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Stephen Kruiser

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April 29, 2013 - 11:41 pm

In twenty five years on the road I’ve never tried to influence legislation or send people to war, so my answer is no.

The politician-as-comedian is the hardest trick to pull off. Whatever you think of him as a president, there is no denying that with a script in front of him, Barack Obama can deliver a joke with timing and poise. Others – notably Boris Johnson – can be genuinely funny off the cuff. But most politicians are neither natural actors nor naturally witty: a large number of people who go into politics are dry, humourless policy wonks. Watching them deliver a joke – or, worse, come up with one themselves – is like watching the ape-men around the obelisk at the beginning of 2001: A Space Odyssey: they know it’s important, but its workings are a mystery.

Stephen Kruiser is a professional comedian and writer who has also been a conservative political activist for over two decades. A co-founder of the first Los Angeles Tea Party, Kruiser often speaks to grassroots groups around America and has had the great honor of traveling around the world entertaining U.S. troops.

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more than anything else, the O reminds me of the poor schmuck who just got hit in the face with a pie...he just doesn't realize it yet....what's that about laughing with you vs laughing at you..
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oh, and I just saw where the D's link climate change to women having desparation sex...who needs Laugh-In?
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I think the president is a special case. Because he's so powerful, both as our Commander-in-Chief and as the most significant player in domestic politics, pretty much anytime the president is funny, except for self-deprecating humor, he comes off poorly.

The powerful making fun of the less powerful is not funny. I've seen some commercials for a show where celebrities play practical jokes on normal people. I don't really see a show like that coming off well. The weak need to make fun of the powerful, in order to bring the powerful down to their level.
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Self depreciating humor can be a breath of fresh air. Even Nixon went on Laugh In and delivered the stock line "Sock it to me?"
I think it's the ginormous egos of most politicians that keeps them from being able to laugh at themselves.
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Reagan was the last truly funny president. He was an actor, not a poser.
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I don't think Obama is funny or even mildly amusing with or without a script. He's a cold man with a voice that makes everything he says sound the same. Humor should be spontaneous and even those who aren't inclined to make quips or witty observations have their moments. I always enjoyed GWB in humor mode because his unpolished delivery style was natural.
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