Quick, off the top of your head, name your five favorite comedians. I don’t care who you are, what your ideology is, or even where you fall along the sense of humor spectrum, I’ll bet you a wooden nickel your five favorite comedians have one thing in common with my five favorite comedians — none of them are conservative.
And I think I know why. In order to be a great comedian, I believe you have to have a sense of humor about yourself. This is something all conservatives inherently lack. They cannot laugh at themselves. A little healthy self-loathing is the wellspring of good comedy. A lot of unhealthy self-loathing can be the wellspring of great comedy. But when you can’t laugh at yourself, you can’t be funny.
I had the misfortune of catching Brad Stine on at CPAC (the Conservative Public Action Conference) on CSPAN yesterday. He is billed as a “Christian Conservative Comedian.” He is obviously the first two things. But he is not a comedian. I hereby issue the following challenge: First, I dare you to make it all the way through the video above. Second, Find a funny part. I’m not talking about the chuckles you get from watching a terrible contestant on American Idol. Unintentional comedy doesn’t count. I’m talking about intentional comedy– i.e. The Jokes. There are none. He can’t for one second take himself as anything less than a very serious, conservative Christian. He cannot make light of himself because he fears it might make him appear weak. Because he can’t do that, he’s not funny.
Maybe Brad Stine could learn a thing or two from this guy:
This is a clip of Louis C.K. on David Letterman. So it’s clean. It’s clean and it’s funny. And it’s funny because Louis C.K. understands that if you’re going to make fun of other people for being idiots, you had better make it clear that you’re perfectly capable of being an idiot yourself. The best comedy always involves a bit of self-deprication. That’s why there are no genuinely funny conservative comedians. Don’t believe me? Just ask Dennis Miller or Victoria Jackson.