Satirist and composer Tom Lehrer pipes up:
“Political satire became obsolete when Henry Kissinger was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
With audiences nowadays I see it with these late-night [TV show] people, Jay Leno, David Letterman and so on the audience applauds the jokes rather than laughs at them, which is very discouraging.
Irreverence is easy, but what is hard is wit. Wit is what these comedians lack.”