The Right’s Idea of Funny

Much of the political world is still buzzing about the entertainment meltdown at Saturday’s Republican Leadership Conference event in New Orleans, where an Obama impersonator named Reggie Brown made some “racially tinged” jokes and took some embarrassing shots at GOP leaders before being unceremoniously escorted off stage before his routine was over.

Watching the video, what made me cringe was not so much that Brown’s jokes, delivered before a nearly all-white audience, were in bad taste, though they were. It’s that so many of them were just plain bad (“My mother loved a black man and, no, she was not a Kardashian.”). The guy does a hell of an Obama impression, but he’s simply not that funny. And that’s something the organizers of Saturday’s event, had they a decent sense of humor, could have known in advance by watching a few of his YouTube clips, like this one

It’s often noted that there’s far less comedic talent on the right these days than on the left (and when conservatives do try to compete with the likes of The Daily Show and the Colbert Report, they produce flops like Fox’s The Half Hour News Hour).

The right’s inability to produce good comedy apparently extends to an inability to judge it.

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Paul Glastris

Paul Glastris is the editor in chief of the Washington Monthly. He was an editor at the magazine from 1986 to 1988.