Politics in Comedy 2

Just before I get into discussing another favourite political comedian of mine, I’m just going to warn you that yes, he’s another conservative.

I’m doing this mainly because we know the great liberal political comedians already. Stephen Colbert, Jon Stewart, John Oliver, etc. They’re all great at what they do.

But conservative political comedians are much less visible for the most part, and where they are seen is online. So, unless you’re actively searching out these people, you will likely not have heard of any of them.

This brings me to Andrew Klavan, the author and screenwriter who hosts his own show for The Daily Wire, Ben Shapiro’s online news publication.

Andrew is such a funny guy because of his opening monologues. He is incredibly sarcastic but is also very good at speaking in a funny way. He zig-zags through the stories he tells and intentionally makes his stories confusing because his point is almost always to mock the logic of his ideological opponents.

Here he is being a ridculously smart-allecky bastard. The opening couple of minutes is an example of why I’m such a fan of this sickly looking brother of Mr. Clean.

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Politics in Comedy

I’ve always felt weird about political comedy. When it’s great, it’s truly great but when it isn’t, it’s just preachy nonsense that’s more concerned with making a point than being funny. The main point of comedy should always be about being funny.

Now with a Donald Trump presidency, comedians have even more material than they did with Bush 2.0. And for the most part, I find that they’ve gone after Trump in a funny way because they can. He’s a funny character and that’s why it’s easy to make Trump jokes. I can’t imagine they’d be able to do the same with Neil Gorsuch.

But making fun of politicians is only one political topic out of many to make fun of. More and more political comedy targets voters and their political beliefs.

Steven Crowder is a conservative commentator with the YouTube political comedy show Louder with Crowder. The openly biased host does make fun of left-wing politicians, such as Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren (and even Republicans like Trump) sometimes, but most his comedy centres around people who support certain politicians or political views.

Crowder, along with Not Gay Jared, team up and visit countless areas where less-than-desirable political rivals can be found.

 

Kids in the Hall

Being a Canadian fan of comedy, particularly sketch comedy, it’s to my embarrassment that it took me so long to discover Kids in the Hall. Along with SCTV, it is one of the most recognizable Canadian comedy shows ever.

Two years ago, I remember watching the show for the first time. The show surprised me. Unlike This Hour Has 22 Minutes and Royal Canadian Air Farce, this show wasn’t a steaming pile of Canadian goose shit. It was very funny.

But with a short attention span and even shorter term memory, I quickly forgot about the show. In fairness, I was so caught up in…absolutely nothing cause I’m a lazy sack but still, I never meant to abandon it.

This spring, I began to get into the show again. I’m not watching the show steadily but I am watching it again.

Anyway, here’s a scene that I found extremely funny and relatable.

 

Predictions for the Future of Media

The future of media is going to continue its current trend of fragmentation for years to come. The world is more divided on social and political opinion than ever before, which plays a significant part in dividing media audiences.

The days of mainstream political channels will end, and for networks such as CNN, FOX, and MSNBC to remain relevant, they will have to focus on building their Internet presences. The clearly but openly biased online news sources, such as Huffington Post, Breitbart, Vox, and Drudge Report will continue to grow more popular as people continue to search for news sources that best fit their worldviews.

Apolitical media, such as music, television, and film, will continue to struggle financially because older consumers of media will either die or learn modern media consuming methods, such as downloading and streaming content.

Network television channels will continue to see ratings decline, as variety will increase and smaller channels with more focused content, such as HBO and AMC, will increase their share of the economic pie.

Netflix will continue to dominate as the world’s foremost video-on-demand provider. However, Netflix will face increasingly stiffer competition as other companies look top provide massive amounts of accessible, affordable entertainment.

 

A Deadly Wandering

A Deadly Wandering’s greatest strength is its level of detail. Matt Richtel gives the reader incredibly intricate descriptions of characters, events, and statistics.

Richtel provides a particularly vivid depiction of Reggie Shaw’s bedroom on page 13.

“He lived in the room he’d once shared with his older brother Nick. It was all boy; Chicago Cubs wallpaper covered the bottom third of the wall. There was a poster of his favourite basketball player, Reggie Miller, but the star’s bio was covered up by a picture of Jesus, looking serene, wearing a white shirt with a red robe over it.”

This passage is excellent because Richtel goes beyond merely mentioning some facts about Shaw’s room. By giving such a detailed description of Reggie’s room, Richtel paints a picture of Reggie’s character—that of a sweet young boy. Shaw’s religiousness is expertly highlighted by Richtel, as his account of the boy’s Jesus picture shows that while Reggie loves sports, his faith matters most to him.

Richtel also writes in this colourful style when he presents research. He uses both quotes from researchers and his own words to describe science. His description on page 119 is one such example of Richtel’s devotion to detailed research.

“Use of electrodes also allowed researchers to measure the time that it takes the brain to reallocate resources when attention shifts. Say someone saw a flash of light. About one hundred milliseconds after the introduction of this new visual simulation, the person showed changes at the neurological level.”

Here, Richtel describes the specific details of the science (one hundred milliseconds), the method of research (electrodes), and a clear, tangible action to demonstrate to a layman (flashing light). He does these things while making it part of a cohesive whole that combines important information with a strong narrative.

Richtel’s diverse methods of presenting information is very inviting to readers because it provides facts without making A Deadly Wandering feel as if it is a dense read, like that of a textbook.

The author’s attention to detail comes at a cost to the reader as well. His descriptive writing style greatly hinders the pace of the book, as his focus veers from one subject to another. Richtel shows this excessive writing tendency on page 101.

“‘ANNE TREISMAN IS BRILLIANT,’ says Dr. Gazzaley. ‘She was a pioneer.’

Dr. Gazzaley sits at Maverick’s, an upscale eatery serving American comfort food. The restaurant is a one-minute walk from the Gazzloft, so close that Maverick’s lets Dr. Gazzaley and his girlfriend, Jo, take home the plates when they order out.”

Richtel writes this passage with such great detail that it could make the reader think that the info being provided is important. It adds some character development to Dr. Gazzaley but this description of Maverick’s distracts the reader from Anne Treisman’s story and research.

Richtel doesn’t mention her until the next page. Unfortunately, he does not immediately describe Treisman’s research. He provides some back-story to Anne instead before describing her work.

The good thing about Richtel’s distractions from the main narrative of the story is that these writings show the author’s great level of devotion to character development, history, and scene description.

The meandering journey that A Deadly Wandering takes to tell a story of a fatal car accident is mostly enhanced by this uneven writing style. Richtel’s unconventional book helps the reader discover information about things like tragedy, texting, attention, and history that would have been left unsolved if Richtel decided to stick to conventional, straightforward storytelling.

Richtel’s willingness to explore topics beyond the main focus of the book and relate them to Reggie Shaw’s tragic car crash makes A Deadly Wandering a compelling read. The book’s numerous story angles, and Richtel’s thorough research make it one of the most informative and challenging reads I’ve ever faced.

Red River College Magazine Trade Fair April 13th at Noon

Yep, you heard right. It’s 2017 and a group of youngins have decided to use our vast knowledge of social media and tech to make a goddamn magazine. It’s on business, no less.IMG_5213

Forge Forward focuses on entrepreneurship in Manitoba. Our stories feature the people and trends that are driving economic growth in Manitoba.

So, get your lazy ass down to Red River College’s Roblin Centre at 160 Princess Street in Winnipeg on April 13th at noon if you want to read from a whole slew of students, who’ve written about a whole slew of topics. That’s right, there’ll be slews of everything. Slews of prizes, slews of booths, slews of magazines, hell, maybe even a whole slew of food.

Hello Bill Burr- A Fan Letter to an Angry Man

Hello Bill Burr,

You’re the primary reason why I speak my mind on anything. I don’t give a fuck about what anyone thinks and I’m always willing to let people have it.

Like you, I’m miserable beyond my years, which is why nothing makes me happier than when people cry about Trump, Brady, or anything really. You are excellent at putting whiny little bitches in their rightful places.

Anyway, lets cut to the chase.

With all that big comedy cash you make nowadays, have you finally bought a cruise ship for sinking yet? There are some people I know who should definitely board one of them.

Despite living in one of the world’s most sparsely populated lands, Canada, I feel that the world could do without half our population. There are people, other than Canadians, who are deserving of building with our lumber, pouring our syrup on their pancakes, and drinking our rye. Most Canadians don’t cut it. These undesirables can board the Titanic 2.0. However, they should probably sink in a more efficient manner than death-by-iceberg.

Just a thought.

Oh, and on a more pleasant note, congratulations on the birth of your new daughter. But don’t let it turn you “sawft.”

I’m sorry for the spelling of the last word in that last sentence. It’s meant to emphasize a Boston accent but it might just emphasize that I’m a douchebag. It might actually be a New York thing. Fuck if I know. I’m just a Canadian.

Finally, thank you for sharing your misery through comedy and, most of all, thank you for not bullshitting. You’re clearly a man who thinks independently without being a pretentious twat who thinks he knows everything.

Regards,

Brent