In their new book, That’s Not Funny: How the Right Makes Comedy Work for Them (University of California Press, 2022), authors Matt Sienkiewicz and Nick Marx argue that it is both an intellectual and politically strategic mistake to assume that comedy has a liberal bias. According to That’s Not Funny, right-wing comedy has been hiding in plain sight, finding its way into mainstream conservative media through figures ranging from Fox News’s Greg Gutfeld to libertarian podcasters like Joe Rogan. Sienkiewicz and Marx contend that the contemporary conservative comedy network–from podcasts and television to YouTube and live standup–is culturally and politically relevant and its influence cannot be ignored. An expert in media and comedy studies, Sienkiewicz is an associate professor of communication and international studies at BC. He is author of The Other Air Force: U.S. Efforts to Reshape Middle Eastern Media Since 9/11, and he and Marx are co-editors of Saturday Night Live and American TV. Learn more about It’s Not Funny: POLITICO | Fast Company | The Guardian (U.K.) | Good One podcast. Read an excerpt from the book in New York Magazine.
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