The moment you turn on the network/cable news or talk radio the frustration with politics and those involved, will often times cause many to lose heart about the state of our nation. It sometimes seems the longer you listen to the ineptness of politicians and gain a better understanding of the decline of a moral fiber in America, an individual could almost begin to believe there is nothing funny or hopeful left for our country.
Thankfully, there are political comedians like Evan Sayet! Evan is “the nation’s leading conservative, political comedian”, as well as a highly sought after Master of Ceremony for conservative and Republican events. He is the author of The KinderGarden of Eden: How the Modern Liberal Thinks. Even more exciting, Evan is currently on tour, bringing his political comedy to nightclub audiences around the nation.
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Evan recently took some time to share with PolitiChicks about his current comedy tour and some of his thoughts on political humor and the interesting optics it brings to Americans.
PolitiChicks (PC): As a follower of politics and social issues, do you believe it is difficult for citizens to find humor and light in the chaos of what is happening in America and around the world today?
Evan Sayet: Not at all. Making a joke about something doesn’t make that something a joke. It can — and that can sometimes be its purpose — but, when it comes to political satire, if it’s for the right cause, it can show how SERIOUSLY RIDICULOUS the current trends, beliefs or people in power. There is nothing about what Barack Obama is doing to America that is funny, but what is “funny” in it ridiculousness, is how many people buy into the line of “reasoning” he sells to justify it.
PC: You have made political satire your vocation by answering the call of performing political humor and doing comedy shows around the country. Your current schedule of shows have you in Phoenix (May 27), Chicago (June 3), Boston (June 10) and New York (June 14).
Evan Sayet: Satire, comedy and wit have always been one of the means to speak truth to power. This is true in no small part because, when you point out the ridiculous, the first thing the other side has to do is admit there’s some legitimacy to the points you’re making. The ONLY other option — which is why the Left plays this and only this at EVERY turn — is to declare your MOTIVES evil (“racism,” “war on women,” “you HATE good health” and “you HATE clean air”) which, in turn, is even more ridiculous than even their earlier arguments. So ridiculing Liberals is difficult because it, in its actuality is ridiculous.
PC: As a writer, what drew you to political comedy and stand up shows?
Evan Sayet: Well, perhaps a bit of my history here would help. I began as a rather “generic” stand-up comedian many years ago. I use the term “generic” in no way to disparage myself, only to differentiate between someone with a purpose to do more than just garner chuckles and guffaws at a rate sufficient to keep me in the business. But, along the way — specifically when my child was born — I didn’t want to be on the road thirty or forty weeks a year — and so I segued into television writing and then producing and so on. This time, again, there was no “purpose” to my efforts. In fact, I was — as are most people in Hollywood — little more than a “gun for hire.”
Again, I was good at it and my efforts succeeded enough to keep me employed, but that was the only “purpose” behind my efforts. I wrote The Arsenio Hall Show and Politically Incorrect w/Bill Maher and lots of other shows along the way. But after 9/11 — and it wasn’t the attacks that changed me but the desperate efforts by the Liberals to JUSTIFY the attacks and put the blame on America that did — I knew I had to be more than just a “gun for hire,” and that I had to take it to the Left with power and purpose.
PC: When you are working on your comedy shows, how do decide which material you will focus on for your audiences?
Evan Sayet: The only time that I do anything differently is when I’m entertaining the troops. I recognize when I’m performing for the them that a handful might still think themselves Democrats even though it is highly unlikely that anyone who holds the Leftist values of today’s Democratic party would fight for anything much less their country. Still, that’s not the time to be making those arguments.
PC: Do you create your comedy material to focus more on specific individual politicians, larger political groups or is everything “free game”?
Evan Sayet: I think that anything is fair game so long as it’s a) funny and b) true. But my comedy isn’t as much current events based as based on exposing the insanity and hate of the Modern Liberal ideology. Yes, I will often reference specific Leftists like Barack Obama or, say, Harry Reid, but it’s only to augment a bigger point about the ideology they share.
PC: When writing for your shows, do you try to only appeal to “dyed in the wool” Conservatives, to try to “strength the base”? Or do you try to craft your words to influence and open the eyes of Liberal and more Independent political followers?
Evan Sayet: First, I have absolutely nothing against “preaching to the choir.” I have an expression, “Just because the choir knows the tune it doesn’t mean they understand the gospel.” But, of course I’d like to win people over to our side. With the true Leftists — the brain dead who firmly believe in the Liberal ideology — there’s not much hope of doing so. Modern Liberalism is based on the rejection of rational thought; the belief that thinking itself is an act of bigotry and thus to be not just rejected but reviled. But the overwhelming percentage of people who still foolishly vote Democrat do so only because they have never heard FROM A CONSERVATIVE what a conservative believes. If I can make them see the utter insanity — the pure stupidity — of Modern Liberalism, yes, of course I hope to do that, too.
PC: What is the response from Liberals, to your shows and political humor?
Evan Sayet: The response, of course, is the usual “you’re a hater” because the Leftist can’t understand why anyone would disagree with their insane “utopian” schemes and plots, if they didn’t hate utopia. You just have to understand that Liberals are, by definition, idiots. Yes, they can be “clever” in their hatred — look at Bill Maher — but cleverness used to advance stupidity is still stupidity.
PC: You are doing shows in Phoenix, Chicago, Boston and New York. All of these cities are led by Democratic Mayors. When you book your shows, how do you choose your performance cities? Do you consider the city’s political “bend” or do you consider yourself a type of “missionary” with your message, when choosing cities?
Evan Sayet: I consider where it is I can find the best Chinese food. That, and if there’s a good karaoke club within walking distance.
PC: What are your favorite topics to use in your stand up material?
Evan Sayet: I really only have one topic, which is the insanity of the Modern Liberal ideology and the contortions — moral, intellectual, verbal and so on — that they have to go through to justify their support of all that is evil, failed and wrong and their antipathy for all that is good, right and successful.
PC: What outlets do you use to get your material? Mainstream news, cable news, etc.?
Evan Sayet: I say that I am in the “Conservative Thought Industry” and I try to get my thoughts out there in as many ways as I possibly can. Obviously the Mainstream media and the other Leftist controlled outlets are the most difficult, but thankfully there is Fox News where I’ve been a guest on numerous shows, talk radio, the internet, live performances, Youtube and so on.
PC: Why do you believe there are so few Conservative comedians?
Evan Sayet: There are a good many reasons, but first and foremost amongst them is that people in the entertainment industry make so much money at such an incredibly early age that they are totally isolated from reality. The majority of conservatives in America only became conservative once they entered the real world and tested the theories of their childhood against reality. The entertainer, if you’ve heard his name, has never had to enter the real world and thus he never grows up to become a conservative.
PC: What is “the famous tweet heard around the world?”
Evan Sayet: In the wake of the attempted mass murder of people in Garland, TX recently, I tweeted out that “My favorite drawings at the Draw Muhammad Festival were the two chalk outlines out front.” Well;, this instantly got something like three thousand retweets and “favorites” which I don’t think is any kind of historic number but it is huge….but what was stunning was that it became a news story in papers across the country and, get this, across the world. There was even an article about it in the Independent in the United Kingdom and, get this, another one in the NIGERIAN HERALD.
The overwhelming percentages of responses were, as they should be of course, greatly supportive. After all, who wouldn’t cheer the fact that a mass murder was averted? Well, the answer was the usual pairing of Islamists and Liberals who took offense at a joke I made where the butt of that joke was WOULD-BE MASS MURDERERS.
Liberals championing would-be mass murderers and calling ME the “hater” because I didn’t, well, that’s exactly the ridiculousness we talked about earlier that make ridiculing the Left so difficult. I’M the “hater” because hate-filled Jihadist had been stopped from massacring the people they hate.
PC: In your stand up shows, how much of your material will be focused on the 2016 election?
Evan Sayet: Almost none. Again, current events are fleeting — and are merely EXAMPLES of bigger issues. I like to deal with the bigger issues.
PC: When you write material for your show, do you focus equally on either political party or more on Liberals/Democrats?
Evan Sayet: I am typically speaking of the sick and distorted ideology of Modern Liberalism but, truly, what’s the difference between Modern Liberalism and any Democrat today? With the Leftists so totally in control of the Democratic party — I mean, apparently the Dem’s choices are going to be between the Saul Alinsky Leftist Hillary Clinton, the even FURTHER left Alinskyite Elizabeth Warren, or the at least honest about his hatred for the American system, the Socialist, Bernie Sanders. Sadly the hateful ideology of Modern Liberalism and the “Democrat” are almost always one and the same.
PC: Do you ever focus on the local or state politics of the cities where you perform?
Evan Sayet: Rarely, except in how the local politics become national and ideological like the Democrats’ efforts to use the issues in Baltimore to expand their socialist powers.
PC: PolitiChicks strongly encourages all of our readers to come out to your shows, especially if they are in the Phoenix, Chicago, Boston or New York areas. For our readers who can’t attend one of your shows, what additional message would you like to share with them?
Evan Sayet: “Cut the crap and come to my shows!”
PolitiChicks is so thankful to Evan Sayet for taking the time to share some about his shows and himself, for our readers.
To see Evan Sayet live, please check out his website: evansayet.com for cities and dates.