Is political comedy inherently leftist? - CNN.com (external - login to view)
I've been a fan of Jon Stewart's for years, don't view myself to be a leftist, a member of any intellectual elite or socialist (I see myself more in the modern center as a classical liberal, with socially liberal but fiscally conservative views... I voted Conservative more often than not for most of my life) and to be honest, I can't say I have seen an overt agenda in most of his schtick over the years, other than mocking political absurdities, especially American ones for ratings/sponsours. I found I agreed with a lot of the statements in the article.
"Comedy has a recklessness that doesn't lend itself to the conservative lifestyle," said Rory Albanese, an executive producer and writer for "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart." "It's the same reason why Christian rock bands aren't as good as regular rock bands."
"There's funny stuff on the left, but sometimes you have to dig a little deeper. I can't say all the lies in politics come from the right. I think a lot of them come from the left," he said during the event Friday. "I do think it's important to try and come at things from all sides. What we do is poke fun at the [political] system, poke fun at the process."
Panelists agreed that partisan politics has almost nothing to do with what's funny online. "I don't think the Internet leans left," said Albanese, citing the Drudge Report and the far-right rhetoric in some online-comment threads. "It's a bad idea [for comedy sites] to pick a path politically before they go after what's funny."
I also think its interesting that the "left" turns to more comedy while the "right" turns to political talk shows (especially on the radio...be it Rutherford et al in Canada or Rush Limbaugh & Co in the U.S.); neither one should be accepted as an unquestioned source for information but some do. Its interesting as well, that many talk show hosts profess to welcome debate, and present themselves as an authority on many subjects, where many comics seem to back away from assuming influence (Bill Maher being an exception, who tries to unabashedly combine comedic derision/satire with political activism).