There has been some talk recently about comedy being too left wing. This seems to suggest that comedy, like politics is polar, which it is not!
There is an interesting analysis over on chortle on what comedy is and why trying to make it more right wing after complaining of it being too left wing merely highlights the people have no idea what there are talking about.
I am not going to argue today that comedy is or should be apolitical – society is political, and comedy reflects society. What I am going to argue is this idea of balance is erroneous because of the fundamental nature of comedy. Comedy is always counter-cultural and counter-hegemonic – by its very nature, it fights against the dominant culture and works to actively undermine it, regardless of the leanings of its proponents.