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July 16, 2008
A Little Help for the Late Night Writers
Posted by Harvey at 11:00 AM | View blog reactions | Comments (30)

The New York Times has a piece that feebly examines why late night talk shows are avoiding skewering Obama in their monologues. Here are some of their excuses:

"The thing is, he's not buffoonish in any way,[...] He's not a comical figure"

"A lot of people are excited about his candidacy [...] It's almost like: 'Hey, don't go after this guy. He's a fresh face; cut him some slack.'"

"We're not trying to lay off the new guy"

"I think some of us were maybe too quick to caricature Al Gore and John Kerry and there's maybe some reluctance to do the same thing to him"

"Anything that has even a whiff of being racist, no one is going to laugh [...] The audience is not going to allow anyone to do that."

"I think white audiences get a little self-conscious if race comes up"

"I think it's more a problem because he's so polished, he doesn't seem to have any flaws."

"We can't manufacture a perception. If the perception isn't true, no one will laugh at it."

I can't believe these limp-wristed auto-fellators call themselves comedians. If you can't make a joke about something, it's not because the subject is unmockable, it's because you aren't trying hard enough. Hell, I made 30 jokes about Nebraska, and that's universally regarded as the boringest state in the world.


Still, Jimmy Kimmel suggests there might be ONE possible approach for these slack-mastering layabouts:

"His ears should be the focus of the jokes."

Fine, let's run with that. Here's a double handful of punchlines to the setup, "Obama's ears are SO big..."

"Yeah, I could stick my whole fist in there if I wanted to."

* ... Alfred E. Neuman took one look at them and said "if mine were that big, then I *would* worry".

* ... he can't go to the zoo without getting hit on by lady elephants. Or the boys, when he's in Frisco.

* ... Michelle nearly refused to marry him after she found out that it's NOT true what they say about the size of a man's ears.

* ... he doesn't have to attend church to listen to Rev. Wright's sermons.

* ... the thought of trying to squeeze through a revolving door makes him break out in a cold sweat.

* ... moderators at presidential candidate debates will never know he's cheating. Seriously, who's got 6 hours to inspect those things for a smuggled wireless earpiece?

* ... Curious George sued him for copyright infringement.

* ... teenagers frequently mistake them for a totally rad skate park.

* ... mobile news crews use them to get a satellite uplink.

* ... they have their own zip codes

* ... and time zones.

Personally, I recommend the Late Night Lame & Lazies either get their noses back on the grindstone or just come right out and admit that the REAL reason Obama gets a pass is that they're a bunch of humor-impaired socialist wanna-be's who wouldn't know a good joke if it jumped up and bit them on the Liberal Arts degree.

Rating: 2.2/5 (24 votes cast)

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