Tuesday, May 02, 2006

No Sense of Humor Zone

By Larry Mondello

I have to chime in here, but I will try to resist referencing the size of Mr. Colbert's testicles.

You order gumbo, it's gonna be hot. You hire Stephen Colbert to speak, you're gonna get his shtick. Personally, I thought it was very funny, but I always think comedians who do this gig tread toward shark-jumping waters. I wonder if Lenny Bruce, had he lived, would ever have been invited.

You want a comedian who will come out and deliver a few generic "zingers" at the Prez? Hire Jay Leno, or better yet, Yakov Smirnoff (if Branson will let him go, that is).

There have been numerous references online to President Bush looking angry, not amused, dumbfounded. Hey gang, it's George W. Bush ... that's just the way he looks. It was late, way past his bedtime.

If he was truly offended, so what? Again, you should know what you're getting if you agree to show up. If all they did was to try to make GWB laugh, a few Beetle Bailey strips and they'd be set.

It might be time to stop this ridiculous little tradition of the White House Correspondents' Dinner. Sure, it's the one time of year when C-SPAN appears hip and funny and gets some national media attention. But the fact is, it's a bunch of inside-the-Beltway self-important bozos who like to prove to each other they own a tux and don't have to rent.


At 10:27 PM, Anonymous Brett said...

I think Larry is right that it could be time to stick a fork in the correspondents' dinner -- it makes me nervous to see the press who are supposed to cover the White House so chummy and wink-wink-nudge-nudge with the people they're supposed to be checking up on.

As for Colbert, I don't get him at all. He wasn't funny doing Mr. Goodwrench commercials and his show is a parody of a genre -- the Talking Head Interview/Issue Show -- that itself sinks beneath the weight of self-parody. No matter what he does with his pompous self-righteous host routine, he's never going to be more ridiculous than Bill O'Reilly is, because Colbert knows he's acting like a know-it-all jerk and O'Reilly thinks he's not.

And as for the courage he supposedly demonstrated with his routine -- get real. What was going to happen to him? Wrestled to the ground by the Secret Service? Booed off the dais by the guests? Slapped by W himself? Let him go snipe at Fidel in Havana -- then I'll agree he has courage.

But he still won't be funny.

At 1:03 AM, Blogger Michelle said...

Colbert's speech rocked.

And I do find him to be very funny.

But Lenny Bruce...would've been arrested again.


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