The Babylon Bee editor-in-chief has harshly criticized American late-night comedians, saying they have become silly “self-righteous fanatics” under the spell of a “left-wing religion.”
“ Over the past decade, hosts across the board have begun to put aside their recognizable, everyone’s comedy and draw attention to the crowd about their moral values, ” wrote editor Kyle Mann in a scathing column for the National Review
They went from chasing laughter – no matter who the joke was – to chasing applause. The result was anything but funny, ‘he added.
Mann specifically pointed to a recent interview with Samantha Bee, the Full Frontal late-night host on TBS, who admitted that she doesn’t like to joke about President Joe Biden because she doesn’t want to “undermine” him.
Kyle Mann, editor of the Babylon Bee, has been harshly critical of American late-night comedians, saying they have become non-funny ‘self-righteous fanatics’ under the spell of a ‘left-wing religion’
Mann specifically pointed to a recent interview with Samantha Bee, who admitted that she doesn’t like to joke about President Joe Biden because she doesn’t want to “undermine” him.
‘For example, I don’t have to joke to make jokes. I like to make very specific jokes. There are more worthy causes at the moment, I think, ‘Bee said of Biden’s lashing out
Bee told me Dan Rather earlier this month, you’re like, okay, we could joke about it, we could joke about the infrastructure plan, but overall I’m like, ‘Wow, this is great. Why would I deliberately undermine something that seems like a great idea, across the board? ”
‘For example, I don’t have to joke to make jokes. I like to make very specific jokes. There are more worthy causes at the moment, I think, ‘she added.
“Bee’s comment that Biden isn’t really a worthy target just smells like your audience has to agree with you,” noted Mann.
The left often states that comedy should ‘be right’ and ‘speak the truth to the power’. Who is more powerful than the president of the United States? ‘ He wrote.
“If the purpose of comedy is to make some moral point with every joke, well, comedians like Samantha Bee will quickly find themselves just becoming defenders of the establishment,” Mann added.
Stephen Colbert, who took over from David Letterman in 2015 The Late Show on CBS, is seen as the most political of the late night crowd, who regularly berates Trump.
Jimmy Fallon, initially reluctant to wade into politics, sharpened after being criticized for ‘humanizing’ Trump in an interview during the 2016 campaign
Mann is the editor of the Babylon Bee, a conservative and Christian satirical news site in the style of The Onion.
He was quick to admit that his publication most often mocks leftists, but noted that it also targets hypocrisy on the right and among Christian leaders.
Indeed, one of Babylon Bee’s most famous articles piqued wealthy televangelist Joel Olsteen. The 2017 satirical article, when a hurricane hit Houston, was titled: Joel Osteen Sails Luxury Yacht Through Flooded Houston To Pass Out Copies Of ‘Your Best Life Now’.
Mann was working in construction sales in 2016 when he saw the Babylon Bee on Facebook and his first article on spec.
It derided extensive services at megachurches and was titled Holy Spirit Unable To Move Through Congregation As Fog Machine Breaks.
“I can understand Bee’s comments, along with a desire to poke fun at the opposition more than anyone or anything,” noted Mann in his new column.
But at the same time, my favorite pieces to write are those that punch our audience in the face, that evoke the hypocrisy of the right, that mock the inconsistent life among Christians and our failure to live up to what we preach. I like satire that especially likes its purpose, ‘he said.
Those who hold on to their beliefs can laugh at the world, their predicament, and themselves. Those who are not confident in their beliefs cannot laugh at all, for fear that the whole thing will crumble, ”Mann wrote in his column.
ABC presenter Jimmy Kimmel can be seen above. The editor of the Bablyon Bee criticizes night hosts for ‘lecturing the crowd about their moral values’
CBS presenter James Corden can be seen above. In his column, Mann complained that late-night comedians couldn’t put their politics aside to focus on humor
Mann also admitted that conservatives can be “pretty bad at comedy.”
Conservatives have tried and failed to put out good comedy shows and movies that rival the nightly propaganda that emanates from the left every weeknight. The problem with many of these attempts is that they tried to make things clear first and then be funny, ”he wrote.
The nighttime hosts of the top broadcasts – Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Kimmel and Jimmy Fallon – were especially criticized during Donald Trump’s presidency for their decidedly partisan tone.
Colbert, who took over from David Letterman in 2015 The Late Show on CBS, was seen as the most political of the bunch, often denouncing Trump and regularly interviewing politicians.
In 2018, Bee was forced to apologize after calling Ivanka Trump a ‘feckless c ** t’ in an on-air rant.
Conservatives also complained about Saturday Night Live’s political tendency on NBC, which continued to focus its satire on Republicans, even with a Democrat in the White House.
Bill Maher, who hosts the weekly Real Time late-night show on HBO, has shown more willingness to break the mold, sometimes rocking liberals on issues he finds worthy of mockery.
Last week, Fox News launched a conservative rival for the late night lineup, hoping to capitalize on discontent over the late night world’s liberal tendency and seize viewers who have kept aloof from competitors.
Last week, Fox News launched a conservative late night show hosted by Greg Gutfeld
In his first week in the slot, Gutfeld posted strong ratings, beating all cable competitors, as well as Jimmy Kimmel and Jimmy Fallon on broadcasts.
Hosted by comedian Greg Gutfeld, the weekday 11pm show combines a familiar mix of monologues and interviews, but focuses on pointed targets on the left.
In his first week in the slot, Gutfeld posted strong ratings, beating all cable competitors, as well as Jimmy Kimmel Live! on ABC and The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon on NBC.
Gutfeld! averaged 1.57 million viewers and 307,000 in the main audience aged 25-54, beating all other late-night shows except Colbert’s Late Show, according to data from Nielsen.
In his column, Mann complained that late-night comedians couldn’t put their politics aside to focus on humor.
“If you find yourself unable to laugh about anything, unable to find anything worthy of satire – especially with a politician like Joe Biden – you may be blinded by your own worldview,” Mann continued.
‘Good comedians put their point of view aside and write the best joke, the’ point ‘is doomed.’