Magazine July 9, 2018, Issue

Comedy Platform

Samantha Bee (YouTube screengrab via "Full Frontal With Samantha Bee")

Some on the left have long bragged and some on the right have long lamented that “there is no such thing as conservative comedy.” But I’ve never really bought that.

There’s plenty of mainstream comedy, for instance, that’s rooted in small-“c” conservatism, or at least its close cousins traditionalism and fogeyism — from the good ol’ boys in the Blue Collar Comedy troupe to successful get-off-my-lawn sitcoms such as Tim Allen’s Last Man Standing or Matt LeBlanc’s Man with a Plan. And for ten overlapping years, the funniest characters on 30 Rock and Parks and Rec, two sitcoms whose heroines

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