Comedians have a big beef with President Obama: he's a humor-killer, writes the LA Times. It's not just that this president lacks a defining target for humor (funny accent, balance problem, wandering eye), but also that the American public may just not be in the mood to make fun of a president during a crisis—or a black president, period.
"You can't do the stereotypical thing," a former Tonight Show writer laments. "Someone who's a Texan or an elite is much easier to attack." Combine that with the liberal leanings of most late-night joke writers, and desires to poke fun at Obama seem to fizzle. But experts think the comics will eventually return to their traditional skewering.