Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, Bill Maher, Bill Hicks, Janeane Garafalo, David Cross–the list goes on forever. It seems like just about every comedian out there leans toward the left if not completely lying on that side. There are noted Republican comedians out there–Dennis Miller, Jeff Foxworthy, and Larry the Cable Guy being three of them. Miller is notoriously known for his rants, the majority of the population either disagreeing or not finding him funny. Foxworthy and Larry the Cable Guy have their southern roots and again, their political views can discourage some folks from finding them funny.
So are there actually any truly Republicans out there?
Calling someone funny is as subjective as describing any other personality trait a person may have. Take for instance slipping on ice. If you slip on ice it’s not very funny. If you see someone else slip on ice it very well could be.
Republicans are not funny. However, some are. Politics must be put aside when determining funny. This is not a friendship so you don’t have to agree on everything to appreciate their work.
Of course a Republican can be intentionally funny. The common perception is that most are humorless bores when in fact they are just as capable as a Democrat at making someone laugh. Unfortunately the majority of entertainers are liberals and they make their political adversaries into the butt of the joke.
I always believed Republicans to be incapable of laughter. Helping fuel the thought were the conservative high school teachers that on a daily basis tried to make my life worse than what it was. Looking back at it, this could have very well be them showing off their sense of humor through my suffering.
The turning point for me when I realized Republicans could be funny was the first time I watched a television show on Fox News called ‘RedEye’ early in the morning. Hosted by Greg Gutfeld, I quickly realized Fox News was not all George Bush praise and close-minded blabber. ‘RedEye’ was a news show that never took itself seriously. While continuing to lean to the right as all Fox News shows do, at times it was less about political stance and more about common sense. Gutfeld would challenge the guests even when he agreed with them, arguing only for the sake of it. Airing at 3am on the East Coast, the cast on ‘RedEye’ knew they were the druthers of entertainment and made sure the viewer became aware of what misfits they were.
As great as the show was and continues to be, there are the moments where you have to roll your eyes when you disagree. But does disagreeing with someone’s opinion take away from the humor?
Republicans are funny. Sometimes it’s just hard to find them.