I had not thought of my "Not Funny" post as a Stewart vs Limbaugh discussion. At least, if that was my motivation, it was dark to me at the time I wrote. I was actually thinking of Eddie Izzard, Bill Cosby, Louis CK, and the Smothers Brothers.
But perhaps there is much that is worth exploring here, more than occurred to me at first go.
This is something in between an apples-to-apples, and apples-to-oranges comparison, so I don't want to get too hung up on small points. OTOH, the small points may be the revealing ones here. I would ask my very clever readers to go one direction or the other...
No. I take that back. There are smart people here. Go where you want. I think there is some general understanding of social criticism, humor, court jesters, and dominant vs outsider culture that is in this topic. Perhaps we can be truly insightful and original here, discovering a truth that will be worth holding onto.
Not that anyone will listen, of course - don't be silly - but at least a few of us will see things more clearly.