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March 21, 2008

Tina Fey Slams Jon Stewart For "Clapper Humor"

You know it's a major peeve of mine. Clapper humor. Jokes that aren't really funny, merely pandering to an audience's political biases or sometimes just feel-good PC-ness. You're not going for the laughs, but the claps and the forced chuckles of political approval.

Yes, I do clappers myself. Can't avoid them. In my defense, I'm writing frigging 30 jokes a day and I can't wait to put up a post just because I haven't figured out a non-hack, non-clapper joke to run with it.

But to rely on clapper "humor" almost exclusively? Tina Fey should talk, of course, as the headline suggests. She does this too -- a lot. But not as much as Jon Stewart, and it takes some pretty big balls to call him out on this.

COMEDY queen Tina Fey says that while she makes people laugh, political pundit Jon Stewart only makes them uncomfortable.

Fey tells Reader's Digest she prefers it when audience members laugh rather than applaud because, "You can prompt applause with a sign."

She added, "My friend Seth Meyers coined the term 'clapter,' which is when you do a political joke and people go, 'Woo-hoo.' It means they sort of approve but didn't really like it that much. You hear a lot of that on [whispers] 'The Daily Show.'

Thank you.

You go girl.

Thanks to Mary Katharine Ham. Just made my freakin' week.



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