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The Grip on Comedy Slips

Comedy has long been under the left’s control, as just one province of the U.S. entertainment empire centered in Hollywood—which is itself a bastion of leftist control over mainstream culture. But comedy is a rebellious province by its nature, as what comics and their audiences find funny is often the opposite of what the left decrees politically correct.

Rebellions have been put down swiftly. In 2016, the cable network Adult Swim cancelled a comedy sketch show that had been a breakout hit, Million Dollar Extreme, after activist comedians and journalists complained to the network’s executives that the show was too Alt-Right. Whether it was or not, its brand of comedy was deemed too insensitive and its popularity of the same kind that drove Trump into office; so, it was cancelled. In 2017, Netflix audiences rebelled against the empire-approved comedienne Amy Schumer’s The Leather Special, which featured tiresome jokes about her own sexual promiscuity and anatomy, tame in their raunchiness and as graceless as Schumer herself. The Leather Special was bombarded with bad ratings, which Schumer blamed on that convenient boogie man, the Alt-Right. Days after her special’s disastrous release, Netflix ran to Schumer’s rescue and disabled its audience rating feature.

Most recently the comedian Shane Gillis was forced to resign from Saturday Night Live after an activist journalist dug up a...

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