Conservative Comedian Packs Venerated Ventura Venue

By George Miller

Longtime Conservative political comedy icon Evan Sayet did his schtick for a capacity crowd at the Ventura Harbor Comedy Club— a good venue in a fabulous location, on a Sunday afternoon, September 2. Ventura is definitely not known as a Conservative haven, but you never would have known it from the audience. This act was part of the annual Ventura Comedy Festival  (watch for it next year!).

He named his show “Irredeemable Deplorables,” referring to Hillary Clinton’s infamous attack on half the nation’s Citizens during her ill-fated 2016 preseidential campaign.

Sayet, a New York born Jewish man, told the crowd that “Liberal is the default setting” for people like him from there. During his metomorphasis from left to right, he figured out how to present what he saw as the absurdities of Liberalism in a humorous light. Liberals may disagree, but I have seen some more secure ones laugh hard at Sayet’s act.

Comedian Adam Yenser. Photo: George Miller/

He exudes a unique blend of humor and political philosophy, that is as much education as entertainment. Unlike standard bashing routines, he explains the rationale for WHY. The only other name comic we know of in this space is Dennis Miller. There are some up and comers such as Sayet’s session’s warmup act that day, Adam Yenser, who acquitted himself well on stage, with a wry blend of political and everyday humor. He says he’s probably the only comic who has worked with both Evan Sayet and Ellen DeGeneres.

Yenser remarked on people who criticize Trump for allegedly wanting to “ban Muslims” when they want to ban far more. He includes social commentary in his routines, too. For example he asked why does a woman need a purse 10 times the size of a man’s wallet to keep 30% less money in?

Sayet has even written material for Donald Trump, including one of his most acerbic political attacks ever (Evan asked me NOT to name that one).

I don’t want to give away Evan’s act, so I’ll just hit on a few points to provide a flavor of what went on ….

He went on with his thesis that Liberals tend to rise to the top of professions where they don’t actually make or do antything. He contrasted what he said were more Conservative sectors like manufacturing, soldiering, with what he asserted were nonproductive jobs where nothing gets done, but lots of words are said, like acting, academia, journalism, comedy (except for stand-up political comics of course)– and politics. A bit of exaggeration, of course, but an element of truth in it- the crowd went wild.

Taking aim at Liberal comics, he said it’s hard to take those with names like Whoopi, Soupy and Shecky, saying even Bozo had to add “the Clown.”

During his catalog of naming Liberal foibles, he hit upon immaturity and remarked that someone had written a book entitled “All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten by retired Unitarian minister Robert Fulghum. Sayet was sufficiently shocked to see a call to permanent infantilism being received as great revelation. He responded with his book: The KinderGarden Of Eden: How The Modern Liberal Thinks And Why He’s Convinced That Ignorance Is Bliss.ISBN 1480010421  Amazon

He took a slight tangent along the way to inform us that things are pretty comfortable for most of us now. At one time, he asserted, getting food was a priority, then getting enough food, then getting good food, then getting gourmet food, then getting gourmet food for our cats, who were themselves gourmet food at one time :-). Critics may say that some are still hungry here, but in reality, anyone who wants food can get it, at free food pantries, food stamps, etc.

We saw many regional Conservatives and known activists there, including Bill Whittle, #WalkAway founder Brandon Straka and American Freeedom Alliance execs Dr. Karen Siegemund and Michael Greer, as well as POV (Point Of View) Founders Gloria Massey-Chinea, Deborah Baber-Savalla, Joan Lopez, respective spouses and more!

It may be that Sayet’s brand of comedy is especially attractive to fans in “blue” zones, because it is cathartic and helps relieve the pressure of countless, unrelenting confrontations with often absurd Liberal orthodoxy.


Evan Sayet, Comedian

When I asked Evan for comments on his Sunday session, he replied:

“I don’t get to do my stand-up in a lot of clubs these days.  I’m more likely to be invited to speak at political events like state, regional and national conventions.  But when I saw that Ventura was having a weeklong comedy festival, I thought it important that at least one of the shows represented both the right and the Right side of things.”
“The fact that the show sold out — and remember, this was four o’clock in the afternoon in the middle of a three day holiday — makes it very clear that there’s a major part of the comedy audience that, without my show, would have simply not taken part in the festival.”
Randy Lubas, the owner of the club says “It was absolutely one of the highlights of the entire festival.”
Lubas was the EmCee, has passion for comedy and his beloved club, which he said had 16 shows scheduled just for Labor Day weekend. He’s pretty funny, too. We applaud that comedy entertainment has taken root in Ventura, which is already a strong entertainment destination.
Original show listing:
September 02, 2018 4:00 PM

George Miller is Publisher and Co-Founder of and a “retired” operations management consultant residing in Oxnard. 

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