In his new Netflix special, “Joe Mande’s Award-Winning Comedy Special,” the eponymous Joe Mande tells a long joke about going to see former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee’s Fox News show “Huckabee” after eating a pot brownie. I’m not going to ruin the joke, so just watch the special. (Or, if you don’t have Netflix, there was a less polished version of the story told on the now defunct “The Pete Holmes Show.”)
The biggest bon mot of the joke is probably Mande, incredibly high, laughing hard at Huckabee’s horrific monologue jokes and Huckabee’s sanctification from thinking he is killing. The former Governor — or, as Mande dubs him, “probably future ambassador to Chick-fil-A” — rightfully draws scorn for indulging in the fantasy he is a comedian. And Mande, a former writer on “Parks and Recreation,” has for awhile on Twitter been reaping the rewards of that idiocy. Uproxx did an article in which Mande is quoted saying of Huckabee’s tweet jokes: “Oh my god, it’s so awful….His jokes hurt. They hurt your brain to read.”
Huckabee has become a national version of the lame Dad/preacher type trying to relate to the ‘youth’ with puns and rock ‘n’ roll. Luckily, Mande fills the necessary role in response to this: a kid in the back of the church mercilessly making fun of him.
Ah, that beautiful local cycle on a national stage; it’s fun to watch.
Check out the trailer for the special here.