It turns out people don’t find liberal comedians funny.
In fact, Stephen Colbert is having trouble getting anybody to watch his show.
Now, Colbert has gotten one piece of bad news that could ruin his career.
Comedy is supposed to be about saying things that are ironic, unexpected, or transgressive, in a funny way.
Making statements that are predictable and boring for the sake of applause is not what anyone’s idea of comedy is.
Stephen Colbert thought he could be the exception to that rule, but he was wrong.
Since he has been the host of The Late Show, Colbert has used his platform to talk about how bad Republicans are, and spread liberal ideas.
His audience, which is liberal as well, always claps when he says things that they agree with, and Colbert feeds off of their approval.
But the one thing Colbert doesn’t do very much of at all is tell jokes.
If you watch any stand-up comedian, whether it be Dave Chappelle, Bill Burr, Tim Dillon, Andrew Schulz, or many others, you will hear lots of jokes. It’s what they do for a living.
Colbert, however, spends his time making serious political statements and trying to make Republicans look bad.
It’s neither funny nor interesting. And as a result, his ratings are quickly declining. And he is being overtaken by Greg Gutfeld of Fox News, a man who goes on TV and actually tells jokes.
According to Forbes, “Fox News Channel host Greg Gutfeld had his highest-rated week ever last week, with his late night show Gutfeld! sweeping all of the broadcast late-night hosts, CBS’ Stephen Colbert, NBC’s Jimmy Fallon and ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel. For the week ending August 12, Gutfeld! delivered an average total audience of 2.355 million viewers, outpacing The Late Show with Stephen Colbert (2.143 million viewers), The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon (1.318 million viewers), and Jimmy Kimmel Live! (1.084 million viewers).”
Those are staggering numbers, especially when you consider that Colbert was handed the keys to the empire that David Letterman had built, one of the most legendary comedians of all time.
Colbert started out with an enormous audience that carried over from Letterman’s show. Gutfeld built his audience on his own.
Clearly people find Gutfeld a lot more funny than they find Colbert.
Contrary to the stereotype of Fox News viewers, namely that they are all elderly, the Forbes article also reports that “Gutfeld! also led among younger viewers, dominating among adults 25-54, the key demographic valued by national advertisers.”
“The Fox News win marks the third full week Gutfeld has led as the king of late night, besting Colbert in head-to-head matchups when both hosts had original episodes four nights out of the week.”
If Colbert wants to get his audience back, he might want to think about scaling back the political sermons, and focusing instead on making people laugh.
But it seems far more likely that he will continue to be an “activist comedian” and spew liberal nonsense, and as a result, his audience will continue to decline.