Are Liberals Really Better at Comedy?

Posted in Politics
Tue, Aug 11 - 9:00 am EDT | 3 years ago by
Comments: 5
Be Sociable, Share!
  • Tweet
Use Arrow Keys (← →) to Browse

Riposte Modernism - Funny Liberals

Last week, Jon Stewart hosted his final episode of The Daily Show. You know, I think even if you aren’t a liberal, you have to acknowledge that his commercial and entertainment success was because he was good at being funny.

He was more than funny, he was often very good at striking out at politicians’ crappy behavior. But if you’re not a liberal progressive, it’s pretty hard to actually admire that, because it seemed like he consistently struck and struck hard against the right, but played softball with his own side.

Progressives loved him because he was really good at attacking exactly the people they wanted attacked, and no one else. Certainly not their own.

Only Watches Jon Stewart
Source: Meme Generator

Of course, there was also this basic problem:

The Jon Stewart Dissonance
Source: Twitter

Stewart was good at kvetching about how awful politicians were, but he never seemed to get that government itself might be a problem. Mind you, he could only do that because he always pretended that everything about big government would work perfectly if only those evil right-wingers would get out of the way. When you think about it, that’s what socialists have been using for their excuse since forever.

With Stewart leaving, there was a lot of talk on the interwebs about how much funnier liberals are than conservatives. You might have seen some smug articles that set up the board by comparing Jon Stewart to the likes of Jeff Foxworthy and then concluding that conservatives are just more defective. It must just be that they’re so dumb they can’t do good funnies, right?

But is this true? I think there’s a couple of reasons why this is actually total crap.

First, these articles like to pretend that because some liberal comedians are funny, that means all liberals are funny; and because their straw-men right-wing comedians like Foxworthy aren’t as funny, that means no conservatives are funny. But that’s nonsense. Funny comedians are funny. That’s it. You’re not funny just because you agree with what a funny person is saying. “Funny” is something individuals do, you don’t get to take collective credit for it. In that sense, being funny is pretty much the ultimate rebuttal of liberal collectivism. You can’t make humor by consensus.

In fact, a lot of liberals are ridiculously anti-funny. So much that they’ll attack even mostly-liberal comedians if they dare to cross that line into saying anything that goes against the liberal hive-mind.

Bill Maher, Chris Rock and Jerry Seinfeld are all basically liberal. Maher is more liberal than Chris Rock and both are more liberal than Seinfeld, but they all spend more time making fun of conservative ideas than they do liberal ones. And yet all three of them, three of the funniest comedians in show business by most accounts, agree that it’s impossible for a comedian to say anything funny on liberal college campuses.

When they all agree that college-liberals have become little fascists who are so politically correct that they’re literally making comedy impossible, it’s pretty much a closed case.

Did liberals hear this and take it as a sign they’d gone too far? Of course not! They doubled down on being unfunny, with attacks on the actually funny people for daring to disagree with them. Like some 20-year-old college genius who decided his liberal arts education meant he knew better than Jerry Seinfeld, and should give him some #leftsplaining about how to do comedy “correctly.” Jerry Freaking Seinfeld!

So here’s what Bill Maher had to say about that:


Second: liberals always want to present guys like Jon Stewart as the perfect example of a liberal comedian but “redneck” comedians like Larry the Cable Guy as the best example of a conservative comedian. They pretend that there are no right-wing comedians who’ll dare to be transgressive, which is a major part of what’s funny in our culture. That’s because liberals like to pretend that all conservatives are social conservatives. They intentionally ignore the libertarians, even though a lot of the funniest comedians are social libertarians.

Progressive comedians like Jon Stewart self-censor. They can be really funny when they attack conservatives, but when they try to talk about anything liberal they aren’t any funnier than those guys on the redneck comedy circuit. But libertarian comedians aren’t scared of offending anyone, they’ll go after anything that moves.

The best comedy is based on saying things that are uncomfortable but true. Those things we all ignore, or those things that the Collective has said we’re not supposed to think are funny. The stuff we all usually have to be fake about, that you have to pretend to agree with in order to be considered “proper.” The greatest comedians are the ones who aren’t proper.

That’s why when someone asked Louis C.K. (a comedian the Left loves) who he thinks the funniest comedian alive is, he said it was Doug Stanhope.

In case you’ve never heard of him, Doug Stanhope really is amazingly hilarious, and he’s a crazy rude libertarian that spares no one.

(Warning: Definitely not safe for work!)



(If you like those, there are a few more here, here and here that you might like.)

Finally, even though The Daily Show was definitely a big success, it’s not even the biggest success on the Comedy Network. I think liberals need reminding that Jon Stewart’s show is only the second-longest running show on that channel.

The longest one? It’s South Park. Yeah, the show created by a couple of libertarian guys that mocks anyone that wants to try to tell you to “respect their authoritah.”


South Park is just as funny as The Daily Show, and more free. And not only that, it’s actually done more to change the political landscape in America. If you really need me to explain why, I’ll do that in a future article.

Jon Stewart Photo by Brad Barket / Getty Images

Kasimir Urbanski doesn’t write on a specific subject; he’s EveryJoe’s resident maniac-at-large. A recovering Humanities academic and world-traveler, he now lives in South America and is a researcher of fringe religion, eastern philosophy, and esoteric consciousness-expansion. In his spare time he writes tabletop RPGs, and blogs about them at

Read more from Urbanski by clicking through the gallery below.

Gun Control

Read about what other countries can teach us about the gun control debate.

Photo by Elrepho385/Getty Images

Election 2016

Find out about how Trump's fake Christianity might help him win the election.

Photo by Branden Camp/Getty Images


Believe it or not, millennials are begging the government to censor them, and all of us.

Photo by Ferenc Gerak / Getty Images

Climate Change

Find out more about the history of climate change and what you can REALLY learn from it.

Photo by Getty Images


A primer on how to rate your socialist craphole.

Photo by Jean Catuffe/Getty Images

Right vs Left

Never mind why the Right stands up against censorship, why doesn't the Left?

Photo by Nomadsoul1 / Getty Images


Fundamentally, the claim that only government can censor is a cheap way to weasel out of admitting that you’re pro-censorship.

Photo by StockWithMe / Getty Images


Liberals claim they are funnier than their conservative counterparts, but is that really true?

Photo by Brad Barket / Getty Images

Election 2016

Could Bernie Sanders really be President? Sure, if he runs against Alf.

The Left

Kasimir Urbanski explores why the Left likes to make up conservatives.


Urbanski discusses the game-changer that could make the left-right fights meaningless.

The Future

What will the robot-driven future economy mean for you?

Religious Offense

Urbanski sounds off about the hypocrisy of the New York Times.

Personal Rights

Urbanski asks the question, Who do you think should be in charge of your own body and mind?

University Censorship

The next generation of academics, and journalists, are being indoctrinated into not even knowing what free speech means.

U.S. Conservatism Needs a Divorce

Read Part I, Part II and Part III of this series addressing the need for free-thinking conservatives to split from the politicized Religious Right.

Urbanski Explains Islam

When it comes to understanding Islam, the Left and the Right both get it wrong.

Free Speech

Kasimir Urbanski discusses why it has to be free speech, every time.

Looking Ahead

The new year is upon us. Will 2015 look to the stars, or back to the cave?

Urbanski Saves Christmas

Christmastime comes with all the usual seasonal zaniness of the Culture Wars, but Kasimir Urbanski is here to save the holiday and unite us all.

The Infection of Postmodernism

In his first "Riposte Modernism" column, Kasimir Urbanski talks about the nemesis of modern civilization.
Use Arrow Keys (← →) to Browse

Be Sociable, Share!
  • Tweet

Related Posts