Fox News regular and author of It Takes A Parent: How the Culture of Pushover Parenting is Hurting our Kidsand What to Do About It, Betsy Hart, took issue with comedian Moshe Kashers recent performance at Miami University. The show was obviously adult-themed, but Hart complained that time with her precious little snowflake, who is apparently a student at the school, was destroyed by the stand-up comedians off-color jokes.
Hart, who contributes to the Tea Partys TownHall.com and Pat Robertsons Christian Broadcasting Network, cites her appearances on Bill Mahers former show, Politically Incorrect, as evidence that she is a perfect judge of what is, and is not, funny. Judging from her demands in this July 2000 episode that Ronald Reagans visage be included on U.S. currency, shes a barrel of laughs:
Hart notified Kasher of her expertise in a long-winded letter in which she complained about numerous jokes the comedian told and, though numerous people were laughing, questioned the value of the opinion of those who enjoyed the show because they are not her, and Kasher is not Jerry Seinfeld or Bob Hope.
I am a mom of a Miami University student, and I was present in the audience when you were on stage for parents weekend. I love to laugh, and I can laugh at anything intelligent.
I myself appeared on Bill Mahers Politically Incorrect show some 20 times over the years. I know what Im talking about.
Moshe, you werent funny.
Perhaps you have heard from other parents who were uncomfortable with your routine. They may not have felt forewarned that virtually the entire act would be centered around comments like, your grandmother sucked on your grandfathers d#@k get over it and watching you simulate masturbation, as they sat next to their children and grandchildren who now had something to think about all evening.
But what struck me most is that you simply were not making people truly laugh. Anybody can stand on stage, simulate masturbation, and probably get a nervous giggle. Potty humor is popular in some circles I suppose. Usually those circles are in the third grade, but so it goes.
What is hard to do is make people laugh by being intelligent, nuanced, subtle, thoughtful and insightful.
I saw Bob Hope, as a child. Im STILL laughing over his routine. No one is going to say that about yours 40 years from now.
Ive seen Jerry Seinfeld live more than once, a true comedic genius, and I laughed so hard I couldnt breath. Not even a four-letter word passed his lips. He didnt need it. The audience was simply holding their sides because he touched us where we live and that takes talent.
Other comedians from Bob Newhart to Ellen have had that gift. Im not even suggesting it always has to be positive. The late great Joan Rivers could perform verbal vivisection on others, but it worked not just because one always had the sense she was making fun of herself more than anyone but because she was creative and brilliant.
Moshe what bothered me most about your performance wasnt that it was vile, immature, and totally inappropriate for the audience. In some ways thats more Miami Universitys fault than yours and its my understanding from them that countless parents have responded negatively to the choice of entertainment this year. No, my biggest regret is that your act used up precious time I had with my daughter and it didnt even make me laugh.
I wanted you to know.
Miami University Mom
The comedian posted his response to the conservative moms concerns and it is absolutely epic.
Kasher noted that the right-wing parents obviously self-authored Wikipedia page prominently noted that she was a frequent contributor to Fox News, and chastised her for having the gall to admonish [him] for making jerk-off gestures while [Hart contributes] to the poisoning of the well of societies intellectual drinking water that that horrifying news network represents.
Kasher told the concerned mom:
It made me sad to think of you leaving my show and, instead of just getting back to enjoying your daughters company, you couldnt seem to get the image of me, feverishly pumping my dick onstage out of your closed mind- and it didnt even make you cum. I think thats a real shame.
Read his response in its entirety below. WARNING: Colorful language (of course)
I remember that show actually and I remember it being really fun and thousands of people laughing.
You know, a great disease of people in todays society is that they feel their subjective opinion can be held up to be an empirical fact. What you should have said was, You werent funny, to me and to that I would have replied, Thats because my comedy is not for you. I dont write comedy for people who think that its some kind of special gift to not have a four letter word pass your lips. That kind of prudish, parochial approach to comedy is so backwards and reductive that it immediately makes your opinion a complete fucking pile of disposable trash… to me.
I read in your obviously self-authored Wikipedia page that you are a frequent contributor to Fox News. The fact that you have the gall to admonish me for making jerk off gestures while you contribute to the poisoning of the well of societies intellectual drinking water that that horrifying news network represents is funnier than anything Bob Hope ever said. BUT AGAIN THATS JUST TO ME.
Another disease of people today is that they think that because they dont enjoy something, it is then imperative for them to inform the person who created the thing they didnt enjoy of their displeasure. But heres the thing Betsy, no one needs to know your opinion all of the time. Sometimes you can just say, well that wasnt for me and avoid the temptation to pay your discomfort forward by writing a stranger some kind of attempt at a send up of their career choices. Its just rude for the sake of being rude.
Now while you might say my routine was rude too, Id counter that thats not what its design is. Its design was and is to make people laugh. And judging by the thousands of people surrounding you who arent on the Sean Hannity call sheet (and not Bill Mahers for over a decade) I did my job that night. To be frank if I wasnt making people like you uncomfortable, Id be very concerned.
Betsy what bothers me most about your letter isnt that it was mean-spirited, unnecessary and over long. No, my biggest problem with your letter is the same as yours with my routine: It made me sad to think of you leaving my show and, instead of just getting back to enjoying your daughters company, you couldnt seem to get the image of me, feverishly pumping my dick onstage out of your closed mind- and it didnt even make you cum. I think thats a real shame.
I wanted you to know.
Miami University Motherfucker
Watch how much the audience hates Moshe Kasher, below: