Video: Crowder explains modern comedy

posted at 8:48 am on April 22, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

Like Allahpundit, I hesitated to comment on the Wonkette scandal regarding their execrable commentary on Trig Palin, mainly because I find them execrable on a normal day anyway.  To quote former Arizona Cardinals head coach Denny Green, “They are who we thought they were!”  Why give them any further oxygen by pointing out that they’re creepy juveniles with no taste or perspective at all?  I could also post that water is wet all day long, too.

But if I was going to say something about it, I would want to say what Steven Crowder says in his latest video:

Steven also wrote an opinion piece on the subject for Fox News, extending his remarks:

I’m still waiting for the days where other fellow comedians are willing to take this kind of bold approach to the current administration. I certainly would never condone these kinds of deplorable attacks on the Obama children, but unlike their “assault in flock” patterns on the Palin family, I’ve yet to see comedians even attempt to attack the president’s ideas.

Barack and Michelle are the ones in the White House, so wouldn’t a few digs their way be slightly more, well, relevant?

Ooooh, I get it. That would require the testicular fortitude to step out and take an actual risk. Nevermind. Just keep taking potshots at a one-year-old special needs infant.

Cowards.

Indeed.  Because if you have no talent and nothing significant to say, the only way to hide it is to shock people.  And if one doesn’t have the cojones to train their satiric sights on the powerful and popular, then the obvious target is a special-needs toddler who can’t fight back.


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I think Iowahawk ‘splains it nicely, too.

apostic on April 22, 2011 at 8:51 AM

Because if you have no talent and nothing significant to say, the only way to hide it is to shock people.

That explains most “comedians” these days.

rbj on April 22, 2011 at 8:59 AM

Remind me never to get this guy pissed at me.

Just A Grunt on April 22, 2011 at 9:00 AM

The left:

THEY love women………..yet they support abortions that have killed over 20 million of them since 1973.

THEY love minorities……yet they call them “WEEDS” and work overtime to ensure that they are killed int the womb by the millions.

THEY love the “working poor”…..yet they continue to offer $$$$ for their slaving obedience and votes.

THEY must not be questioned, their motives are pure.

PappyD61 on April 22, 2011 at 9:02 AM

The more they attack her, the stronger she gets….

idesign on April 22, 2011 at 9:03 AM

That explains most “comedians” these days.

rbj on April 22, 2011 at 8:59 AM

Meh… Louis C.K. is an unfunny ginger.

He can’t even break out of the club scene and Comedy Central roasts.

tetriskid on April 22, 2011 at 9:03 AM

I agree with Crowder.

When I read this classless tripe, as the father of a special 24 year old daughter, I almost threw my computer monitor out the window. There are certain things that writers, who have any sense of decorum at all, will not write about. The under-age children of a political figure is one of them. Our special or challenged Americans are another.

kingsjester on April 22, 2011 at 9:05 AM

Which is why the passing of the great Sam Kinnison was so terrible, he would be tearing PBHO limb from limb and “Ahh AHHHHHHHHH’ing!” over the sundered carcass.

Bishop on April 22, 2011 at 9:06 AM

This is by far the best piece I’ve seen from Crowder.

gh on April 22, 2011 at 9:07 AM

What more can they say about her and her family. They got nothin’ but empty souls.

Kissmygrits on April 22, 2011 at 9:10 AM

Great video.

Also, Simon Cowell would be proud jealous of that T-shirt and the way it fits.

fossten on April 22, 2011 at 9:10 AM

Who is the Wonketters audience?Druggies,failures,welfare kids,a few college dupes?Most Americans would punch them in the mouth if they were near when one of them spouted out this trash.

docflash on April 22, 2011 at 9:11 AM

This is why I stopped supporting the USO. They gave credibility to Kathy Griffin, who is just as vile a Palin hater. There are many other organizations that help our soldiers (Operation Gratitude, Wounded Warriors) that are grateful for my donations.

ctmom on April 22, 2011 at 9:18 AM

Man, that Louis C.K. is one nasty ahole. Jeebus….what he said about Palin giving birth to Trig. O_o

Bishop on April 22, 2011 at 9:19 AM

Funny when Comedians treat a special needs child as the President and the President as a special needs child….

Caper29 on April 22, 2011 at 9:19 AM

Good on Crowder, an excellent piece. It takes an especially noxious kind of sleaze to take cheap shots at any toddler, let alone a special needs one. It’s a rare liberal indeed who doesn’t make me sick.

CantCureStupid on April 22, 2011 at 9:20 AM

Steven Crowder is so cuuuuuute!

Lothar on April 22, 2011 at 9:28 AM

I heart Steven Crowder.

Remember when comedians were funny? Compare:

Lucille Ball
Phyllis Diller
Carol Burnett
Tina Fey?

Naturally Curly on April 22, 2011 at 9:28 AM

ctmom on April 22, 2011 at 9:18 AM

Thanks, I didn’t realize that about the USO. I wouldn’t mind if Griffin were just a liberal, like most entertainers are, but she’s a vile nasty sub-human.

juliesa on April 22, 2011 at 9:28 AM

Wonkette editor Ken Layne’s been foaming at the mouth against conservatives since the middle of 2003, after his shock over the 9/11 attacks wore off. So for this to come out under his watch is pretty much as surprising as the sun coming up in the east every morning.

As for Louie C.K., he and other ‘edgy’ comedians are no different than the gutless Republican pols in Washington who were scared to death of going after Obama in the wake of the 2008 election (and some are still reluctant) out of fear that they’re going to have a race card played on them. The only permissible comedy that doesn’t threaten their TV or movie deals is the kind that attacks Obama from the left, for not moving fast enough on his changes. But even that’s only allowed to be used sparingly, and when push comes to shove, the cutting edge humorists turn into Chris Crocker doing his “Leave Brittany Alone!” routine.

jon1979 on April 22, 2011 at 9:32 AM

juliesa on April 22, 2011 at 9:28 AM

Yes, I don’t know what the USO were thinking. But our good soldiers would have none of it.

http://tinyurl.com/253qcn4

ctmom on April 22, 2011 at 9:35 AM

Jackie Gleason
Bob Newhart
Johnny Carson
Gilbert Gottfried?

Naturally Curly on April 22, 2011 at 9:35 AM

Because if you have no talent and nothing significant to say, the only way to hide it is to shock people.

What bugs me is that Shock Jock celebrities have an audience that find this talentless shock entertaining.

shick on April 22, 2011 at 9:35 AM

Which is why the passing of the great Sam Kinnison was so terrible, he would be tearing PBHO limb from limb and “Ahh AHHHHHHHHH’ing!” over the sundered carcass.

Bishop on April 22, 2011 at 9:06 AM

THIS. What’s sad is that no one has really followed his lead.

Great vid by Crowder.

MadisonConservative on April 22, 2011 at 9:37 AM

Waiting for NARAL and NOW to defend Palin…/s

shick on April 22, 2011 at 9:38 AM

Naturally Curly on April 22, 2011 at 9:35 AM

Newhart doesn’t get nearly enough credit, and I’ve never heard him pick on toddlers or the handicapped.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P0SICqoBevs

Laura in Maryland on April 22, 2011 at 9:40 AM

Great vid by Crowder.

nickj116 on April 22, 2011 at 9:41 AM

Funny when Comedians treat a special needs child as the President and the President as a special needs child….

Caper29 on April 22, 2011 at 9:19 AM

Winner!

tencole on April 22, 2011 at 9:45 AM

Kathy Griffin comes to mind. Have we as a society become so inured to hate and meanness that whole crowds can not only sit through a Kathy Griffin show but even laugh? And I’m talking about real hate and real meanness, not like earlier when Republicans suggested to cut the rate of growth of social programs, or now as they try to keep the country from driving off the proverbial fiscal cliff.

Paul-Cincy on April 22, 2011 at 9:54 AM

I compare this anti-Palin tripe to the old fashioned stuff that still makes me howl, like Harvey Korman trying desperately not to laugh while Tim Conway was working a comedy skit.

Bishop on April 22, 2011 at 9:57 AM

Nothing surprises me much anymore with the Far Left. Crowder has put together a great presentation, and I for one, found it effective.

And that is also the reason why Palin is still considered a threat to the Left. If she can draw headlines and move the national debate with a single Facebook entry or Tweet, imagine what she could do with the full power of the Presidency.

This is what the statists fear the most. And people wonder why Palin supporters are as passionate as they are.

itzWicks on April 22, 2011 at 9:59 AM

The left:

THEY love women………..yet they support abortions that have killed over 20 million of them since 1973.

PappyD61 on April 22, 2011 at 9:02 AM

I’ll do you one better.

For years, the Left has conducted anti-pornography crusades, claiming that such adult entertainment exploits and demeans women.

Some of these groups were quite radical (see WAP in NYC in the 1970s and 1980s).

In 2011, there are anti-pornography groups on Facebook.

But where was the outroar from these people in 2008, when Democrat Larry Flynt made an adult video, which later spurred several sequels, that starred a Sarah Palin lookalike? It was called “Who’s Nailin’ Palin”.

Nope, no double standard there, kids.

Del Dolemonte on April 22, 2011 at 10:01 AM

Liberals are abject cowards

Bevan on April 22, 2011 at 10:02 AM

This is why I stopped supporting the USO. They gave credibility to Kathy Griffin, who is just as vile a Palin hater. There are many other organizations that help our soldiers (Operation Gratitude, Wounded Warriors) that are grateful for my donations.

ctmom on April 22, 2011 at 9:18 AM

While I agree about Kathy Griffin, the USO has made my husband’s deployment easier on us both. The phone banks they are providing overseas are a great gift to the family of service members. I’m not going to let one women stop me from helping continuing this gift. He is also a big fan of the cookies. :)

sammypants on April 22, 2011 at 10:05 AM

Crowder is right on.

Comedy is about laughing at human fallibility and there are two directions this can go. We can laugh at ourselves or others. I like Brian Regan.

shick on April 22, 2011 at 10:08 AM

Actually Wonkette and Gawker provide some useful services.

First, they concentrate some really ugly (and I don’t mean physically, although Steuf seems to fit the bill) characters in one place, and gives them something relatively non-destructive to do. Who knows what mischief they would be up to if they weren’t busy revealing the cesspools that serve in place of their souls online? It also makes them easier to locate, to isolate, and to quarantine.

Second, they can help to identify people that aren’t worth your time. Anyone who self-identifies as a fan of either of these un-limed outhouses is unlikely to be worth a nanosecond of your valuable time.

novaculus on April 22, 2011 at 10:09 AM

I recently went to watch a liberal comic and was shocked by the complete lack of joke telling. Everything was just a statement about how stupid Republicans/Christians/women were. The crowd hooted and hollered. I sat pretty much mute in the first row and he noticed. He was a lonely, angry, bitter man with stupid elbow patches on his jacket that were supposed to make him look smart so we would all laugh and go along with what he had to say. I bought opening acts shirt right in front of him and it felt great. I’m pretty sure his stack hadn’t been touched. And they wonder why Air America failed.

sammypants on April 22, 2011 at 10:09 AM

Thanks for the feedback folks. The Palin debate is often an ugly one, even among Conservatives. Glad to see that politics aside, we can all agree on common decency.

…I just wrote that without pants.

StevenCrowder on April 22, 2011 at 10:10 AM

There is a special friend of mine who was telling a meeting of special friends about his job at a special work place and his closing comment about his job was “It’s a great place. Where else can you get paid to make new friends?”
I feel sorry for the poor life these so called comedians lead who attack Trig that they can’t know the love for their fellow man that Trig has ingrained in him.

Herb on April 22, 2011 at 10:11 AM

I compare this anti-Palin tripe to the old fashioned stuff that still makes me howl, like Harvey Korman trying desperately not to laugh while Tim Conway was working a comedy skit.

Bishop on April 22, 2011 at 9:57 AM

I’m on Youtube right now. Thank you for those names.

MadisonConservative on April 22, 2011 at 10:16 AM

Which is why the passing of the great Sam Kinnison was so terrible, he would be tearing PBHO limb from limb and “Ahh AHHHHHHHHH’ing!” over the sundered carcass.

Bishop on April 22, 2011 at 9:06 AM

*snif* Oh, you are sooo right.

Sekhmet on April 22, 2011 at 10:22 AM

I compare this anti-Palin tripe to the old fashioned stuff that still makes me howl, like Harvey Korman trying desperately not to laugh while Tim Conway was working a comedy skit.

Bishop on April 22, 2011 at 9:57 AM

Bill Cosby. Routines on parenting. Suggestion: Don’t watch/listen if you have just given birth like I did. I thought I was gonna rip a stitch.

Sekhmet on April 22, 2011 at 10:24 AM

And they wonder why Air America failed.

sammypants on April 22, 2011 at 10:09 AM

If you’re yearning for a taste of Air America, Senator Al Franken is on Minnesota Public Radio for a whole hour today, from 9am to 10am CT.

An entire hour with a politician. When was the last time you heard a politician on a radio show for that long?

Just tuned in. Standard talking points: Clinton had surplus, Bush squandered it (no mention of Dot Com bubble bursting or 9/11), etc etc.

strictnein on April 22, 2011 at 10:28 AM

strictnein on April 22, 2011 at 10:28 AM

Wow. Did you lose a bet or something? I’d have better things to do than listen, like clean toilets.

Sekhmet on April 22, 2011 at 10:32 AM

strictnein on April 22, 2011 at 10:28 AM

Oh my, the host is actually not as friendly as I thought she’d be.

“Didn’t Democrats also vote for the Bush tax cuts and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan?”

Holy cow, Franken is being exceedingly defensive, he won’t even agree that Ryan’s plan doesn’t really affect those 55+.

She calls Franken on his lies about Ryan’s plan Medicare. I guess he told seniors that Ryan’s plan “ends medicare as we know it” and he won’t admit that was “hyperbole”.

Anyways, really off topic, but it’s clear that Franken was expecting a tongue bath and isn’t getting one.

strictnein on April 22, 2011 at 10:35 AM

Comedian Steve Bridges as President George W. Bush was a huge hit, was on all the networks and talk shows, and even did the White House.

Comedian Steve Bridges as the Bamster, -blacklisted.

slickwillie2001 on April 22, 2011 at 10:36 AM

Sekhmet on April 22, 2011 at 10:32 AM

Well, he’s one of my senators, and it’s opposition research, or something.

strictnein on April 22, 2011 at 10:37 AM

Comedian Ross Bennett nailed it–Why You Can’t Mock Obama.

Christien on April 22, 2011 at 10:45 AM

Nice work Steven. But this:

Just keep taking potshots at a one-year-old special needs infant.

I think he just turned three. :)

alwaysfiredup on April 22, 2011 at 11:10 AM

shick on April 22, 2011 at 10:08 AM

Thank you, truly. I haven’t laughed that hard in a long time.

rrpjr on April 22, 2011 at 11:25 AM

Thanks for the feedback folks. The Palin debate is often an ugly one, even among Conservatives. Glad to see that politics aside, we can all agree on common decency.

…I just wrote that without pants.

StevenCrowder on April 22, 2011 at 10:10 AM

Pfft!!
(Is that really you, Steven??)

Great video, although I liked the article even better. Very hard hitting. And thanks for pointing out the abuse that her supporters take, too.

theotherone on April 22, 2011 at 11:32 AM

Dennis Miller.

Cindy Munford on April 22, 2011 at 12:06 PM

I don’t understand the hate of anyone one person for another that would generate this kind of thing. I would love to know how these folks’ moms feel about this. I would kick my kid’s hindquarters till their nose bleeds.

Cindy Munford on April 22, 2011 at 12:13 PM

If I ever ran into one of those turds on the street I’d give them a knuckle sandwich.

tommer74 on April 22, 2011 at 12:45 PM

…I just wrote that without pants.

StevenCrowder on April 22, 2011 at 10:10 AM

Fair enough. I just read it without pants. Which is kind of a long story since I’m at work.

Great article, I’ll have to catch the video at home since it won’t play at work.

I still can’t fathom the type of soul-bleaching hatred someone has to have to justify in their own minds ridiculing a toddler with Down’s Syndrome.

DrAllecon on April 22, 2011 at 12:54 PM

Jackie Gleason
Bob Newhart
Johnny Carson
Gilbert Gottfried?

Naturally Curly on April 22, 2011 at 9:35 AM

I’ve seen a bunch of comedians in my time, but Gilbert Gottfried is the only none I’ve walked out on. He was truly so awful we couldn’t sit thru it. We’re talkin Charlie Sheen Torpedo of Truth awful. I wasn’t really offended, he just sucked.

And about Kathy Griffin (NSFE, not safe for eyes), she’s got no business making fun of someone else, especially an attractive female.

ornery_independent on April 22, 2011 at 12:58 PM

Dennis Miller.

Cindy Munford on April 22, 2011 at 12:06 PM

Drew Carey

ornery_independent on April 22, 2011 at 1:09 PM

Funny when Comedians treat a special needs child as the President and the President as a special needs child….

Caper29 on April 22, 2011 at 9:19 AM

That’s an awesomely funny line. It’s funny (and horribly, horribly sad) because it’s true.

DrAllecon on April 22, 2011 at 1:16 PM

Comedians are like … porn stars.

They try to make points?

Dr. Charles G. Waugh on April 22, 2011 at 1:27 PM

ornery_independent on April 22, 2011 at 1:09 PM

Yep, he is also a gentleman.

Cindy Munford on April 22, 2011 at 1:35 PM

…I just wrote that without pants.

StevenCrowder on April 22, 2011 at 10:10 AM

I can’t recall having ever used pants to write anything, so, color me unimpressed….

with the lack of pants-writing, that is. The video itself was good.

JadeNYU on April 22, 2011 at 2:33 PM

Thanks for the feedback folks. The Palin debate is often an ugly one, even among Conservatives. Glad to see that politics aside, we can all agree on common decency.

…I just wrote that without pants.

StevenCrowder on April 22, 2011 at 10:10 AM

Steven Crowder reads Hot Air! How cool is that?

We are not worthy! We are not worthy!

(Seriously, thanks for that excellent article and video. Hope to see you again ’round these parts!)

Mary in LA on April 22, 2011 at 2:35 PM

I love Crowder. I want to take him home and make him my squishy.

Jewels on April 22, 2011 at 3:55 PM

I think some people misunderstand. The Wonkette thing wasn’t meant to be funny. It was meant to drive hits to a web page. John Dvorak may have been one of the pioneers of this, stating at one point he knew if he said something scandalous about the Mac, he’d get two articles that would be hit-generating machines. The initial article with all the expected “feedback”, and a second article about how vicious those Mac fanatics were (those of you not old enough to have lived through the Mac/PC web wars have no idea what I’m talking about).

But even in that regard, the Wonkette piece went way over the line. So I’d agree with Ed. Read about it anywhere other than Wonkette -Don’t feed the beast.

taznar on April 22, 2011 at 4:22 PM

LMAO!

Well done (again) Mr. Crowder.

Tim_CA on April 22, 2011 at 5:47 PM

Steven Crowder reads Hot Air! How cool is that?

We are not worthy! We are not worthy!

(Seriously, thanks for that excellent article and video. Hope to see you again ’round these parts!)

Of course I read HotAir! One of the greatest sites on the web. Thanks for the support amigo.

StevenCrowder on April 22, 2011 at 6:58 PM

I don’t know if anyone pointed this out yet (as fascinating as you’s are, I don’t feel like slogging through 3 pages of comments), but in Canada a comic was just ordered to pay $15,000 to a lesbian who he put down from stage after she heckled him.

Here’s a link (that includes links to Mark Steyns overview of the case

Great job, Mr. Crowder!

Johnny 100 Pesos on April 22, 2011 at 9:50 PM