Though this post is dated Monday morning, I'm actually writing it on Sunday night. We got a surprise day off at work, so I'm up a little later than usual. Sunday night television is sort of a wasteland, so I flipped over to Comedy Central. And what are they running tonight? Yet another Blue Collar Comedy Tour.
Now, I think I have a fairly good sense of humor, even if it is more dark and twisted than most people's. And though I've written a few posts about "conservative comedy" being an oxymoron, there is humor to be found with those guys. When you get past the tired "you might be a redneck" jokes, Jeff Foxworthy is pretty humorous. Bill Engvall can be too, and Ron White is drop-dead hysterically, side-splittingly funny. Let's see, who have I left out?
Oh yeah, "Larry the Cable Guy." There is no denying this guy has a fast wit, and a quick mind that belies his good ol' boy persona. He's also from the "mean streak" school of comedy that picks on perceived failings of others. You laugh, but you feel guilty about it.
As we all know, there are areas where it is generally permissable to skewer groups of people. Chris Rock can make fun of black people, Mario Cantone can make fun of gay people, Carlos Mencia can make fun of Hispanics (and just about everybody, apparently). So, why can't Larry the Cable Guy make fun of Southerners? Maybe because "Larry the Cable Guy" is a character, like "Pee Wee Herman," or "Elvira." Except, those characters are well known to be characters. I'm pretty sure much of his audience think he's for real, or at least Southern.
Here's the evidence that he's not:
UPDATE: I found one where he's not so nervous: