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Fox News’ Laura Ingraham Should Really Leave Comedy To the Professionals

Laura Ingraham and Raymond Arroyo in split screen during a Fox News segment.

A recent episode of The Ingraham Angle on Fox News went even further off the rails than usual when host Laura Ingraham and contributor Richard Arroyo appeared to attempt a comedy routine on-air.

In a segment dedicated to decrying “woke TV,” Arroyo says he recently came across a plotline about measles on the show You.

“When did I mention measles?” Ingraham asks.

“I don’t know,” Arroyo responds. “It was on You.

“What was on me?” Ingram shoots back, her face contorted to telegraph her confusion. “What are you talking about?!”

You get the picture. The two are recreating the classic Abbot and Costello “Who’s on First” routine, but poorly, centered on a years-tired dad joke about the title of the Netflix show.

The bit goes on for a full minute, with the two talking over each other and then stopping for long pauses. A lot of people seemed to think the exchange was genuine confusion and that’s understandable. You’d think a deliberate comedy bit would have better timing.

Ingraham and Arroyo have done this exact thing before—attempting some elaborate comedy bit and then mocking the “humorless left” for not realizing it was a joke without realizing themselves that their poor comedy skill are more to blame than anything else.

I suppose at the very least, this awful attempt at comedy gives them an out from having to try to provide any actual evidence to back up the absurd claim that, as their chyron states, “viewers like woke-free TV.” That statement, by the way, is based entirely on the high viewership ratings for the premiere of the new Kevin Costner show Yellowstone, something Arroyo attributes to it being “anti-woke” and not the fact that Kevin Costner is a gigantic star.

I would say Ingraham and Arroyo shouldn’t quit their day jobs but they should absolutely also quit their day jobs.

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Vivian Kane (she/her) is the Senior News Editor at The Mary Sue, where she's been writing about politics and entertainment (and all the ways in which the two overlap) since the dark days of late 2016. Born in San Francisco and radicalized in Los Angeles, she now lives in Kansas City, Missouri, where she gets to put her MFA to use covering the local theatre scene. She is the co-owner of The Pitch, Kansas City’s alt news and culture magazine, alongside her husband, Brock Wilbur, with whom she also shares many cats.