Saturday, March 24, 2007

Courage of the Jester

Why is it that comedians have been so right, so cuttingly correct on the issues?

Why hasn't any political commentary in the last dozen or so years had the depth of Bill Maher's open contempt for the Bush/Cheney regime, the casual concern for Tony Snow's soul from Jon Stewart, or the mind-bending performance of Stephen Colbert at the 2006 White House Correspondents Dinner, who called out the George W. Bush and a complacent press corps to their face, plunging through his routine relentlessly in the face of a hostile audience, knowing that it would be hysterically funny to others. It's 24 minutes long, and one of the bravest bits of comedy I think I have ever seen. As Jon Stewart said later, "We've never been prouder of him, but holy shit!"

I have no good explanation for the lack of courage of others, but do check out these clips if you haven't seen them.


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