Liberal comedy website Funny or Die held a ten-hour stand-up comedy marathon late Wednesday into early Thursday morning to show support for the current Democrat push for more gun control.
The marathon — which reportedly began Wednesday night and lasted until 4:30 a.m. Thursday morning — was specifically launched to show support for Rep. John Lewis (D-GA-5), who led a sit-in on the House floor Wednesday to demand a vote on gun control. The sit-in ended Thursday. No gun control vote was achieved.
According to Variety, the comedy marathon was “shot at [Funny or Die’s] offices and featured a mix of comics and even an accountant who took part in the open mike.” The marathon aired live on Facebook.
Funny or Die was created by funnyman Will Ferrell, writer-director Adam McKay and screenwriter Chris Henchy in 2007. Since its inception, the company has served as a kind of cultural tastemaker of the progressive left; some of its recent productions include the 50-minute Art of the Deal “lost TV movie” parody of GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump starring Johnny Depp and a faux North Carolina “anti-gay tourism commercial.”
Speaking about Wednesday night’s comedy marathon, Owen Burke, editor and chief of content at Funny or Die told Variety: “[We] just decided to do it and at Funny or Die we always try to be nimble especially with topical issues. So we called everybody we knew to come down and luckily people obliged.”
One of the participating comics mocked southern gun owners, saying, “I just flew in from the South and boy are my firearms tired of killing innocent people.”
Amy Schumer and Julianne Moore both supported the House sit-in via Twitter. Schumer referred to House Democrats as “Dozens of House Champs” and Moore tweeted Speaker Paul Ryan to say “gun violence claims 91 American lives a day.”
Moore’s figure is inflated by about 66 percent, as 2/3 of all U.S. gun deaths are not the result of “gun violence” but suicide. The actual figure for firearm-related homicides is about 33 a day, and those largely occur in Baltimore, Chicago, Milwaukee, New Orleans, Philadelphia, Seattle, St. Louis, and other Democrat-controlled cities.
AWR Hawkins is the Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News and political analyst for Armed American Radio. Follow him on Twitter: @AWRHawkins. Reach him directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.