The Flipside: Michael Loftus Launches New Conservative Comedy Show
In a new oral history of the venerated comedy show Saturday Night Live, James Downey, a producer at the show said, “If I had to describe [President] Obama as a comedy project, I would say, 'Degree of difficulty, 10 point 10.' It's like being a rock climber looking up at a thousand-foot-high face of solid obsidian, polished and oiled.
Comedian Michael Loftus finds that notion laughable, and he's launching a new comedy show from a conservative perspective to prove it.
“I’m gonna start cashing in,” he said with a laugh about the dearth of Obama mockery. “They’re taking it easy on the president… anybody can be made fun of,” he said in an exclusive interview with Breitbart News, pointing out even basic photos of the president were “comedy gold.”
“We’re getting on him about the golf, how can you not?” he said, adding that the show would poke fun at politicians of all stripes.
The new half-hour show is called The Flipside and is expected to air in September, 2014.
Loftus believes he has found an eager audience that is weary of increasingly diluted comedy that protects the establishment, recalling how he gradually included it in his stand-up routines at comedy clubs.
“I started doing political stuff because I just couldn’t keep my mouth shut anymore,” he said. “It just kind of all came rushing out when I was onstage, and the crowd was rolling.”
As Lofus tells it, comedian colleagues marveled at his new material, signaling that he had tapped into something that shouldn’t be ignored.
“I was doing this comedy from a right wing point of view, and it was crushing, it was so cathartic and fun and funny,” he said, recalling when he would go to the Melrose Improv Comedy Club and tell Hollywood liberals why President George W. Bush was awesome.
Apart from stand up, Loftus has a career of producing and writing shows such as Charlie Sheen’s Anger Management and the George Lopez Show. He was also the co-producer of the NBC comedy Outsourced. His brand of patriotic comedy was also featured on the History Channel’s “American Wiseass.”
The weekly show will follow the similar production model as Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, airing on the weekend on participating channels. Each episode will later be posted on the show’s website.
The challenge, Loftus explained, was to look at an entire week of news and move beyond all of the easy jokes from the daily comedians. Additionally, his show will be from a conservative perspective.
Upcoming guests include actress and conservative talk show host Janine Turner, as well as political commentator Larry Elder.
As a political conservative working in Hollywood, Loftus explained that he admired Andrew Breitbart when he would appear on television.
“I always always loved it when that dude was on Bill Maher’s show,” he said, “It was like, here’s a guy that wasn’t some stuffed shirt patsy… this isn’t bullshit, this is real.”
He added that he admired Breitbart for having the courage to face hostile audiences who were booing him and rooting for him to fail.
“That takes a super, super brave human being,” he said. “That to me is the wonderful thing about this country.”
Meanwhile, Loftus is eager about the future of his show.
“I love being the underdog, I love being the dark horse, I love flying under the radar,” he said. “I want them to be laughing and then realizing what I just said.”
Loftus marveled that, when he arrived to his first taping in Dallas, the line for the live audience was around the block.
“I just think there’s a boatload of people in all of these wonderful states,” he said, “I just think this thing is going to take off like wildfire.”
To view a full episode of The Flipside and find out more about the show, visit the Flipside homepage.