The Flipside: Michael Loftus Launches New Conservative Comedy Show

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.

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.

As Lofus tells it, comedian colleagues marveled at his new material, signaling that he had tapped into something that shouldn’t be ignored.

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.

He added that he admired Breitbart for having the courage to face hostile audiences who were booing him and rooting for him to fail.

Meanwhile, Loftus is eager about the future of his show.

Loftus marveled that, when he arrived to his first taping in Dallas, the line for the live audience was around the block.

To view a full episode of The Flipside and find out more about the show, visit the Flipside homepage.


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