Skip to comments.Comedy in the Obama Age: The Joking Gets Hard (Making Fun of Obama is Racist, Impossible)
Posted on 09/02/2009 11:06:40 AM PDT by nickcarraway
The crowd sitting elbow to elbow in the basement performance space at New York City's Comedy Cellar on a recent Wednesday night had pretty much had its fill of sex jokes, gay jokes, rants about New York cabdrivers and time-filling banter with the couple in the front row who had just gotten married a week ago. Then, a few minutes after midnight, James Smith, a lanky Australian stand-up who has appeared on HBO's Flight of the Conchords, bounded onto the stage for a 15-minute set to do something a little different. He talked politics.
Some of his targets were old reliables like Bill Clinton, fresh from his diplomatic jaunt to North Korea. ("We need to bring two hot Asian chicks back from North Korea in a private jet," said Smith, imagining the genesis of Clinton's recent mission. "Who should we get?") He delved into the economic crisis, pinpointing the bitter irony of banks' having to declare bankruptcy ("How do you f___ up your only job?"). And he waded fearlessly into perhaps the most treacherous satiric waters of all: the new resident of the White House. (See TIME's history of stand-up comedy.)
Making jokes about Barack Obama is the big test for political comedians these days, and like many, Smith did it mostly by talking around him. Obama could never get away with the kind of sexual shenanigans that Clinton did, he mused, because Michelle wouldn't stand for it: "She would impeach him herself!" Obama's election victory was inevitable the minute Oprah Winfrey endorsed him: "There's nothing bigger than Oprah. Oprah can do anything. 'Betcha can't make a black man President.' 'Watch me!' " The joke isn't Obama himself; it's the cultural shift and the country's reaction to it that he represents.
(Excerpt) Read more at time.com ...
Let’s face it. Comedians know they will get slammed for going after Obama and nearly all of them are cowards at heart.
Hussein IS a joke...
Sasha and Malia.
“But Obama, with his obvious smarts, low-key style and (most important) ability to catch the prevailing tone of irony and laugh at himself, has left the comics with little to hang their punch lines on.”
If he could laugh at himself, comedians wouldn’t be so worried being called racists!
Soooooooooooo lame. Did anyone even laugh at that?
You couldn’t get away with jokes about Hitler in Germany, either.
"What the heck were political comedians going to do? For eight years they had enjoyed a comedic gift from the gods in George W. Bush, whose bumbling presidency provided even richer material than the cartoonish excesses of the Clinton years. But Obama, with his obvious smarts, low-key style and..."
“I am the President”
“rising oceans stopped”
Add to those morsels his narcissist complex and megalomania, and there is a bottomless pit of ammo for humor. But most of the popular comedians today are commies too so why would they ridicule their master?
Red Eye w/ Greg Gutfeld, FNC, 3AM ET to see exactly how Obama can be made fun of nightly.
I've long maintained that the entertainment and news businesses are not about entertainment or news. They are just propaganda arms. Profits are not the point. Hearts and minds are the point.
...Time dances all around the elephant in the living room....you can’t poke fun at a black man in America....BUT....turn on BET and every standup comic there is ridiculing Whitey
No need to be racist. Declare Obama to be white!!
The best part of this is that they do not have to make jokes about “Mack Daddy the Zebra” because the entire world know that he already is a joke by himself.
If making jokes is bad because it’s somehow “racist”, then it’s just as “Racist” making jokes about a white president.
Normally, I wouldn’t think that your joke was funny, but gee whiz, that is extremely mild vis a vis statement about Palin’s kids.
The Charlton Heston as Moses with the rising oceans ads during the elections were good, especially the one showing the lame bodysurfing attempt.
Here is one they can use:
The post office came out with an obama stamp. People immediately started complaining that they did not stick to envelopes. So the PO commissioned a $2mill study only to find out that people were spitting on the wrong side.
It is amazing what cowards these entertainers are! So rigidly marching to the left’s narrow and concrete orders and staying within the fine line of what is allowable.
Tear down families, religion, the US but don’t make fun of blue-lipped president of the 57 States of this muslim nation.
Obama has bummbled more in the first 6 months than Bush.
Cowards supported by cowards.
Rush Limbaugh makes jokes about Obama day in, day out for three hours at a time. But I guess only liberal comedians count.
Sorry - I thought that was the Obama joke...
How many comedians living in venezuela make fun of hugo chaves or in cuba fidel castro?
Exactly. And for the same reason...
This seems to be the essence of the three page article: For the first time in history, there is a man about whom there is nothing to mock or make fun of. What a waste of time. That should be the new moniker for this useless rag: Waste of Time Magazine.
“A POTUS is having an afternoon rendezvous with a married woman, when her husband unexpectedly pulls up in the driveway...”
It’s Obama in Mom Jeans!
Now that’s funny :)
.....Obama could never get away with the kind of sexual shenanigans that Clinton did, he mused, because Michelle wouldn’t stand for it: “She would impeach him herself!”.....
Better..... “Because she would beat his bony Beige ass”
Ohhh! I thought the punchline was “because Clinton liked women!”
Well the city folks might not have a problem joking about Obama but I can guarantee you us out here are having no problem with it! Just listening to what goes on in the grocery line should give comediens a clue of what the people think is funny.