‘Where Are All the Right-Wing Comedians?’
This chapter addresses an oft-posed question: why does there appear to be a prevalence of left-wing bias, and so few right-wing comedians, in today’s comedy scene? It is argued that part of the reason for this perception lies in imprecise definitions of both left- and right-wing. A more stable approach to identifying the comedic right is proposed by invoking theoretical frameworks from Norberto Bobbio, Francis Fukuyama, and Michel Foucault, and by drawing on Steven Lukes’ ‘principle of rectification’. Case studies of Roy ‘Chubby’ Brown, Andrew Lawrence, and Jimmy Carr are used to advance three examples of the hidden prevalence of the political right in the contemporary comedy industry.
KeywordsRight-wing Left-wing Political correctness Liberal consensus Roy ‘Chubby’ Brown Andrew Lawrence Jimmy Carr
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