctrl-f sometime. you're only an hour late.


Nathan February 23, 2014 9:32 AM
...As for conservative comedians, they've got Adam Carolla...





Krul February 23, 2014 10:30 AM
You know, it helps to read the comments with your eyes open.


*shrugs*

that's about as much as he pays attention to anything else. why would you expect different?

Blogger Laguna Beach Fogey February 23, 2014 10:46 AM  

I thought Adam Carolla was a libertariantard...?

Anonymous fish February 23, 2014 10:47 AM  

Ok

Tell me, Who IS a funny comedian.


Well he's been around awhile...and I'm surprised you haven't heard of him...but this guy cracks me up every time!

Gore warns Kansas: 'Dust Bowl coming back, quickly, unless we act'...

Man... that never gets old!




Anonymous VD February 23, 2014 10:53 AM  

Only if the joke is funny. Then we laugh.

What part of "Sarah Silverman" did you miss?

And you have to admit, Sarah Palin really is below average.

For what? Do you really think she has a sub-100 IQ? She's not highly intelligent like Hillary Clinton, but she may well be smarter than Barack Obama. George W. Bush is.

Blogger IM2L844 February 23, 2014 10:53 AM  

What's interesting though is that in all this uninformed, whiny, frothing at the mouth about liberals and humor...

Now, that's funny because irony.

Anonymous Van February 23, 2014 10:54 AM  

"Tell me, Who IS a funny comedian."

Jim Gaffigan
Brain Regan

Both potential crypto-conservatives (unless anyone knows otherwise).

Anonymous ... February 23, 2014 10:55 AM  

Tina Fey saw Russia from her house.

Jerry Seinfeld is RACCISS

Blogger Laguna Beach Fogey February 23, 2014 10:57 AM  

I'm actually surprised that there aren't more Right-wing comics around.

There is so much about Western society to mock, ridicule, and subvert.

Liberalism and the multicult are practically begging to be satirized, hard.

If only someone could take the works of Evelyn Waugh and Peter Cook and apply their approach to present circumstances.

I think part of the problem is that conservatives ("The Stupid Party") still think they are the Establishment, a stupid lie which the liberal Establishment tricks them into believing.

Anonymous ... February 23, 2014 10:57 AM  

Biden is above average....

Anonymous Van February 23, 2014 10:59 AM  

"I'm actually surprised that there aren't more Right-wing comics around."

People know where their bread is buttered. Give it time, and suddenly there will be a bunch of right wing comedians - and they'll all swear they had been right wing all along.

Anonymous ... February 23, 2014 11:00 AM  

Biden: "they gonna put y'all back in chains" LOL

Also: Hilary doing ebonics

Anonymous Van February 23, 2014 11:01 AM  

"Biden: "they gonna put y'all back in chains" LOL

Also: Hilary doing ebonics"

Hmmm. Maybe they were doing an Andy Kaufman style routine where the audience doesn't realize they are the butt of the joke.

Anonymous sawtooth February 23, 2014 11:03 AM  

When you look in the direction of the left, there is a wellspring of material for lampooning and making fun of. Joe Biden, Wendy Davis, Elisabeth Warren; just to name a tiny few.

Do the Hollywood or New York comic/comedy establishments ever take advantage of this abundance? Of course not.

If some late night comic told a brilliant, dead-on joke about Michelle Obama there would be a few nervous laughs and alot of seat squirming by the studio audience.

Tell a rather lame and hackneyed joke about Sarah Palin's family and you get the standard issue guffaws and "wooos!".

That is because the typical leftist audience are a bunch of programed automations. To laugh at a prominent liberal is just not right; its sinful; its blasphemy.

It's not that I find these comedians and comedy skits particularly unfunny, its that I find the comedy creators to be cowardly and disingenuous; especially when they try to come off as edgy iconoclasts. These "rebels" reliably genuflect before the liberal establishment with the automatic laugh approval of the robot audience.

Anonymous ... February 23, 2014 11:05 AM  

still... Lee Harvey Oswald was a leftist that gave us all a few good laughs.

good times

OpenID cailcorishev February 23, 2014 11:13 AM  

Tell me, Who IS a funny comedian. - The Faithful Materialist

Thanks for letting us know you don't bother to read others' comments before posting, so we can return the favor.

It'd be fun to take some established comedians back to the 80s or so, and make them watch their old routines and see how much they squirm. How many didn't have a gay joke or three in his routine? Cross-dressing was fair game until just recently. They're running out of people to make fun of; the only completely safe target left is white, Christian, straight, non-disabled, non-retarded men. Every other target is dangerous.

Blogger Michael Deloatch February 23, 2014 11:16 AM  

I am completely dumbfounded by the last 2 jokes, even given the explanations offered in these comments. First one gave cracked me up and I gave a "6" -- maybe because I've been married nearly 30 years.

Here's the real nub of this issue I believe -- what is "humor"? Isn't laughter really about a release of tension? Someone farts in a public setting and everyone's going to giggle.

I suggest that liberals laugh at what they do because it's really their own inner cognitive dissonance that gives them tension they must diffuse through laughter. In other words they know much of the BS they embrace is just that on a fundamental level, but manifesting groupthink compliance is more important than what common sense whispers to them is truth.

Anonymous ... February 23, 2014 11:16 AM  

Noam Chomsky is great if you like observational humour... "what's the deal with Dick Cheney and Halliburton" and such.

OpenID cailcorishev February 23, 2014 11:24 AM  

South Park is a good example of this in both directions. The guys who make it are very much liberal themselves, but they're irreverent enough to take shots at most anything. When they make fun of liberal sacred cows, they come up with some really original, funny stuff, like Al Gore chasing after Man-Bear-Pig. Man-Bear-Pig is a lot funnier than saying, "See, Gore was wrong about this and this, so he's stupid." But when they dedicated an episode to making fun of Mormons -- which seems like it would offer plenty to work with -- they actually had someone singing "Dumb dumb dumb" in the background music whenever the Mormons explained their beliefs. They were so anxious to say it was stupid that they just came out and said it, instead of finding a funny way to show it.

So when they're being typical liberals making fun of things liberals despise, they're not that funny. When they make fun of liberal ideas, perhaps stepping into the conservative mindset to do it, they become much funnier.

OpenID thetroll February 23, 2014 11:27 AM  

> I'm actually surprised that there aren't more Right-wing comics around.

Can't make a living at it. Jay Leno, for instance, has enough balls to label himself 'fiscally conservative' publicly in between the leftie pieties, which is about as far as you can go without being shunned completely by the MSM tribe. When taken to task as to why he doesn't skewer Democrats more often, he was straight up; when you skewer Republicans, everybody laughs. When you skewer Democrats, they get offended. Because to them humour doesn't exist on its own; like all their other shared experiences, its overriding purpose is to further the expression of tribal identity. Mock outgroup: funny. Reinforce groupthink: funny. Opposite of either: not funny, and probably Cause For Offense. Absurdist, or otherwise orthogonal to tribal identity: neutral to not funny, depending on how much independent thought is involved.

Anonymous automatthew February 23, 2014 11:30 AM  

Gaffigan has five children, and at one point they were all living in a two bedroom apartment. I consider that to be basically coming out of the closet as a conservative.

Blogger Markku February 23, 2014 11:34 AM  

I am completely dumbfounded by the last 2 jokes, even given the explanations offered in these comments.

First, you have to hear the narration in your head. If you read it visually, then no lulz for you.

Second, you have to have heard enough jokes that you are already unwittingly trying to anticipate the punchline. Teh Funneh isn't in the joke, it's what happens in your mind.

Also note that it is very important for this joke that the name is weird, so that the final sentence sounds weird.

Now, of course, this kind of a joke is even more difficult to explain into Teh Funneh than a normal joke. One can only explain why someone else found it that way.

Anonymous Ain February 23, 2014 11:53 AM  

VD: "They would need a negative number to properly rate Sarah Silverman. She's actually anti-funny, no matter what the topic."

Negative funny actually causes dark clouds to form when a joke is attempted, rather than any sort of mirth. She's the poster child of that.

Blogger Dominic Saltarelli February 23, 2014 11:54 AM  

I gave them 4 7 3. The 3 simply because I remembered that episode of SNL and was prepared for it. The reindeer effect, I dunno, that worked for me. It's the deadpan delivery stuff that I like best. One time, I was out at a bar with some friends, and one of the guys was telling a story that went like this:

"...and I had this vague feeling that something was wrong, but I couldn't figure out what. You know, that like feeling you have right up until realizing that Whoopi Goldberg has no eyebrows."

I lost it at that point. Couldn't breathe and had tears rolling down my cheeks. It was one of those 'you had to have been there' moments.

Anonymous A Plate of Shrimp February 23, 2014 11:55 AM  

Why the exclusive focus on standups, who most of the time aren't funny no matter what their politics are. Several of the greatest comic novelists of the past century were conservative, and at least one, John Kennedy Toole, took shots at everybody, including liberal sacred cows; he wrote what is probably the funniest parody of the civil rights movement that anyone's ever done. There are also great political cartoonists and regular cartoonists, some of whom were either conservative or ambivalent towards liberalism. It would be interesting to learn what Charles M. Shulz's politics were.

Part of the issue of liberalism's cultural dominance is that in the 20th century, America most of the time was so overwhelmingly powerful, rich and dominant, it seemed like liberalism was a kind of nice-guy madness that the country could afford, sort of the luxury of being generous with anything and everything, even when undeserved, or perhaps especially when undeserved. The really evil, sinister, destructive leftist cranks and villains tended to hide their true intentions under a veneer of just wanting everyone to prosper (when of course the exact opposite is their intention). As America becomes poorer, weaker, browner and stupider, we will see if anybody can actually afford liberalism in say ten years' time --- even as a joke.

Blogger Markku February 23, 2014 12:00 PM  

Why the exclusive focus on standups,

In my opinion, it's the most difficult form. To be a standout standup, you have to master both writing and delivery, and you don't even get to have a second take if you screw up the latter.

Anonymous Noah B. February 23, 2014 12:03 PM  

"Barack Obama is so stupid, he married a Klingon! (stone cold silence)"

Yeah, but she makes great pancakes.

Anonymous Pseudo-Nate February 23, 2014 12:06 PM  

Markku- very good point. That's the difference between someone who get's Hedberg, and someone who just scratches there head. Personally to avoid the political hack jokes I like the Anarcho-Comedians like Tosh, or Jeselnik. The point for them, contrary to the common theme of putting forth something people all identify with, is to be as offensive and off putting to the audience, but in a way they can't help but laugh at. I always felt if you can make someone laugh at something terrible, THAT is the sign of a good joke. That shows you are undeniably funny. This is contrary to the comics who basically say things that are offensive to people the audience hate to gain there favor (IE anti christian, anti bush jokes).

Anonymous Loki Sjalfsainn February 23, 2014 12:12 PM  

One time, I was out at a bar with some friends, and one of the guys was telling a story that went like this:

"...and I had this vague feeling that something was wrong, but I couldn't figure out what. You know, that like feeling you have right up until realizing that Whoopi Goldberg has no eyebrows."

I lost it at that point. Couldn't breathe and had tears rolling down my cheeks. It was one of those 'you had to have been there' moments.


((No, you don't have to have been there. That was damn funny.))

Anonymous Pseudo-Nate February 23, 2014 12:19 PM  

+1 to the whoopi joke. Also submitted to the ilk for rating:

"My mother should have been on one of the planes on 9/11.... I think"

Example of my last post: if you can watch This and not laugh at some point, you have no soul.

What's great is he exclusively tells jokes about things like that. Literally NOBODY is pro dead babies, but he gets laughs.

Blogger Retrenched February 23, 2014 12:19 PM  

Political correctness killed mainstream comedy by robbing it of 80-90% of its potential targets. And you can only tell so many jokes about white heterosexual Christian males before they start to get stale.

Yeah, when there's a Republican in the White House the late night shows are pretty decent, because they will go after Repubs every chance they get, but with a Dem president like we have today they're boring as all hell.

Imagine how much fun the late night hosts would have had with a GOP president who ate dogs or called the NBA champs "the Miami Heats"....

Anonymous Van February 23, 2014 12:27 PM  

"'Barack Obama is so stupid, he married a Klingon! (stone cold silence)'"

"Yeah, but she makes great pancakes."

If you wanna be happy for the rest of your life
Never make a pretty woman your wife
If you wanna be happy for the rest of your lfe
Get an ugly girl to marry you...

Anonymous The Faithful Materialist February 23, 2014 12:31 PM  

"And you have to admit, Sarah Palin really is below average.

For what?"

Below average for what? Well, for just about everything that matters. However, she does make me laugh. I've seen her on these political talk shows. She's asked a question about current events and proceeds to give answers that cause her hosts to nod, craft a puzzled smirk, then move as far away from her response as possible.

It really makes me laugh. I'm still trying to figure out if her entire post governor careers is some sort of performance art piece.

If she would just run for the GOP nomination for president. That's what I'm waiting for. How funny would that be!!!

Anonymous Noah B. February 23, 2014 12:33 PM  

Or said whatever the teleprompter told him to say...
Who bowed to foreign leaders...
Who made ridiculous promises that no one believed...
Who actually promised to make energy prices skyrocket as though it was a good thing...
Who has doubled the public debt in 5 years...
Who supposedly has the "toughest job in the world" but always finds time for golf...
Who laid down a red line and did nothing when it was crossed...
Whose stock response is to accuse his opponents of racism...
Who demanded executive accountability during Bush's presidency but has provided none of his own...

The comedic potential here is just enormous. The only legitimate argument for not using this material is that it's just too easy, kind of like rifle hunting quadriplegic deer.

Blogger JDC February 23, 2014 12:36 PM  

Gaffigan has five children, and at one point they were all living in a two bedroom apartment.

I like Gaffigan as well. I find his religious humor funny (he certainly mocks the church) because he understands it. He doesn't mock the "six-year old's version of Christianity" as Lewis writes.

Anonymous Anonymous February 23, 2014 12:43 PM  

The Faithful Materialist February 23, 2014 12:31 PM

You need new material.

- Mezzo

Anonymous The Faithful Materialist February 23, 2014 12:45 PM  

"You need new material."

Why do you think I'm reading Vox Popoli??

Anonymous Racialist Heretic February 23, 2014 12:55 PM  

Gaffigan has ten children, and a parakeet, and at one point they were all living in a shoebox in the middle of the street.

Blogger JDC February 23, 2014 1:04 PM  

and at one point they were all living in a shoebox in the middle of the street.

And they were lucky to be living in shoebox, we used to have to live in a lake!

Anonymous hausfrau February 23, 2014 1:04 PM  

I remember one of Sarah Silverman's abortion publicity stunts. She posted pictures of herself posing with her boyfriend, shirt pulled up and with a bulging belly in the manner of a woman cheerily announcing a pregnancy, except that she was cheerily announcing her upcoming abortion. Her baby bulge turned out to be a large dinner. And these are the people that get the vapors over "racist" Michelle Obama jokes. So abortion jokes are ok, but I bet you a shiny penny eugenics themed abortion jokes are crossing the lines of good liberal taste.

Blogger kurt9 February 23, 2014 1:06 PM  

Its like the old jokes about feminists.

How many feminists does it take to change a light bulb?

Answer 1: One, dammit!
Answer 2: That's not funny!

Blogger ScuzzaMan February 23, 2014 1:07 PM  

Did anyone do the

"Bright eyes .. burning like fire!" ...

line?

Anonymous The Faithful Materialist February 23, 2014 1:10 PM  

"I remember one of Sarah Silverman's abortion publicity stunts..."

What's wrong with abortion jokes? Lighten up.

Anonymous Racialist Heretic February 23, 2014 1:12 PM  

And they were lucky to be living in shoebox, we used to have to live in a lake!

Luxury. There were a hundred and fifty of us living for three months in paper bag in a septic tank.

Anonymous Homey D. Clown February 23, 2014 1:14 PM  

Luxury. There were a hundred and fifty of us living for three months in paper bag in a septic tank.

Sissy. We didn't even have a paper bag...

Anonymous Homey D. Clown February 23, 2014 1:15 PM  

Also, I am hereby nominating Jeselnik as an honorary Ilk member.

Anonymous hausfrau February 23, 2014 1:20 PM  

"I remember one of Sarah Silverman's abortion publicity stunts..."

What's wrong with abortion jokes? Lighten up.

What's wrong with eugenics jokes? Rape jokes? Michelle O' monkey rape jokes?

Still waiting for the Sarah Silverman's to give those jokes equal footing with her fake abortion. It's the indoctrinated nature of her humor that is chiefly offensive. Leftists can't pick on something like anti-abortion sensibilities and claim anything else is out of bounds.

Anonymous rycamor February 23, 2014 1:28 PM  

For a good right-wing Christian comedian, see Tim Hawkins. Guy doesn't mind making fun of Churchianity a bit too: Cletus Take the Reel. (Good musician to boot).

Anonymous sawtooth February 23, 2014 1:32 PM  

Funniest leftist joke ever.

Anthony Weiner.

You just can't make shit like this up.

Anonymous The Faithful Materialist February 23, 2014 1:33 PM  

"What's wrong with abortion jokes? Lighten up.

What's wrong with eugenics jokes? Rape jokes? Michelle O' monkey rape jokes?"

I glean from your rhetorical response that you find nothing wrong with Abortion jokes.

Anonymous faithful fartsmeller February 23, 2014 1:40 PM  

i like dead-mother-from-cancer jokes

Anonymous Jack Amok February 23, 2014 1:44 PM  

Why did the perver cross the road?

He was stuck to the chicken.


That joke is dumb.

But change it to say he was stuck in the chicken and it's hilarious.

"George Bush is like a monkey!" "George Bush is stupid!" "Do you know how stupid George Bush is? Really stupid!"

George Bush is so stupid, he almost makes himself look smart.

A joke requires some sort of misdirection to be funny. Liberals aren't that good at spotting misdirection (if they were, they wouldn't fall for the scam that is their political philosophy), so jokes are harder for them to understand.

Anonymous GoScienceGo February 23, 2014 1:45 PM  

what do you call 1 million aborted GAY babies? A GOOD ... WHAT?

Anonymous Noah B. February 23, 2014 1:46 PM  

I suspect that to fully appreciate Sarah Silverman, one would need a roll of duct tape.

Anonymous A Plate of Shrimp February 23, 2014 1:51 PM  

I like the Blue Collar Comedy guys, Foxworthy and Larry the Cable Guy and the other two. It's not the funniest standup ever (you have to go to Sam Kinison and Richard Pryor for that) but it's pleasant and witty and sort of soothing, the comedy equivalent of comfort food. It has its place in the scheme of things.

I think perhaps Sam Kinison is the only standup who ever made me actually howl with laughter. Most of the time I just go, Heh heh, that was clever, that's about the kindest reaction I have to the stuff.

Anonymous ... February 23, 2014 1:51 PM  

someone should roast Sarah Silverman and joke about her being old...

Anonymous Jack Amok February 23, 2014 2:01 PM  

Sarah Silverman is such a great comedy writer that she got fired from SNL after only one season and none of her jokes made it into the air. That on a show that's desperate for sheer volume of material. She's the perfect example of the real "lowest difficulty setting in life", namely a pre-wall woman with some looks and not much shame. I suspect her post-wall career will be... more obscure.

Anonymous Noah B. February 23, 2014 2:13 PM  

"I think perhaps Sam Kinison is the only standup who ever made me actually howl with laughter."

The man was a comedic genius. I've never seen a standup act to rival his.

Blogger haus frau February 23, 2014 2:23 PM  

Not fond of abortion jokes. It was a commentary on the strange priorities of the left where jokes about dismembering live babies are far less offensive than jokes denoting bad feelings towards black people.

Blogger RobertW February 23, 2014 2:29 PM  

I'd rate them as 8, 1 and 7. 2 didn't really come off as a joke for me. 1 and 3 made me howl, but 3 took a couple of seconds to register.

Anonymous Susan February 23, 2014 3:02 PM  

Sarah S. and Garafalo both went seriously downhill after being dumped by their celeb boyfriends. Who then went on to marry the new and improved models. Bitterness makes lib women really ugly. Inside and out.

Libs can't do comedy very well anymore because good comedy has always had a kernel of truth in it that people could recognize and appreciate. A lib's version of comedy is based on falsehoods and PC stupidity that nobody buys anymore.

Anonymous A Plate of Shrimp February 23, 2014 3:40 PM  

"Libs can't do comedy very well anymore because good comedy has always had a kernel of truth in it"

They've also become the Establishment, and have thus lost the charm of being a rebel. They're the Empire now, the guys in the Darth Vader helmets. They don't get to be Han Solo any more.

As for rating those jokes, #1 was funny but the genre is so old and predictable it gets docked a few points for sheer creakiness. 2 and 3 showed more imagination and originality and a new style; 2 was a little timid though. #3 is the winner. Let's say ratings of 6,6, and 8 respectively.

I think my favorite Deep Thought went something like: "You might think the most dangerous animal in the world is a shark, or a grizzly bear, but it's not. It's a shark with a grizzly bear on his head, riding on the back of a tiger."

Blogger Dr. Kenneth Noisewater February 23, 2014 4:06 PM  

Best Deep Thought:

"It takes a big man to cry, but it takes a bigger man to laugh at that man."

Anonymous kh123 February 23, 2014 4:54 PM  

"I think a good gift for the president would be a chocolate revolver. And since he's so busy, you'd probably have to run up to him and hand it to him."

"If I had a mine shaft, I don't think I would just abandon it. There's got to be a better way."

Blogger Taqiyyotomist February 23, 2014 6:12 PM  

TFM

She's [Palin] asked a question about current events and proceeds to give answers that cause her hosts to nod, craft a puzzled smirk, then move as far away from her response as possible.

This "puzzled smirk" indicated to me that they really couldn't understand what she was talking about, through no fault of her own.

My uncle once told me about a paper he had to write in High School physics. He got a bad grade because the teacher couldn't understand what my uncle wrote, but in fact, it was well-written and beyond the knowledge of the teacher. He challenged this grade to the school board, and won.

I'm guessing she was talking about things quite far outside the interviewers' frames of reference.

Logic is gone now. So is reason.

Blogger Taqiyyotomist February 23, 2014 6:22 PM  

TFM

That they resort to perfunctory nods and puzzled smirks seems to indicate that they simply cannot use dialectic.

All they can do is facepalm when they know nothing about anything other than looking good on camera, and when faced with views contrary to their fancy Jurnalism-school indoctrination. They actually are UNABLE to speak real, actual words and phrases when confronted with truth. So they draw from their scrabble-bag and play the tile. It's taqiyya, bigtime.

And they hated her to begin with. They are not reporters, or the newly-coined "journalists". They are operatives.

Anonymous A Plate of Shrimp February 23, 2014 6:59 PM  

Sarah Palin has never struck me as particularly low IQ. I doubt she's any sort of major genius, but the fact is she came from a modest background and built a large family, a successful private business, and a formidable career in state politics, rising steadily through the ranks and playing the game with considerable skill. Governor of AK after coming out of pretty much nowhere, with no Ivy League cred or any of that sort of thing, is not such a minimal achievement; moreover, she seems to have had a pretty good record as Governor. I was hearing chatter about her as a national player long before McCain picked her.

That was her big mistake, and the only thing I can point to that definitely showed poor political judgment. (That and not surrounding herself with a suitable gaggle of pointy-heads who can talk the talk.) McCain was a train wreck and Bush had made the whole country sick of the GOP; the Dems were going to win in 2008 no matter what she contributed. She should have turned him down, served a second term as a successful governor, and used her second term to attend liberal-bias charm school and become fully conversant in national and international affairs. Had she done that, she could have been president in 2012. Obama was the Precious, and the liberal media Gollum complex was going to do ANYTHING to protect their Precious. In 2012 she could have come flying at him with two successful terms as governor and an expanded vocabulary, and she's still pretty hot. Might have galvanized the white voting base against the orc coalition. So that was a blunder that showed a real lack of nous, the only one I can genuinely blame her for. The woman survived a vicious hate-filled shit-storm unlike anything I've seen in my adult life, and came out of it as a best-selling author and minor political kingmaker. Not brilliant, but also not too shabby.

She says the occasional shallow thing, but Obama says fifteen shallow things every day before breakfast. It's just that his shallow horse-shit is the RIGHT shallow horseshit for.... well, you know. I'm a lot more impressed by a woman who was given nothing and made her way to the national stage, than by a guy who was given everything, was stroked and groomed in every conceivable way, and has still managed to make a bloody cockup of every thing he touches.

Blogger Eric February 23, 2014 7:09 PM  

As I recall, the joke about Palin seeing Russia wasn't that you can't see it from Alaska so much as the idea that being in proximity to Russia somehow automatically conferred international political astuteness. You can't hold it against comics to mine rich veins of comedy in that.

No. The joke was "I can see Russia from my house".

Sadly, the vast majority of leftists think that's a direct quote from Sarah Palin as opposed to an attempt at humor by Tina Fey (or some joke writer, more likely). Sarah Palin is soooooo stupid she thinks she can see Russia from her house! It's not that they think there's a clever joke in here somewhere - they're just laughing at something stupid they're dumb enough to think she said.

The irony here is actually funny.

There's another irony that makes me laugh as well. Based on his military test scores, GWB is in the top 5% of the general population by intelligence. That is, 95% of the people in the "George Bush is stupid" circle-jerk are less intelligent than George Bush. Including, of course, John Kerry, as if that isn't obvious to the most casual observer at this point.

Anonymous Tom White February 23, 2014 7:14 PM  

what do you call 1 million aborted GAY babies

Natural selection

Blogger foxmarks February 23, 2014 7:31 PM  

In Soviet Russia, joke tells you!

But seriously, where does Scott Adams land on the political map? It ain't stand-up, but Dilbert is funny.

Anonymous Mister Blister February 23, 2014 7:52 PM  

"In Soviet Russia, joke tells you!"

Heh. But I think what you really want there is, "In Soviet Russia, joke gets you!"


Blogger James Dixon February 23, 2014 8:17 PM  

> Below average for what? Well, for just about everything that matters.

To you? Obviously. Of course, that was probably true of Einstein too.

> I'm guessing she was talking about things quite far outside the interviewers' frames of reference.

With TFM, that's apparently not that difficult,

OpenID cailcorishev February 23, 2014 8:22 PM  

Sarah Palin has never struck me as particularly low IQ.

Like most people who succeed in politics, she's probably a bit over average. But she fit two stereotypes, one believed by liberals and one believed by many people: Republican = stupid; hot = stupid. So to liberals, a hot Republican chick = stupid squared. (Not that she was that hot, but when you're used to staring at prunes like John McCain and Joe Biden, she's the homecoming queen.)

I also suspect that if you put pictures of Sarah Palin and Tina Fey doing Sarah Palin side by side, most liberals couldn't pick out the real one at better than a 50/50 rate. Most probably spent more time watching Fey do Palin than they spent watching Palin herself to find out what to hate her for.

Anonymous Don February 23, 2014 8:59 PM  

People hate Palin because of racism. She married a native who happens to be good looking and athletic. Obviously because she's stupid. Tina Fey can see it why can't you?

Blogger Retrenched February 23, 2014 9:00 PM  

"How many feminists does it take to change a light bulb?"

"Answer 1: One, dammit!"
"Answer 2: That's not funny!"

Answer 3: None. They just sit in the dark and blame the Patriarchy.

Blogger Markku February 23, 2014 9:20 PM  

It's not that they think there's a clever joke in here somewhere - they're just laughing at something stupid they're dumb enough to think she said.

Quote:

But flippancy is the best of all. In the first place it is very economical. Only a clever human can make a real Joke about virtue, or indeed about anything else; any of them can be trained to talk as if virtue were funny. Among flippant people the Joke is always assumed to have been made. No one actually makes it; but every serious subject is discussed in a manner which implies that they have already found a ridiculous side to it. If prolonged, the habit of Flippancy builds up around a man the finest armour-plating against the Enemy that I know, and it is quite free from the dangers inherent in the other sources of laughter. It is a thousand miles away from joy it deadens, instead of sharpening, the intellect; and it excites no affection between those who practice it,

Your affectionate uncle
SCREWTAPE

Anonymous Don February 23, 2014 9:31 PM  

Sarah Silverman ruined 'The Aristocrats' how do you ruin a joke like that?

Anonymous The Faithful Materialist February 23, 2014 11:08 PM  

"Sarah Silverman ruined 'The Aristocrats' how do you ruin a joke like that?"

And it was still one of greatest documentaries ever!

I think the sweeping statements about liberals not being funny and being conditioned not to step over certain PC lines is bullshit. I just saw a segment on CBS Sunday Morning about the show Portlandia. It's an entire show devoted to making fun of eco-liberals in particular and liberals in general.

Everything Seth McFarlan does hits on liberals and conservatives. Jon Stewart takes on liberals and conservatives.

This entire topic is much a do...

Anonymous The Faithful Materialist February 23, 2014 11:11 PM  

"People hate Palin because of racism. She married a native who happens to be good looking and athletic. Obviously because she's stupid. Tina Fey can see it why can't you?"

I don't think it has anything to do with who she married. She a caricature of puppet conservatives. She hasn't had an original thought in her life. You couldn't think up a fictional character like her.

Anonymous Scoutmaster B February 23, 2014 11:32 PM  

"She hasn't had an original thought in her life."

And you base this assertion on...?

Anonymous The Faithful Materialist February 23, 2014 11:41 PM  

"And you base this assertion on...?"

Observation.

Anonymous Jack Amok February 24, 2014 12:13 AM  

"And you base this assertion on...?"

Observation.


Faithful, that's not how you spell "projection."

Anonymous A Plate of Shrimp February 24, 2014 12:22 AM  

Original thoughts tend to be a very bad idea in national politics. Exhibits A through Z-sub-40,000: leftism.

And besides, what did you observe? That a small-town girl with limited resources took it upon herself to raise a family, found a successful business, and climb the ladder of state politics all the way to the governor's mansion and beyond? Geez, what a piker.

Tell us, O original-thinking genius. What are these observations of yours? I'm sure they're all achingly astute.

Anonymous Eric Ashley February 24, 2014 12:38 AM  

And God said "I sent you Reagan to be my sword, to destroy the International Left," And they were broken like cheap, radioactive glass fired in a Soviet factory by a vodka-swilling man ,with no potatoes. And God said "I send you Palin, to bring your oppressors in your nation pain, to break them like panes." And God threw a lightning bolt to earth, but Karl Rove jumped up, knocked Obama over crying, "I'll save you!". And the bolt struck Rove, and the smell of his roasting fat went up as an incense before the Lord.

Anonymous DK February 24, 2014 2:14 AM  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vDAJQY5FMIw

British comedian Alexei Sayle makes a couple of good jokes at the expense of the left (and George Bush I....this is 1988). All the more impressive as he's about as leftist as they come.

Anonymous DK February 24, 2014 2:34 AM  

Speaking of Brits, Harry Enfield is a comic genius and at least somewhat conservative, though I don't know his views in any detail. Here's an amusing satire on narcissistic anti-conservative 60's culture.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jZQSQsAA_Ts
Yes, there's even an abortion joke of sorts.

Blogger Duke of Earl February 24, 2014 5:24 AM  

I think, in the case of British comedians, in the main they aren't defined by their politics so much. As far as they're concerned skewering the pompous and the powerful is just part of the job, irrespective of how they vote.

Anonymous ... February 24, 2014 6:38 AM  

the atheist gay guy hates sarah palin... shocka

Anonymous VD February 24, 2014 8:04 AM  

She hasn't had an original thought in her life.

Bullshit. Her move to resign the governorship was unexpected and tactically brilliant. Your hatred for her is simply a consequence of your fear of women.

Anonymous .... February 24, 2014 8:13 AM  

...what makes leftists ultimately boring is their unerring predictability?

OpenID cailcorishev February 24, 2014 8:31 AM  

I think the sweeping statements about liberals not being funny and being conditioned not to step over certain PC lines is bullshit. I just saw a segment on CBS Sunday Morning about the show Portlandia. It's an entire show devoted to making fun of eco-liberals in particular and liberals in general.

You're just confirming the point we're talking about. Liberals can be pretty funny when they're self-deprecating and make fun of liberalism, because there's tons of material there and they're intimately familiar with it. But they still have to be careful to choose safe targets, like SWPL eco-freaks -- predominately upper-middle-class white people. And though I've never seen the show, I'd bet good money that it's affectionate parody, not the kind of hateful stuff they threw at Palin.

There's a way of making fun of a group's characteristics while still promoting that group. South Park did this with homosexuality and the Big Gay Al character, having lots of fun with "offensive" gay stereotypes, and yet having the moral be about how gays are wonderful and we should accept everyone. That's very different from the jokes you get when your message is, "Group X is bad."

Really, if you can't tell the difference between the jokes they told about Clinton and the jokes they told about Bush, you just aren't paying attention.

Anonymous A Plate of Shrimp February 24, 2014 9:07 AM  

If they actually started paying attention, it would mean they would have to stop being leftists. So paying attention is the last thing they're going to do.

Blogger AjaxMurgatroyd February 24, 2014 9:46 AM  

For my money, they don't come any funnier than Doug Stanhope, Jim Jeffries, and Bill Burr. I wouldn't call any of them liberals, although Burr definitely has a blue collar Bostonian pragmatist thing going on. Stanhope and Jeffries both have an anarchic contempt for both leftist PC and mainstream conservative mores. Louis C.K. is often brutal and brilliant, but has a disappointing tendency to punt (regarding women) where Burr scores touchdown after touchdown on fourth and long.

Anonymous The Faithful Materialist February 24, 2014 9:53 AM  

"Bullshit. Her move to resign the governorship was unexpected and tactically brilliant. Your hatred for her is simply a consequence of your fear of women."

I had learned one thing: Bloggers are definitely funnier than liberals.

Blogger AjaxMurgatroyd February 24, 2014 10:07 AM  

"How many feminists does it take to change a light bulb?"

Two. One to change the bulb and the other to suck my dick.

Blogger AjaxMurgatroyd February 24, 2014 10:10 AM  

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Anonymous Edjamacator February 24, 2014 11:50 AM  

It's hard to be funny, or think things are funny, when you're filled with hate and self-righteous indignation all the time. I'll bet it kind of ties in with how liberals can't really stand listening to their own too long, either.

Anonymous Josh M. February 24, 2014 12:36 PM  

Seth Meyer was doing an interview (I forget where) promoting his new late night show. The host asked him if it was intimidating at the correspondent's dinner a few years ago, since you have to poke fun at the president right in front of him. He acted like it wasn't too bad. The host then asked for an example of a joke he used to poke fun at the president. Meyer said, (very close paraphrase):

I said to him, "Mr. President, if your hair gets any whiter, the Tea Party will endorse you."

I'm not sure if it occurred to Seth that this joke was at the Tea Party's expense, not the President's. This is a hallmark of progressive joke-telling.....

Anonymous Michael Maier February 24, 2014 12:51 PM  

AjaxMurgatroyd February 24, 2014 10:07 AM "How many feminists does it take to change a light bulb?"
Two. One to change the bulb and the other to suck my dick.


Bravo, sir.

I'm going to have to remember that one for parties. Good way to not get invited back...

Anonymous Me Progressive Funny February 24, 2014 3:00 PM  

Tea Tards fart fart!

Blogger Anthony February 24, 2014 4:29 PM  

It's harder for conservatives to be good stand-up comedians, because being a good stand-up comedian usually requires being an unpleasant, neurotic, self-absorbed person.

Anonymous BluntForceTrauma February 24, 2014 5:35 PM  

Even Alec Baldwin, in a piece I read on Vulture.com, said, "The problem with everybody on MSNBC is none of them are funny, although that doesn’t prevent them from trying to be."

Anonymous tiredofitall February 25, 2014 2:37 AM  

"Biden is above average...." - ...

Please, Biden is one step away from emptying an RV's chemical toilet in front of the Whitehouse while proudly stating "Shitter's full!" to any passerby.

Blogger Ricky Vaughn February 26, 2014 5:16 PM  

Anyone reading Disqus comments can easily realize that conservatives are funnier than liberals nowadays. Even the barely literate conservatives are writing funny jokes. Liberal comments usually talk about something that is "problematic," or status whoring about how the story about the tranny married couple who refused to gender their son made them feel.

The funny liberals are the unpretentious liberals who aren't afraid to poke a little fun at themselves.

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