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That's Not Funny

Nonfiction: Politics
Unabridged   8.5 hour(s)
Publication date: 12/13/2022

That's Not Funny

How the Right Makes Comedy Work for Them

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Digital Download ISBN:9781696609333


A rousing call for liberals and progressives to pay attention to the emergence of right-wing comedy and the political power of humor.

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Product Description

A 2022 Best Comedy Book, Vulture

"Why do conservatives hate comedy? Why is there no right-wing Jon Stewart?" These sorts of questions launch a million tweets, a thousand op-eds, and more than a few scholarly analyses. That's Not Funny argues that it is both an intellectual and politically strategic mistake to assume that comedy has a liberal bias. Matt Sienkiewicz and Nick Marx take listeners—particularly self-described liberals—on a tour of contemporary conservative comedy and the "right-wing comedy complex."

In That's Not Funny, "complex" takes on an important double meaning. On the one hand, liberals have developed a social-psychological complex—it feels difficult, even dangerous, to acknowledge that their political opposition can produce comedy. At the same time, the right has been slowly building up a comedy-industrial complex, utilizing the irony-laden media strategies of liberals such as Jon Stewart, Samantha Bee, and John Oliver to garner audiences and supporters. Right-wing comedy has been hiding in plain sight, finding its way into mainstream conservative media through figures ranging from Fox News's Greg Gutfeld to libertarian podcasters like Joe Rogan. That's Not Funny taps interviews with conservative comedians and observations of them in action to guide listeners through media history, text, and technique.

Author Bio

Matt Sienkiewicz is associate professor and chair of the Boston College Communication Department. Nick Marx is associate professor of film and media studies in the Department of Communication Studies at Colorado State University.