Monday, November 14, 2016

A Great Problem and a Huge Opportunity

Their balloons deflated, comedians need some helium:

Wanda Sykes: “I am certain this is not the first time we’ve elected a racist, sexist, homophobic president,” she said.

Samantha Bee: “I guess ruining Brooklyn was just a dry run. The Caucasian nation showed up in droves to vote Trump.”

Kate McKinnon: writes Ann Althouse - "She completes the song, then turns to us and says, earnestly, her eyes glistening with tears, 'I'm not giving up and neither should you.'" [Update: I watched Kate McKinnon's "cold open" of this week's SNL. Her rendition of Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah doubles as a tribute to the recently deceased songwriter and Hillary Clinton. After reflection it should not be lumped in with these examples of angry comedy.]

John Oliver: “That is the front runner for the Republican nomination advocating a war crime!”

It seems to this humble observer that anger, harangues, and lamentations do not good comedy make. As some feminists say, "That's not funny!" but hey, I'm not a professional comic.

The election of Donald Trump is a great gift to comedians, who will, after an 8-year cease fire, be free to mock the Executive Branch of the government again. If they can do it without being mean or "blue" or overtly one-sided--and yes, they know where the lines are--comedians will be able to expand their audience much further than the bicoastal echo chambers they play in.

Humor is a personal thing. Example: I find this funny.

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