In what appears to be a first for a serious presidential contender, Hillary Clinton’s campaign is going after five comedians who made fun of the former Secretary of State in standup skits at a popular Hollywood comedy club.
A video of the short performance, which is less than three minutes, is posted on the website of the renowned club, Laugh Factory, and the Clinton campaign has tried to censor it. Besides demanding that the video be taken down, the Clinton campaign has demanded the personal contact information of the performers that appear in the recording. This is no laughing matter for club owner Jamie Masada, a comedy guru who opened Laugh Factory more than three decades ago and has been instrumental in launching the careers of many famous comics. “They threatened me,” Masada told Judicial Watch. “I have received complains before but never a call like this, threatening to put me out of business if I don’t cut the video.”
Practically all of the country’s most acclaimed comedians have performed at the Laugh Factory and undoubtedly they have offended politicians and other well-known personalities with their standup routines. Tim Allen, Jay Leno, Roseanne Bar, Drew Carey, George Carlin, Jim Carrey, Martin Lawrence, Jerry Seinfeld and George Lopez are among the big names that have headlined at the Laugh Factory. The First Amendment right to free speech is a crucial component of the operation, though Masada drew the line a few years ago banning performers—including African Americans—from using the “n-word” in their acts.
The five short performances that Clinton wants eliminated include some profanity and portions could be considered crass, but some of the lines are funny and that’s what the Laugh Factory is all about. The video features the individual acts of five comedians, four men and a woman. The skits make fun of Clinton’s wardrobe, her age, sexual orientation, the Monica Lewinsky scandal and the former First Lady’s relationship with her famous husband. The Laugh Factory has appropriately titled it “Hillary vs. The First Amendment.”
Masada told Judicial Watch that, as soon as the video got posted on the Laugh Factory website, he received a phone call from a “prominent” person inside Clinton’s campaign. “He said the video was disgusting and asked who put me up to this,” Masada said. The Clinton staffer, who Masada did not want to identify, also demanded to know the names and phone numbers of the comedians that appear in the video. Masada refused and hung up. He insists that the comedy stage is a sanctuary for freedom of speech no matter who is offended. “Just last night we had (Emmy-award winner) Dana Carvey doing Donald Trump and it was hilarious,” Masada said.
Everyone has weighed in by now telling you exactly who you should believe won last night’s Republican Presidential Debate. I’ve been en route back from a business trip all day so I’ve not seen much pontificating. But I can guess the general tone.
A few unsolicited personal observations…
Jeb Bush did a fine job. Perhaps one of his best performances in all of the debates held to date. But was anyone moved to dump another candidate for Jeb? He sounded competent. Seemed to have higher energy which, according to Donald Trump, is a presidential prerequisite. But Bush was no more impressive than most of them. I cannot believe he’s moved the needle that much in his favor and would not expect to see a big bounce in polling for Jeb.
Trump was at his most serene. Boring actually. Perhaps trying to look more presidential. Whatever. So very, very over Trump.
Ben Carson did a fine job. But every time this lovable man opens his mouth I am instantly reminded how ill-equipped and unprepared he is to be president. Imagining Ben as commander-in-chief sends a shiver down my spine.
John Kasich was atrocious. Loser of the night. He knows the end is near for his candidacy and in a desperate attempt to get more air time and to seem even remotely relevant he kept interrupting. He came off as a petulant, precocious tween demanding attention. Truly annoying. Go back to Ohio, John. Your moment in the sun is over.
From my perspective, the night belonged to Marco Rubio and Carly Fiorina. Both candidates are amazingly capable of communicating the conservative message and are incredibly persuasive. Both command the stage and present an image of competence, capability, and trust-ability. Both have a positive vision for the country. And it’s a vision an overwhelming majority of voters would likely embrace.
We truly are blessed with an amazingly deep and talented bench of candidates this season. Any would be far preferable to Hillary and her party of liars and Socialists.
But I remain convinced the invincible ticket is still Marco Rubio/Carly Fiorina. They would be unstoppable and could gather the support it will take once inaugurated from Congress and the public to move our country back from the brink and return it to greatness.
John Fund at National Review has a very interesting post concerning election results from yesterday’s Kentucky gubernatorial race.
For only the second time in 48 years, a Republican has won a governor’s race in Kentucky.
Further, the GOP nominee for governor, Matt Bevin, is a Tea-Party activist who has never held elective office and was considered by the Republican Establishment, Democrats, and the press as far too conservative to possibly win.
Oh, wait, this story only gets better. Bevin’s hand-picked Lt. Governor nominee (who also won handily) is a black Tea-Party activist. “Jenean Hampton is now the first African American elected to statewide office ever in [Kentucky’s] history.”
Hmmm. Two Tea-Party activists win statewide office? Democrats and the press (yes, I know, I’m repeating myself by referencing them separately) have been telling us for years the Tea-Party is dead. What is going on here??
More on Lt. Governor-elect Hampton from National Review:
…Hampton’s path certainly represents triumph over adversity. Born in Detroit, the 57-year-old Hampton and her three sisters were raised by a single mom who lacked a high school education and couldn’t afford a television or a car. But Hampton was determined to better herself. She graduated with a degree in industrial engineering and worked for five years in the automobile industry to pay off her college loans. She then joined the Air Force, retiring as a Captain. She earned an MBA from the University of Rochester, moved to Kentucky and became a plant manager in a corrugated packaging plant. Then she lost her job in 2012.
For those hoping to see conservatism triumph in elections a year from now, these past 2 weeks have been unpleasant. Instead of going after Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, the GOP presidential candidates have only gone after each other. Then the press declared Hillary Clinton “not guilty” on all possible charges and now certain to win her party’s nomination and the White House handily. The jubilation over proven liar and likely law-breaker Hillary’s alleged triumph is enough to make one sick.
But the story coming out of Kentucky and conservative wins in elections in other parts of the country yesterday are very encouraging indeed. Democrats can lie to themselves all they like but the mood of the electorate is no more positive for them today than it was in the 2014 midterm elections.