No Joking Matter

No Joking Matter

The Nightcap

Nightcap for August 24th, 2018


“Those are my principles, and if you don’t like them… well, I have others.” – Groucho Marx

Leave The Jokes To The Liberals

Quick! Name five Late Night hosts, stand-up comedians, or famous people that are incredibly funny and openly conservative.

If you said Dennis Miller and Tim Allen, congratulations… you came up with two. Perhaps there are a lot more, but It’s not exactly easy to come up with a roster of truly funny right-wing celebrities.

Now, there are a whole lot of reasons this may be the case, but I think it comes down to two pretty important factors: conservatives (by and large) aren’t exactly great at making fun of themselves and they usually don’t want to take on dark topics.

Granted, neither of these attributes are required to be funny, but they certainly help. Comedy is about taking relatable, controversial, and hard topics and making them laughable.

Let’s take Obama and Trump as prime examples. Set your political opinions aside for a second, because this article has nothing to do with policy implementation – just humor. These two presidents are arguably two of the most targeted and widely-teased leaders we’ve ever had in US history. One is able to roll with the punches and make fun of himself; the other hasn’t attended the White House Correspondence dinner two years in a row because he can’t handle criticism. I’ll let you guess which one is which.

As this article explains, it’s not that conservatives aren’t intelligent or nice people – they just don’t tend to be categorically funny and here’s why

The Power of Punctuation

Words matter. The nouns, verbs, and adjectives we choose are crucial in conveying a thought or getting our point across to other people.

But there are other important elements of communication that we may not be as consciously aware of… things like body language, eye contact, and fluctuations in your voice.

And when it comes to writing, that’s a whole other monster because the person reading your note, email or text can’t see your facial expression or hear your tone. So, a seemingly harmless message could be conceived as aggressive or mean.

This is one of the reasons “LOL” is used so often in written conversation. 90% of the time, when someone writes “LOL” at the beginning or end of a text or email, it rarely means they actually laughed out loud. What it USUALLY means is that the sender wants to make sure the recipient doesn’t take the message seriously or in a negative way.

For example, if my roommate comes home drunk at 3 in the morning and left a mess in the kitchen, I might send her a text the next morning, saying, “dude you must have been wasted last night. The kitchen looks like we were robbed by the Hamburglar lol.” I’m actually not laughing at all and I want her to know she left a mess, but I want to do it in a nice way so she doesn’t think I’m being confrontational. Make sense? Of course it does, because WE’VE ALL DONE IT.

The same goes for the exclamation mark. As this article suggests, the simple addition or extraction of punctuation can change the entire perception of an email, no matter how inconsequential or harmless the message is.

Welcome To Canada Eh

It’s been a long-held belief that our friendly neighbors up North are… well… friendly. But this stand-up comedian has a few other things to say about Canadians which may dispel some of our views on one of the most uncontroversial countries in the World.

Watch him here