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Tim Dillon is a stand-up comedian and host of the popular podcast Tim Dillon is Going to Hell. He and Bridget lament the absence of humor in today’s political climate, how rich white people have culturally appropriated oppression, death by selfies, and the terrifying nature of Pokémon Go. Tim talks about how being a juror […]

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Andrew Doyle is the man behind satirical Twitter account Titania McGrath – a radical intersectionalist, feminist, and slam poet, who is constantly telling people how oppressed she is – and author of Woke: A Guide to Social Justice. He and Bridget have a fascinating and important conversation about the dangers of taking art and comedy literally, […]

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The Atlantic: “The Other Segregation”

 

The Atlantic has an excellent piece on the divisive nature of education and socio-economic/racial disparity. If you recall, Trump’s Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has been tasked with fixing our education system. Few changes have been made. In New York’s elite Stuyvesant High School, only 1% of the students identify as African-American. This is in New York City, one of the most diverse areas in the United States. Only 1% identify, whereas nearly 17% of students nationally are identified as being African-American.

Clearly, Ms. DeVos has not taken her role seriously. Students are being segregated, not only by color, but primarily by academic ability. As the Atlantic makes clear:

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Making ‘Em Laugh With David Deeble

 

Radio Deplorable is back and Dave Carter is having fun with it. This week, comedian David Deeble joins in as the two Daves enjoy a trans-Atlantic chat, one Dave in Memphis and the other in Germany. The twists and turns in their conversation take them from cruise ships to college campuses (a comedy circuit which David Deeble traveled in the past) and comparisons between the comedy of the past and the mine field of sensitivities through which humor must tread ever so lightly today. As Dave said, “For a couple of clowns, we had a really good time on this one.” We think you will too.

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Scotty Landes – TV comedy writer (Workaholics), horror movie writer (Ma), man about town – trades stories with Bridget about travel, odd jobs, and writing something weird enough to get a job offer out of it. They discuss the privilege of doing what you love for a living but the downside is that your muse […]

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Bob Einstein, R.I.P.

 

Comedian Bob Einstein passed away on January 2. He was a comedy writer who made his debut on “The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour” as California Highway Patrol Officer Judy and then created the character Super Dave Osborne, a more inept version of Evel Knievel who placed himself in various life-threatening situations. His brand of humor, in some cases, may not be considered politically correct in today’s overly sensitive and easily offended culture but, thankfully, his skits and stunts have been saved for posterity on YouTube.

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College Shows? No Thanks.

 

Drawing by Kristian Hammerstad.

I’ve worked for all kinds of audiences. Big, small, good, bad. I just did my first smoking show in a while: the entire front row was 20-something US Marines smoking cigarettes.

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The American Zeal for Punching Up

 

Red-blooded, real Americans are sick of America’s elites punching down on them. Authentic American politics, like authentic American comedy, roots for the underdog and punches up, not down. The problem with today’s elites is their down is up and their up is down: Our elites believe they’re signaling their superior virtue by “punching up” when they ridicule heartland America, but of course what they’re really doing is using their privileged social status to punch down on heartland America instead. Or that’s how it seems to many of us. For those unfamiliar with this punchy lingo, comedian Ben Schwartz explains,

“Punching up” and “punching down” are relatively new pop-political terms, often found not far from words like “mansplaining,” “problematic,” and “trolling.”

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Norm MacDonald, #MeToo, and the Fatal Flaw in the New Morality

 

Twitter is a cesspool. As if we needed more evidence, legendary comedian and acclaimed author Norm MacDonald was targeted for saying words to a reporter that a microscopic minority of humorless scolds didn’t care for. That’s all the pretext needed to subject a person, famous or not, to Twitter’s two-hour hate.

The Hollywood Reporter interviewed MacDonald on Tuesday to preview his upcoming Netflix show. The affable Canadian politely spoke his mind. For better or worse, his mind works differently than the rest of ours, which is one of the reasons he’s so funny.

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The Left Gives Up on Comedy

 

Four years ago, progressives were riding high. Obama was president, healthcare was fixed forever, and the reset-button Ruskies were our best pals. But even in that golden age, there was a growing sense that comedy was … well … problematic.

The 2014 Netroots Nation conference lectured attendees on the systematic oppression of the Humor Industrial Complex while insisting they were far funnier than those evil conservatives. “When the right says we have no sense of humor,” panelist Katie Halper said, “it’s a great way for racist/sexist/homophobic men to make themselves seem funny.”

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The Left was incensed that Pres Trump refused to attend an event run by the Fake Media. Of course, I am sort of wondering how it was the folks who work at the Leftist media attended the gala… Shouldn’t they have been at the California border wiping the brow of the beleagured Honduran refugees? I […]

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Like 99.6% of America, I had much better things to do than pay any attention to the White House Correspondents Dinner. PDT also did, holding a rally in Michigan with the common folk rather than go to an event where a bunch of snotty elitist media operatives who hate him (and the people at his […]

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When It Hurts Inside, I Just Think of My Favorite Memes

 

When the dog bites and the bee stings and it hurts inside, I just think of my favorite memes and you know what? I don’t feel so bad.

So, what makes a great political meme? For me there are four kinds: the flat-out hilarious, those which exhibit uncanny prescience, those which knock down a peg those people and institutions which richly deserve it, and those which relentlessly mock hypocrisy or false narratives.

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Why Louis?

 

According to Kyle Smith at NRO, Louis C.K.’s film I Love You, Daddy is pretty good. It has, nonetheless, been dumped in the aftermath of the comedian’s admission that he did some disgusting sexual stuff to/for/at insufficiently-empowered women.

“…HBO announced it was removing his standup-comedy specials and his series ‘Lucky Louie’ from its on-demand service. I’m not aware of anything like this kind of burn-the-evidence tactic being previously deployed in modern times, nor is it obvious why C.K. should be treated as a uniquely malign transgressor…”

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In Defense of Steve Martin’s “King Tut”

 

On the latest Ricochet podcast, Minnesotan segue-master @jameslileks impugned Steve Martin’s classic “Saturday Night Live” performance of “King Tut” thusly:

“It’s not a funny song, it just isn’t. It’s not a funny bit, there’s nothing really to it that requires anybody to look at it now. Only, sort of, their late Boomer betters saying, ‘oh, Steve Martin is the bomb, you must watch this, this is brilliant,’ but it’s not. You were stoned in college when you watched that and you thought it was funny but it isn’t.”

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