I just listened to the most not funny comedy podcast of all time, hosted by someone who definitely thinks they’re a comedian. And this couldn’t be funny to anyone ever. This host, like all people who consider themselves apolitical or centrist very transparently holds reactionary views, that’s not why they’re not funny and more importantly not an artist though. They’re not funny because they’re understanding of the world is so lacking, and the few things they genuinely believe in are so substance-less that they literally can’t be funny. And the reason I’ve reached the conclusion that Centrists are incapable of being successfully comedic or entertaining or artistic is because there are reactionary and straight up fascist comedians who sadly are successful on some level.
The first example that comes to mind is probably one of the best I can use, literally fascist Sam Hyde. He is a terrible person with a disgusting world view that needs to be combated at all turns. He’s also capable of being funny. And I think literal fascist Sam Hyde can be genuinely comedic because his disturbingly warped and dangerous world view is actually fuller than that of someone who considers themselves apolitical.
And on the opposite end of the spectrum there’s an endless amount of Left of Center and straight up Leftist comedians.
I doubt I’m the first person to think about this though, so I’d love to read or watch or listen to any recommendations anyone has on the politics of humor or anything related to this.