Tim Hawkins — The Government Can

Just in case you haven’t seen this, it’s good. It will make you smile.

There is more logic in humor than in anything else. Because, you see, humor is truth.
— Victor Borge,

Comedy has to be based on truth. You take the truth and you put a little curlicue at the end.
— Sid Caesar

Remember all the jokes the Democrats tried to make about George W. Bush? They were only funny to left-wing ideologues because there was no basic truth in them. “Bush lied, people died” didn’t work for you unless you’re left wing because it wasn’t true.

Bush was plenty vulnerable to being made the butt of jokes based on truth and they would have been funny. He did more boneheaded things and made more idiotic public statements than most presidents. Yet the Dems couldn’t seem to latch onto the right stuff and make us laugh at him. Jokes based on hatred don’t work well. You have to have a little bit of sympathy for the person you’re joking about. Bush came out for making automobiles run on switchgrass, for example. Someone could have made a good joke out of that, and it would been funny because it would have been based on truth. He said it, and it was dumb.

Here’s an example of a joke that works because it is based on truth: How can an Iowa farmer double his income? By installing a second mail box. That works because it is true that Iowa farmers are on the government dole under the Farm subsidy program that George W. Bush heavily increased. The joke isn’t hateful to Iowa farmers, it just makes a point about them that is true and does it in poignantly funny way. Another example is Margaret Thatcher’s line that “Eventually liberals run out of other people’s money.” Again, making a truthful point in a humorous way. [Except we are now having to wonder if it’s true. Liberals seem to have endless ways of picking our pockets.]

Here is an example of how Jay Leno uses truth to make his jokes funny:

For some good jokes that are funny because they are based on truth, check out the link to Obama Jokes in the menu bar above.

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