COMEDY

The Lonely Life Of Conservative Comics

03/07/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Have you heard this one?

"So it sure seems like celebrities latched on to President Barack Obama during the campaign. You had Chris Rock, Oprah, even Stevie Wonder.

"Stevie Wonder? Why does he care? If anybody should be colorblind ..."

If you're laughing, then comic Julia Gorin will be performing here all week, folks. The New York-based stand-up says that line went over pretty well when she launched it recently at a comedy club in Pasadena, Calif.

If you're frowning, perhaps a bit taken aback, then you represent the conservative comic's conundrum.

In a world where the TV networks, nighttime comics and major comedy clubs are dominated by liberal humor, right-­leaning funnymen continue to struggle. Even with Democrats taking over Washington, they're pessimistic about things. While the jokes will come easily, they say the laughs will be muzzled. Plus, they moan, conservatives tend not to lend much support to the comedic arts.

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