Video: The next conservative comedy show

posted at 6:41 pm on August 8, 2014 by Allahpundit

To cleanse the palate at the end of a long, grim week. The name of the show didn’t ring a bell when I watched the clip but then I saw this blog post on the official site and remembered. Frank Rich did indeed mention it back in May in his piece on whether conservatives can be funny. Here’s what Rich wrote — as excerpted by “The Flipside” team:

This fall, another stand-up, Michael Loftus, is planning to take a fresh shot at a conservative-comedy news show—a syndicated half-hour titled The Flipside. The pilot has been posted online, and in it, as well as in his regular act, Loftus comes off as genial and smart [...]

And here’s the full passage from Rich’s piece:

This fall, another stand-up, Michael Loftus, is planning to take a fresh shot at a conservative-comedy news show—a syndicated half-hour titled The Flipside. The pilot has been posted online, and in it, as well as in his regular act, Loftus comes off as genial and smart, if not in possession of a rapier wit. (Sample one-liner: “Jay Z complaining about income inequality is like Honey Boo Boo saying television just ain’t what it used to be.”) His interview guest on the pilot is Larry Elder, a black conservative most recently famous for having defended both Donald Sterling and Cliven Bundy. There’s a joke there somewhere, but not one likely to turn up on The Flipside.

I’m not going to form a firm opinion based on one clip or one episode (here’s the pilot) but this does look to be another conservative comedy show where the hook is the conservatism, not the comedy. Most of the targets are familiar too, a problem that also plagued “The Half-Hour News Hour.” One of the things that makes “Red Eye” a rare mainstream success in conservative humor is that the targets are always fresh — necessarily so, as the show runs nightly and is designed as a free-fire zone for riffing on the day’s news. I keep waiting for Fox News to give Gutfeld and Andy Levy a shot at a real late-night show (not a late late late-night show, as “Red Eye” is), but I suppose the demographics won’t support it. Fox’s audience is grandmas and grandpas; “Red Eye” is pitched at viewers at least 25 years younger. Imagine segueing from Hannity talking about America’s declining values to Gutfeld et al. debating the merits of weed.

But hope springs eternal. Right, Howard Stern?

Update: “Flipside” executive producer Matt Sheffield sends along this e-mail in response:

That clip is ancient history. To judge a comedy show by material that was written nearly a year ago is naive. Comedy has a short shelf-life. People who work in the business know not to judge a book by its cover. That is even more true of a current event show’s trailer.

The Flipside – Sizzle Reel from Maestro on Vimeo.


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One of the things that makes “Red Eye” a rare mainstream success in conservative humor is that the targets are always fresh — necessarily so, as the show runs nightly and is designed as a free-fire zone for riffing on the day’s news.

Mainstream success? You’re reaching.

lowandslow on August 8, 2014 at 6:47 PM

..whoa boy, slow down there…

Nice to see an attempt at conservative humor but it will fail, too many brainwashed hipsters won’t find it funny..hell, I’m conservative and I thought it was kinda annoying :)

celt on August 8, 2014 at 6:56 PM

The Flipside – Sizzle Reel from Maestro on Vimeo.

That wasn’t very good. I wish I could say otherwise. Comedy is usually best when it completely avoids politics and sticks to bringing the laughs.

sharrukin on August 8, 2014 at 6:57 PM

The next conservative comedy show

John McCain Live?

Stoic Patriot on August 8, 2014 at 6:58 PM

Well I made it for nine minutes, good lord was that bad.

lowandslow on August 8, 2014 at 6:59 PM

I’m not going to form a firm opinion based on one clip or one episode (here’s the pilot) but this does look to be another conservative comedy show where the hook is the conservatism, not the comedy.
-Allahpundit

That’s pretty much it. They are promoting this thing solely as a conservative answer to other late night comedians. Dumb idea. Even the name “Flipside” shows that they’re defining themselves in terms of the others. Just be funny. Be conservative. The conservative audience will find you, and the show will seem more accessible to people who aren’t already necessarily predisposed to disliking the liberal slant in so much mainstream entertainment.

bluegill on August 8, 2014 at 6:59 PM

I think a show needs to be a conservative leaning commentary show that happens to be funny rather than a funny show that happens to lean conservative.

corkie on August 8, 2014 at 7:03 PM

If you think this was bad wait until you watch bluegilltv.

RickB on August 8, 2014 at 7:05 PM

Wow – it’s awful – really awful. How could anyone watch something like this?

Pork-Chop on August 8, 2014 at 7:06 PM

Imagine segueing from Hannity talking about America’s declining values to Gutfeld et al. debating the merits of weed.

Now that would be quite interesting.

cat_owner on August 8, 2014 at 7:09 PM

This is horrible. The O’Reilly Factor is actually funnier than this. Unintentionally, but funnier nonetheless.

Mark1971 on August 8, 2014 at 7:10 PM

You can’t beat people over the head with the political angle. You have to work it on more subtly, which requires a lot more talent than what we see here.

Mark1971 on August 8, 2014 at 7:11 PM

We should have our own version of the Daily Show with Greg Gutfield.

Raquel Pinkbullet on August 8, 2014 at 7:11 PM

That wasn’t very good. I wish I could say otherwise. Comedy is usually best when it completely avoids politics and sticks to bringing the laughs.

sharrukin on August 8, 2014 at 6:57 PM

Only way to ever win the culture war is to play by the left’s game and show conservative ideas in a positive light, like Red Eye does.

Breibart taught us that.

Raquel Pinkbullet on August 8, 2014 at 7:13 PM

If TV stations are looking for Conservative content, it is time to create a regular show for Alfonzo Rachel & his Zonation.

ZoNation with Alfonzo Rachel: The Democratic Party’s Long History of Racism

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vb6Hv4nJ40U

wren on August 8, 2014 at 7:14 PM

Only way to ever win the culture war is to play by the left’s game and show conservative ideas in a positive light, like Red Eye does.

Raquel Pinkbullet on August 8, 2014 at 7:13 PM

That doesn’t make the show funny.

A comedy show should be funny, and this one isn’t.

sharrukin on August 8, 2014 at 7:16 PM

Remember the HBO show from the 80′s called Not Necessarily The News? Doing something like that with a conservative tilt would be cool.

Mark1971 on August 8, 2014 at 7:16 PM

We should have our own version of the Daily Show with Greg Gutfield.

Conservative get hammered for not being funny and for the most part it’s true. I’ll also argue that the left isn’t funny either, The Daily Show, The Colbert Report, etc. are just as unfunny and painful to watch as this show or Red Eye. Leftist youth are basically cultist though, if the tribe insists you much watch and applaud, they’ll dutifully do it.

lowandslow on August 8, 2014 at 7:18 PM

That wasn’t very good. I wish I could say otherwise. Comedy is usually best when it completely avoids politics and sticks to bringing the laughs.

sharrukin on August 8, 2014 at 6:57 PM

You’ve never seen Mark Russell.

RickB on August 8, 2014 at 7:19 PM

Most of the radio personalities are intentionally funny. They are better comedians by far than most of the self described comedians.

Any regular listener of Rush Limbaugh will tell you that his comic genius part of the reason they listen.

Savage is funny(when he is not insecure and uncomfortable bragging about himself without a hint of irony -or claiming so and so stole his catch phrase…).
I hate Medved but he can be very funny with his brand of insult comedy.
Ingraham is funny.
OReily is an Allahpundit style repub and he is not funny so maybe that’s what AP was thinking. In fact, no moderate republican is funny. They are all “stick up the behind” not funny.

Also on TV
Coulter (another one I’m not big a fan of) can be hilarious.

And outside of radio/tv -
Burge is a genius. Rameriz is a genius.

All of those I mentioned are funnier off the cuff than John Stewart is with a team of writers. And they all have a bigger audience.

I can’t think of any good left wing comedy(???) can you? Most comedy that people find funny is NOT political so I’m not sure what you are comparing right-wing comedy to.

BoxHead1 on August 8, 2014 at 7:20 PM

You’ve never seen Mark Russell.

He went after both sides and a lot of his humor was based on his style and delivery. But I got to admit some his jokes were pure gold.

lowandslow on August 8, 2014 at 7:21 PM

How could I forget – AllahPundit if funny. He is a comic genius.

BoxHead1 on August 8, 2014 at 7:22 PM

I wanted very much to laugh, but I didn’t. I don’t want explicitly “conservative” comedians. I just want comedians who happen to be conservatives. Entertainers on the right always seem to ruin everything with their lack of subtlety.

Cash on August 8, 2014 at 7:22 PM

You’ve never seen Mark Russell.

RickB on August 8, 2014 at 7:19 PM

I have and he was good. Most don’t have that talent.

Most of the time however the comedian lets the message overwhelm the entertainment value. They all too often do the same in movies and TV where ‘The Message’ just hits you over the head.

I don’t want to be preached to when I am trying to entertain myself.

sharrukin on August 8, 2014 at 7:26 PM

And outside of radio/tv -
Burge is a genius. Rameriz is a genius.

ace at AoSHQ can deliver some hilarious stuff in writing when he puts his mind to it. What surprises me about him is that he carries the podcast they put out, funny and has a great style in talking.
And let’s face it, disagree with his politics and punditry or not, one of the only reasons Hot Air has been so successful is Allahpundit. He can really bring the funny when he wants.

lowandslow on August 8, 2014 at 7:28 PM

Conservative get hammered for not being funny and for the most part it’s true. I’ll also argue that the left isn’t funny either, The Daily Show, The Colbert Report, etc. are just as unfunny and painful to watch as this show or Red Eye. Leftist youth are basically cultist though, if the tribe insists you much watch and applaud, they’ll dutifully do it.

lowandslow on August 8, 2014 at 7:18 PM

A conservative show that mocks liberals (a la Daily Show) WOULD NEVER run out of material and it would be funny.

And conservatives are WAYYYYYYY funnier than liberals.

Raquel Pinkbullet on August 8, 2014 at 7:29 PM

One of the things that makes “Red Eye” a rare mainstream success in conservative humor is that the targets are always fresh —

Mainstream success at 0 dark thirty? I’m not so sure I agree with that definition of success- not that I wouldn’t love to see the show bump Shep or something.

Happy Nomad on August 8, 2014 at 7:29 PM

That doesn’t make the show funny.

A comedy show should be funny, and this one isn’t.

sharrukin on August 8, 2014 at 7:16 PM

And I wasn’t referring to this show. We have plenty of really funny conservative comedians.

Did you see Evan Sayet?

http://eaglerising.com/7660/comedian-rips-liberals-awesome-stand-routine/

Raquel Pinkbullet on August 8, 2014 at 7:32 PM

I know he’s not everyone’s cup of tea, but I’ve always loved Dennis Miller — all the more after he became more outspokenly conservative following 9/11.

ShainS on August 8, 2014 at 7:33 PM

one of the only reasons Hot Air has been so successful is Allahpundit. He can really bring the funny when he wants.

lowandslow on August 8, 2014 at 7:28 PM

Of course, Allahpundit is funny.

But various Hot Air Commenters should get credit for providing lots of good laughs too.

wren on August 8, 2014 at 7:34 PM

And conservatives are WAYYYYYYY funnier than liberals.

Raquel Pinkbullet on August 8, 2014 at 7:29 PM

Conservatives as a whole have a much better sense of humor. You can see that in comment section of the political blogs, but in the media or comedy profession? We don’t really have any talent. I know you think Gutfield is funny but he really isn’t. He has a moment once and a while but for the most part it’s pretty uncomfortable watching him. I’m actually surprised at the success he does have.

lowandslow on August 8, 2014 at 7:36 PM

And outside of radio/tv -
Burge is a genius. Rameriz is a genius.

BoxHead1 on August 8, 2014 at 7:20 PM

Agreed.

And (albeit, he guest hosts for Rush on occasion) Mark Steyn is a genius and wickedly funny …

ShainS on August 8, 2014 at 7:36 PM

ace at AoSHQ can deliver some hilarious stuff in writing when he puts his mind to it. What surprises me about him is that he carries the podcast they put out, funny and has a great style in talking.
And let’s face it, disagree with his politics and punditry or not, one of the only reasons Hot Air has been so successful is Allahpundit. He can really bring the funny when he wants.
lowandslow on August 8, 2014 at 7:28 PM

I agree.

Allahpundit, why don’t you put your writing talent into a comedy show effort? Have you ever thought about branching out?

Allahpundit is obviously well connected, so why doesn’t he try to lead some kind of similar effort. Breitbart was always looking for new ways to promote the conservative cause and counter the left. Malkin likewise.

Allahpundit, you need to spread your gifts to a wider audience. I am being serious. You should step it up and be a doer instead of someone who just remarks on what others are doing. You could leave a greater mark and have more influence.

bluegill on August 8, 2014 at 7:36 PM

But various Hot Air Commenters should get credit for providing lots of good laughs too.
wren on August 8, 2014 at 7:34 PM

Flange and Pork-Chop are the best.

bluegill on August 8, 2014 at 7:37 PM

Did you see Evan Sayet?

http://eaglerising.com/7660/comedian-rips-liberals-awesome-stand-routine/

Raquel Pinkbullet on August 8, 2014 at 7:32 PM

I was lucky enough to see a live performance by Evan Sayet a few years ago.

Evan Sayet had a room full of Republicans rolling in the aisles with laughter!

It was a great evening!

wren on August 8, 2014 at 7:38 PM

Conservatives as a whole have a much better sense of humor. You can see that in comment section of the political blogs, but in the media or comedy profession? We don’t really have any talent. I know you think Gutfield is funny but he really isn’t. He has a moment once and a while but for the most part it’s pretty uncomfortable watching him. I’m actually surprised at the success he does have.

lowandslow on August 8, 2014 at 7:36 PM

Did you see Evan Sayet?

http://eaglerising.com/7660/comedian-rips-liberals-awesome-stand-routine/

Raquel Pinkbullet on August 8, 2014 at 7:38 PM

Fox’s audience is grandmas and grandpas; “Red Eye” is pitched at viewers at least 25 years younger.

Red Eye should be on the Fox Entertainment Network at 11:30pm, not Fox News at whatever am.

slickwillie2001 on August 8, 2014 at 7:41 PM

lowandslow on August 8, 2014 at 7:36 PM

Also to add who on the LEFT do you consider funny?

We have plenty of funny comedians.. And your are probably one of the only people I met who think Gutfield is NOT funny.

Also you must have never heard of Remy.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R7-ApK63X_U

Raquel Pinkbullet on August 8, 2014 at 7:43 PM

It’s difficult to attribute humor to a conservative comedian. They often use the truth to mock reality, thinking it’s funny.

More often than not, it makes you want to put the barrel in your mouth and pull that trigger, knowing there is no hope and that reality is nothing but a big friggin joke.

Not a joke.

But people make money on it all the same. It’s sad as hell.

Even this realization though, won’t remove the barrel from the mouth. Good luck liberals with this world you’ve made. I hope you suffer terribly, for an eternity, in your “victory”.

Diluculo on August 8, 2014 at 7:49 PM

Did you see Evan Sayet?

Yes, very funny guy, but we like him because the routine we see is directed to a specific audience, us conservatives. He’s a moderately successful comedian outside the political world but really doesn’t have the star power to have a weekly or daily comedy show. Again we don’t have a built in audience of college kids that laugh at anything because they’re supposed to.

lowandslow on August 8, 2014 at 7:49 PM

Also to add who on the LEFT do you consider funny?

There isn’t anyone, doesn’t matter though, there are enough kids in demo that laugh at anything the left throws at them. That’s why there are shows like The Daily Show. As I said before, it isn’t funny, but the tribe says it is so you have enough young people watching it to keep it on the air.

lowandslow on August 8, 2014 at 7:54 PM

Yes, very funny guy, but we like him because the routine we see is directed to a specific audience, us conservatives. He’s a moderately successful comedian outside the political world but really doesn’t have the star power to have a weekly or daily comedy show. Again we don’t have a built in audience of college kids that laugh at anything because they’re supposed to.

lowandslow on August 8, 2014 at 7:49 PM

I think the problem is you, not the conservative comedians. It seems you are the one that lacks the sense of humor.

Sucks to be you.

Raquel Pinkbullet on August 8, 2014 at 8:00 PM

Well this wannabe Grandma loves Red Eye and it needs to be on earlier.

Cindy Munford on August 8, 2014 at 8:05 PM

I think the problem is you, not the conservative comedians. It seems you are the one that lacks the sense of humor.

Sucks to be you.

Raquel Pinkbullet on August 8, 2014 at 8:00 PM

But I can tell you’re a barrel of laughs.

lowandslow on August 8, 2014 at 8:13 PM

Well this wannabe Grandma loves Red Eye and it needs to be on earlier.

Cindy Munford on August 8, 2014 at 8:05 PM

Take a nap or record it.

RickB on August 8, 2014 at 8:15 PM

Where is “the flip side”? Don’t know of any show called the “Flip Side”.

PunditFaP on August 8, 2014 at 8:33 PM

RickB on August 8, 2014 at 8:15 PM

Great advice.

Cindy Munford on August 8, 2014 at 8:33 PM

Update: “Flipside” executive producer Matt Sheffield sends along this e-mail in response:

That clip is ancient history. To judge a comedy show by material that was written nearly a year ago is naive. Comedy has a short shelf-life. People who work in the business know not to judge a book by its cover. That is even more true of a current event show’s trailer.

If you have to tell people that they need to be in the business to understand, you’re not going to get anywhere.

Kaptain Amerika on August 8, 2014 at 8:52 PM

Seems like Fox is experimenting with repeating The Five in prime time. Not sure why, other than to expose those who don’t/can’t watch in the afternoon to the type of show it is. It’s been very successful for the network.

Hannity was bumped to 10 o’clock by Megyn Kelly, and he should be bumped again to put Red Eye on in that time slot. I understand that Sean is a genuinely nice guy and extremely generous with both his time and money, but his show has gotten tired. Very tired.

It’s been a long time since I was 25, but I really enjoy Red Eye. It does remarkably well at 3 a.m. but should be given a chance to develop a prime-time audience, IMO.

Meredith on August 8, 2014 at 8:52 PM

Most of the radio personalities are intentionally funny. They are better comedians by far than most of the self described comedians.
Any regular listener of Rush Limbaugh will tell you that his comic genius part of the reason they listen.
BoxHead1 on August 8, 2014 at 7:20 PM

Rush had a late-night show (depending on the station) in the 90s, the format wasn’t the best. But if someone had put some money into producing, developing and promoting a Rush TV show they’d have reaped a fortune.
You can catch his first show at this article:
Rush: ANYBODY can be a talking head these days

whatcat on August 8, 2014 at 8:53 PM

The last great “conservative comedy” show was Rush’s old tv show. Solid laughs every night. Here is one of my favorite clips ever:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fo4mXkKQLjQ

cdog0613 on August 8, 2014 at 9:03 PM

Wrong clip. Here is the one I meant: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eAsKm5q4zMY

cdog0613 on August 8, 2014 at 9:08 PM

The best conservative comedy show is anything reported as “news” on ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN. and MSNBC. Except for a few rare instances of actual news (usually breaking news, which FNC does better anyway), all of it is laughable.

Eastwood Ravine on August 8, 2014 at 9:37 PM

I kind of liked it. A little rough, and they could have used a changing graphic for the bumper sticker segment to display the “improved” versions.

Count to 10 on August 8, 2014 at 9:41 PM

More classic Rush:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fs35U6LGHgw

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AIAVrsmO_1Q

There was also a conservative cartoon series on Spike TV, This Just In.

WestVirginiaRebel on August 8, 2014 at 9:56 PM

Only a portion of the comedy should be political. The other parts should be devoted to pop culture and other things, as is done with Red Eye.

bluegill on August 8, 2014 at 9:59 PM

I laughed in a few parts. Not that bad.

It needs more culture and less politics. Don’t be so blatant about the conservatism.

dforston on August 8, 2014 at 10:28 PM

I love Redeye, and believe it is possible for a conservative slant to succeed at Flipside after it finds its footing. I read comments here because they are on point and often LOL. In 1982 Barry Goldwater Jr. asked me to write some jokes for his Senate campaign. I have also sold to Joan Rivers, DJs and public speaker pubs. Sample one liner: What is the difference between a bear and Congress? A bear lives off its own fat…and it wakes up in the Spring. Jest wishes.

nuclearoptional on August 8, 2014 at 11:32 PM

One of the things that makes “Red Eye” a rare mainstream success in conservative humor is that the targets are always fresh

They’re libertarians.

John the Libertarian on August 9, 2014 at 12:00 AM

I like Loftus a lot. There aren’t any Progressive comedians who are funny at all. Like Bill Maher, they just get shows because they share the views of the people controlling the media.

flataffect on August 9, 2014 at 2:04 AM

So when and where does his air?

JungleCogs on August 9, 2014 at 7:21 AM

JungleCogs:

About The Show
The Flipside with Michael Loftus offers a fresh perspective by taking on the flipside of the news, commentary, and pop-culture that America now calls the status quo. Featuring interviews with thought-provoking and diverse guests, fearless satire poking fun at the powers-that-be, and loads of fun, The Flipside with Michael Loftus will be debuting on television stations across the country this September. Stay tuned for more details…

CW on August 9, 2014 at 8:33 AM

That clip is ancient history. To judge a comedy show by material that was written nearly a year ago is naive. Comedy has a short shelf-life. People who work in the business know not to judge a book by its cover. That is even more true of a current event show’s trailer.

That isn’t even close to being true. Richard Pryor is still freakin’ hilarious decades later. The problem is the source material isn’t good enough to be funny for more than a day or two, and the comedians themselves aren’t much better. The best skit ripping on environmentalists was done by a liberal a very long time ago, it still rings true today and is still hilarious.

http://youtu.be/EjmtSkl53h4

publius75 on August 9, 2014 at 12:47 PM

I think liberals sometimes have an advantage at comedy. Sometimes comedians have to think of things in strange ways. And we all know liberals can think some strange things.

Axeman on August 9, 2014 at 6:24 PM

If someone comes up with a patter that mixes ZoNation’s pacing and targeted rhetoric with The Half Hour News Hour’s needle-in-the-eye jabs at leftist philosophy, you’d have something.

Until then, Gutfeld is mostly it, but don’t try to call him a conservative.

Everyone on his show is better labeled a libertine Libertarian.

Freelancer on August 10, 2014 at 12:55 PM