Why Aren't There Any Good Conservative Comedians?
Conservative Credentials: Regular commentator on The O'Reilly Factor, appearances on Hannity & Colmes, self-described conservative Libertarian.
Bleeding Heart Factors: Pro-choice, pro-gay marriage, starred opposite Corey Feldman in Bordello of Blood (and was out-acted), almost single-handedly destroyed Monday Night Football.
Is He Funny?He was -- intermittently -- before 9/11, which appears to have scared the shit out of him more than actual residents of NYC. And the whole "obscure reference" thing wears thin after a while, even to someone who knows who Tova Borgnine is. Still performs in Vegas, but Mr. Miller Goes To Washington remains his career performance.
Well, that and Bordello of Blood.
The Blue Collar Comedy Dudes (Jeff Foxworthy, Bill Engvall, Larry the Cable Guy)
Conservative Credentials: Calling yourself "blue collar" anything is essentially a beacon for guys with those fake testicles hanging off their trailer hitch. Foxworthy's "You Might Be a Redneck" bit that he's been milking since Clinton's first term doesn't play well in New England.
Bleeding Heart Factors: All three have appeared on television and in the movies, which presumably means they've rubbed elbows with Jews and gays.
Are They Funny? I've chuckled once or twice at Engvall, but Larry the Cable Guy is about as humorous as a triple homicide in an orphanage.
Screw it, that's enough. The primary question (aside from why so many of these guys' names start with 'D') is: What's lacking here? Part of it is an absence of self-deprecation in so-called "conservative comedy." For me, the funniest stand-ups have heaped just as much abuse and scorn on themselves as their targets (to be fair, lefty David Cross has this problem as well). When Fox News attempted their disastrous answer to The Daily Show (The 1/2 Hour News Hour), they spent the whole time making fat jokes about Hillary Clinton and comparing Obama to Marion Berry (I guess because they're both in DC), not poking any fun at themselves.
But that's par for the course, really. Watch Fox, or listen to Rush Limbaugh for as long as you can stand to, and you'll realized none of these people can take it as well as they dish it out.
The other possibility? They're just not that funny. Re-watching these clips, it's hard not to give some credence to that argument as well.