The standup comic may not be the best choice of face to put forward for a platform. When the chips are down, there is a time for seriousness that is well outside the wheelhouse for crowd management. Of course, even worse than a standup or clown would be a mime. Imagine giving a critical policy speech as a mime.
… stuck in a box … unable to get past the wall … see a glimmer of hope but fail to catch it …
All while the audience is completely perplexed. And all the time knowing that if someone gets you to break down and speak after all, the odds of your breaking out something like “and that hope is why the chicken crossed the road” or “only a sharp saw can trim our boards fast enough to limit our expansion”.
… still stuck in that box ….