The editor-in-chief of Christian conservative satire site the Babylon Bee blasted liberal late-night comedians, arguing that they have replaced humor with “lecturing” as the left “increasingly” turns into “the party of self-righteous zealots.”
In the Saturday column for the National Review titled, “Samantha Bee Is Wrong about Comedy,” Kyle Mann wrote: “Over the last decade, late-night hosts across the board began to lay aside their relatable, everyman’s brand of comedy and pivot toward lecturing the crowd on their moral values.”
“They went from chasing laughter — no matter who the butt of the joke may have been — to chasing applause. The result has been anything but funny,” Mann railed.
Mann took particular aim at TBS’ “Full Frontal” host Samantha Bee – who has been a fierce critic of former President Donald Trump – for recently admitting that she has pulled back when it comes to making jokes about President Biden and his policies.
“Why would I purposefully undermine something that is, seems to be a great idea, pretty much across the board?” Bee explained.
But Mann hit back, saying Bee is the epitome of “what has gone wrong with leftist comedians.”
“They think the point of comedy is to make ‘really targeted jokes,’ to ‘undermine’ things, or to ‘target’ things they — and presumably their audience — disagree with,” Mann went on.
“If you find yourself unable to laugh at something, unable to find anything worthy of satire — especially in a politician like Joe Biden — you may be blinded by your own worldview. Good comedians set their point of view aside and write the best joke, the ‘point’ be damned.”
Instead, Mann said the political left “is increasingly the party of self-righteous zealots” and “disciples of a leftist religion that they cannot laugh about.”
“And it’s only getting worse as they internalize leftist ideas and find themselves unable to make fun of liberals without risking alienation or cancellation,” he continued.
Still, the conservative satirist admitted that conservatives “can be pretty bad at comedy.”
“Conservatives have tried and failed to put out good comedy shows and films to rival the late-night propaganda emanating from the left every weeknight,” he said.
“The problem with many of these attempts is that they were trying to make a point first and be funny second. No one wants the conservative Saturday Night Live or the Republican Jon Stewart (or the Christian Onion for that matter) — they want good comedy.”
And while Mann admitted that the Babylon Bee makes fun of the left more than the right, he insisted it doesn’t hold back on mocking the right.
“Yet at the same time, my favorite pieces to write are the ones that punch our audience square in the face, that call out the hypocrisy of the Right, that make fun of inconsistent living among Christians and our failure to live up to what we preach. I love satire that loves its target most of all,” he said.
But ultimately, Mann conceded, it is “up to us, the audience.”
“We have a choice when we hear jokes that criticize what we believe. We can chuckle and think, ‘I never thought about it that way,’ and maybe change for the better, or at least have a healthy and humble sense of humor about who we are,” he said.
“Or, we can choose to be offended, to cancel the comedians that would dare criticize our dogma and demand they be replaced with self-righteous moral lecturers who are preaching to the choir.”