Hillary Clinton’s campaign is going after five comedians who dared to make fun of the former Secretary of State and First ‘Lady’ in standup skits at a popular Hollywood comedy club called the Laugh Factory. The four men and one woman gave short performances lampooning Clinton’s wardrobe, relationship with her philandering husband, and the Monica Lewinsky scandal, among other things. The performances were captured on video, posted on the club’s website and appropriately titled, “Hillary vs. The First Amendment.”
The Clinton campaign has asked that the video be taken down and demanded the personal contact information of the performers. Club owner Jamie Masada opened the Laugh Factory over three decades ago and has been instrumental in launching the careers of many now famous comedians. Masada told Judicial Watch, “They threatened me. I have received complaints before but never a call like this, threatening to put me out of business if I don’t cut the video.”
Many popular comedians have performed at the Laugh Factory over the years, including liberals such as Roseanne Bar. A few years ago, Masada banned performers, blacks included, from using the “n-word.”
Masada told Judicial Watch that, as soon as the video got posted on the Laugh Factory website, he received a phone call from a “prominent” person inside Clinton’s campaign. “He said the video was disgusting and asked who put me up to this,” Masada said. The Clinton staffer, who Masada declined to identify, also demanded to know the names and phone numbers of the comedians that appear in the video. Masada refused and hung up. Can you say, “Thugocracy?”
Just the night before, Dana Carvey was at the club performing a skit mocking Donald Trump. Masada said the act was “hilarious.” No one from “The Donald’s” campaign called and threatened the Laugh Factory or its employees/performers.
Saturday Night Live, among many other entities, has mercilessly made fun of Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan, the Bushes and other Republican figures. None of them threatened SNL. IN fact, some of them went on SNL to share in the fun…including, recently, Trump. We don’t even have to recount the vitriolic mockery Richard Nixon was subject to.
Ironically perhaps, politicians such as Carter, Obama and Hillary Clinton, who take themselves so seriously, are usually failures, while those with a robust sense of humor, such as Abraham Lincoln, Ronald Reagan and John Kennedy, tend to be popular and successful. Humor often is an offshoot of humility, humanity and a desire to make those listening feel better. It is, in short, inexplicable in terms of evolution and our survival, but a vital component of a humble, confident, caring person.
Hillary, on the other hand, is just another progressive blowhard bent on silencing any and all opposition.
And that…is not funny.