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This ebook examines why there are so few conservative political satirists at the present time and explores the implications of this imbalance.

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One important quality of the satirist is that he rarely cares if he offends. Satirist Paul Provenza wrote about his colleagues: “They don’t always care about being polite . . They don’t care about offending you . . They don’t care if you disagree” (Provenza 2010). This antagonism is what gives Who Brings the Funny? ● 23 satire its critical edge. Robin Williams once said that “comedy is acting out optimism,” but taken one step further, it can be argued that satire is acting out anger. There is a hostility to the form that is necessary when criticizing the established norms and taking on the political system.

Bias is different in varying forms, and in the early twenty-first century, we are saturated with partisan and biased news media outlets. Fox News, CNN, CNBC, and MSNBC all prominently feature pundits who have specific ideological slants that make them (and their networks) appealing to one select group of viewers. This slant is spreading to the entertainment media as well, as seen in The Right Network’s 2010 launch, an effort to combat what conservatives say is a liberal bias in entertainment programming.

People don’t really know at least one thing about them” (Newport 2010). SNL’s Alex Baze agreed: I always say if they have to have a lot to hang your hat on, which to me means what does the average American or the average audience member know about them, and then that is kind of 16 ● A Conservative Walks Into a Bar up to the media at large. How much do they love this politician and love talking about them? Sarah Palin is a perfect example. Not much as a politician . . as soon as she got picked we learned everything about her family, her background, pictures of her from college.

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