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>I'm not sure it's a comedian's role or prerogative to provide political alternatives to things they rail against. Can you name any who do? I'm not asking this rhetorically, I'm honestly curious.
People like Robert Newman, Mark Thomas, Josie Long and Bridget Christie do so explicitly.
I'd argue that all comedians do so implicitly, in terms of attitude rather than stated policy. A comedian can sneer and belittle, or they can include and celebrate. They can unify or divide. They can mock the foibles of "them", or point out what "they" have in common with "us". Bernard Manning and Roy Chubby Brown aren't political comedians, but their work reflects a clear political position.
Consider Caroline Aherne and Victoria Wood. They were never overtly political, but they were powerful advocates for women and the working class. They celebrated ordinary people, they espoused a world view based on warmth and affection. They never looked down their nose at anyone, they never presented anyone as being inferior.
The theme tune to the much-derided Dinnerladies. Listen to the lyrics and you'll find a profoundly eloquent political statement. Between the lines, Wood says "Life is hard for a lot of people and I empathise with that hardship. You might wear a nylon tabard to work, but your life is just as valuable and meaningful as anyone else's. You are real and you matter."