Funny conservatives - VIDEO
The lackluster response to FOX News' Half Hour News Hour and the continued popularity of The Daily Show and The Colbert Report have led many to conclude that liberals are funny, and conservatives are not.
I say that's a load of hogwash. It's not about being liberal, conservative, libertarian, or whatever else you happen to be. It's about being funny, or not being funny. To paraphrase something comic Doug Stanhope once told me during an interview: 'if you're good, and you're funny, you can find work.'
That's it. You want to be a stand up comic? Be funny. You want to make a funny TV show people will love? Then make a funny TV show people will love.
All that being said, here are three funny conservatives I admire, not because they're conservative, but because they make me laugh:
Michael J. Nelson: Nelson took over as host of Mystery Science Theater 3000 after series creator Joel Hodgson left the show, but rabid fanatics like myself know that Nelson had always been a part of the show, both as head writer and in various "guest roles." Below, see Nelson playing Morrisey in a classic clip from the series. God, how I miss this show.
Larry Miller: Aside from his stand-up specials from years ago and an occasional guest role on television, Miller is probably better known for his roles in Christopher Guest movies like Waiting for Guffman and Best in Show. I think he's one of the funniest and smartest improv actors next to Fred Willard.
Ben Stein: Out of these three, Stein is probably the most well-known conservative and the most unapologetic. I suppose being a speech writer for Richard Nixon might have something to do with that. Still, the man is deadpan funny, and Win Ben Stein's Money was one of the best game shows ever: not only was it a great concept, but Stein seemed to really hate losing, which made it all the more worth watching.