March 31, 2014

Saturday Night Live Pimps Obamacare in Unfunny Sketch
— Ace

Many on the right are claiming this sketch "makes fun" of Obama.*

There's an odd thing on the right, where they repeatedly claim that what are objectively pro-Obama sketches and claim that they're goofing on Obama or "ripping" on him.

The below sketch, written in the patented recent SNL style (by which I mean it's not funny and relies almost entirely on minor references to minor celebrities for mere "oh I know who that is" recognition reactions than actual humor value), is pro-Obama and pro-Obamacare from start to finish.

Obama is depicted as a reluctant pitchman for Obamacare. He doesn't want to embarrass himself by doing these social media stunts to advertise for Obamacare. He has more dignity (and less ego) than that.

He's only drawn into these schemes by third parties, who, in this sketch, are the butt of the joke. Here, that third party is the WH's social media outreach guru, depicted as a nerdy freak.

Whenever Obama objects to her schemes, his advisor reminds him of all the people who desperately need health insurance, whom Obama has sworn to help. And then Obama goes through with the advert.

Almost all of SNL's Obama sketches are like this now -- and by "like this" I mean "not funny." And they're specifically unfunny because they're written as relentless pieces of boosterism and apologism for Obama.

* Maybe this is semantic. When I read "makes fun of Obama," I take it to mean that Obama is the target of the jokes, that he's being attacked.

All the SNL Obama sketches do (for the past several years) is put Obama into a situation in which funny things are happening around him (well, in theory, funny things are happening around him). But this isn't "making fun of" him. At most, this is... I don't know what you'd call it. Dealing with him "irreverently," I suppose, as Life of Brian handled the Jesus story without actually making Jesus the target of jokes.

It's a standard comedy trope that when you have silly crap happening, you need someone playing "The Only Sane Man in the Room" to react to it. The audience sees its own reaction in The Only Sane Man, and winds up identifying with The Only Sane Man.

These sorts of sketches -- making Obama the put-upon Only Sane Man -- are not making fun of him. At worst for Obama, they're merely goofing on the things that a thoughtful, dignified, brilliant man must do to Get Poor People Insured.

I don't know if this frequent mischaracterization of SNL's many pro-Obama sketches as somehow "anti-Obama" is a play for viral links (in hopes that the right will link the posts celebrating the alleged sketch that "rips on" Obama), or if people on the right are so desperate to have SNL's validation that they're seeing things that just aren't present in the sketches.

Posted by: Ace at 10:30 AM | Comments (412)
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1 Bring back Dick In a Box.


Posted by: EC at March 31, 2014 10:31 AM (GQ8sn)

2 good times on snl i see...

Posted by: loneduck at March 31, 2014 10:32 AM (n+hGq)

3 And Obama kissed a man... Just like Palin could see Russia from her house...

Posted by: Romeo13 at March 31, 2014 10:32 AM (84gbM)

4 Ah SNL--a skidmark on the cultural shorts of American life. Precious and self aware, and profoundly unfunny.

Posted by: Comanche Voter at March 31, 2014 10:33 AM (wdHk6)

5 I'm not sure I can bring myself to watch it. The last time I watched some SNL skits I was horrified at the lack of funny.

Posted by: Burn the Witch at March 31, 2014 10:33 AM (HLprW)

6 The below sketch, written in the patented recent SNL style (by which I mean it's not funny and relies almost entirely on minor references to minor celebrities for mere "oh I know who that is" recognition reactions than actual humor value), is pro-Obama and pro-Obamacare from start to finish.


So who here thinks that nobody in the SNL cast     has to worry about buying their own insurance through the exchanges?     

Posted by: MWR, Proud Tea(rrorist) Party Bossy Assault Hobbit (or Beth for short) [/u][/i][/s][/b] at March 31, 2014 10:33 AM (4df7R)

7 Yep, unfortunately I had watched it, too. And, found it not funny as par for course. I'd rather watch RedEye.

Posted by: artisanal 'ette at March 31, 2014 10:34 AM (IXrOn)

8 Thanks for taking one for the team, Ace.  I couldn't get a minute into it without throwing up in my mouth a little.

Posted by: Frumious Bandersnatch at March 31, 2014 10:34 AM (JtwS4)

9 Lemme guess, the real butt of the 'joke' is the stupid Americans who just don't realize what's good for them?

Posted by: Soothsayer, corn bread assassin at March 31, 2014 10:34 AM (roFmD)

10 Good lord, they had to do the Justin Beiber thing again???


Ugh...

Posted by: EC at March 31, 2014 10:34 AM (GQ8sn)

11 You know who's to blame for SNL being unfunny now?

You guessed it... Frank Stallone.

Posted by: Norm MacDonald at March 31, 2014 10:34 AM (08jH8)

12 Not funny.

Posted by: runninrebel at March 31, 2014 10:35 AM (/dD4T)

13 Something on the front page (i1.ytimg.com) is causing it to continually load.

Posted by: Tami [/i][/b][/u][/s] at March 31, 2014 10:35 AM (bCEmE)

14 SNL hasn't been funny since just after John Belushi did "Samarai Delicatessen" and Gilda Radner did that hilariously vague Feminine hygiene product commercial (you remember the one: "Comes in two fragrances, Rose Hips . . . and Icelandic Cod").

Oh, and Mr. Bill.  Other than that, 35 years of fail.

Posted by: Sharkman at March 31, 2014 10:35 AM (TM1p8)

15 written in the patented recent SNL style (by which I mean it's not funny... Funny. That's the classical SNL style, too.

Posted by: garrett at March 31, 2014 10:35 AM (UazSi)

16 I found it odd right wing outlets were sharing it as anti-Obama/care skit, found it quite respectful of both as you point out.

Posted by: Petitedov at March 31, 2014 10:35 AM (icitl)

17 SNL should have been subjected to a death panel a decade ago.

Posted by: joncelli at March 31, 2014 10:35 AM (RD7QR)

18 Oh right....that's i1.yt.i m g.com.

Posted by: Tami [/i][/b][/u][/s] at March 31, 2014 10:36 AM (bCEmE)

19 I'd rather watch RedEye.
Posted by: artisanal 'ette at March 31, 2014 03:34 PM (IXrOn)

Or get pink eye.

Posted by: Bertram Cabot Jr. at March 31, 2014 10:36 AM (/Nxsb)

20 Not only is it not funny - but the acting is fucking horrible.

Posted by: MacGruber at March 31, 2014 10:36 AM (XxAYS)

21

The guy who got his head shot off in Pulp Fiction, he was on MadTV back in the day.

 

I bet he  could have  done a good Obama.  I think I've seen the guy who does it on SNL.  I get the impression  he only has  the job because he can sorta look like Obama.

 

Does he do anything else on the show? 

Posted by: BurtTC at March 31, 2014 10:36 AM (TOk1P)

22 If you recall, the very first SNL skit involving obama showed obama as a candidate who was 'above' all the silly politics. obama, in the skit, was real; just a good man trying to serve the public.

Posted by: Soothsayer, corn bread assassin at March 31, 2014 10:36 AM (roFmD)

23 19

I know what you mean

Posted by: Bob Costas at March 31, 2014 10:36 AM (n+hGq)

24 Chuck Todd followed, by saying obamacare can not be repealed now that it reached the 6 million mark. Oh, wait, that was that cynically comedic Today show, today.

Posted by: artisanal 'ette at March 31, 2014 10:36 AM (IXrOn)

25 SNL = Sound of No Laughter

Posted by: Captain Hate at March 31, 2014 10:37 AM (9uGT0)

26 I'll go with what Ace says since I have no patience to watch this liberal shit

Posted by: Nevergiveup at March 31, 2014 10:37 AM (t3UFN)

27

Is this going to convince anyone who is against ObamaCare to think ObamaCare is the cat's pajamas?  No.  Is this going to reach the young healthy people they need to sign up and make them sign up?  No. 

 

 

So I do not care.

Posted by: Mikey NTH - Stay Outraged, My Friends at the Outrage Outlet at March 31, 2014 10:37 AM (hLRSq)

28 Wee, wee!

Posted by: Some sad Frenchman at March 31, 2014 10:37 AM (ld2OA)

29 Be funnier if it was just Obama and Toonces the Driving Cat. Drinking Slurpees. Driving over a cliff.

Posted by: garrett at March 31, 2014 10:37 AM (UazSi)

30 President Boyfriend must be protected.

At. All. Costs.

Posted by: acethepug at March 31, 2014 10:37 AM (70eGB)

31 According to SNL (and the Media), everyone else around obama, including the American people, are the jokes.

Posted by: Soothsayer, corn bread assassin at March 31, 2014 10:38 AM (roFmD)

32 Also Fred Armisen both look and sounded more like Obama than this guy. But people got upset that a white guy was play the half-black president. So now we have a black guy playing a half-white president. Problem is basic physics and beauty schools show us it's easier to darken light skin than lighten dark skin. Also hard to do -- make lips skinnier. Obama is a thin-lipped motherfucker. You can put a skinny guy in a fat suit. You can't put a fat guy in a skinny suit.

Posted by: Flatbush Joe at March 31, 2014 10:38 AM (ZPrif)

33 It's hard to have interest in the mundane. Elvis is dead and ace doesn't feel so good himself.

Posted by: Meremortal, something's burning.... at March 31, 2014 10:38 AM (1Y+hH)

34 Apologies not accepted.

Posted by: wth at March 31, 2014 10:38 AM (wAQA5)

35 "The guy who got his head shot off in Pulp Fiction, he was on MadTV back in the day." Does this look like dead n****r storage to you?

Posted by: Quentin at March 31, 2014 10:38 AM (gOoFi)

36 This is fucking painful.

Posted by: Burn the Witch at March 31, 2014 10:39 AM (HLprW)

37 I get my laughs from the WaPo commenters. One actually said, when pointed out that the Democrats get more big money from corporations than the GOP, that it was because those companies supporting the Democrats were normal, compared to those giving to the GOP. lol normal companies give to the Democrats abnormal companies give to the GOP comedy titanium

Posted by: artisanal 'ette at March 31, 2014 10:39 AM (IXrOn)

38 "Almost all of SNL's Obama sketches are like this now -- and by "like this" I mean "not funny." And they're specifically unfunny because they're written as relentless pieces of boosterism and apologism for Obama." SNL hasn't been funny in decades. It all ended with Cowbell.

Posted by: tangonine at March 31, 2014 10:39 AM (x3YFz)

39 Be funnier if it was just Obama and Toonces the Driving Cat.
Drinking Slurpees.
Driving over a cliff. Posted by: garrett at March 31, 2014 03:37 PM



Into a ditch.

Posted by: huerfano at March 31, 2014 10:39 AM (bAGA/)

40 Ace is spot-on about this. The usual right-wing bloggers and pundits have all been shrieking in unison "ZOMG, SNL mocked Obama!!!!1!eleventy!" Wrong, wrong, wrong. And while we're at it, could all RW bloggers and pundits PLEASE stop with the "ZOMG, FOX's ratings are eleventy times higher that CNN, MSNBC, Headline News and Al-Jazeera COMBINED!!!!1!eleventy!!!" SHIT? Just Stop. Please fucking stop.

Posted by: Citizen X at March 31, 2014 10:39 AM (7ObY1)

41

>>"There's an odd thing on the right, where they repeatedly claim that what are objectively pro-Obama sketches and claim that they're goofing on Obama or "ripping" on him."

 

Dead-on. A strange and ubiquitous phenomenon. Maybe it's denial or wishful thinking. So many people on the right just want to believe so badly that the media is turning on Obama. No, they're not. And no, they won't. Ever. Ever. Figure it out.

Posted by: rrpjr at March 31, 2014 10:40 AM (s/yC1)

42 >>>You can put a skinny guy in a fat suit. You can't put a fat guy in a skinny suit.

Posted by: Flatbush Joe at March 31, 2014 03:38 PM (ZPrif)<<<



Rubbish!

♫ Faaaaat man in a little coat... ♫

Posted by: Chris Farley at March 31, 2014 10:40 AM (08jH8)

43 It's like that old SNL bit where Reagan was secretly a bad-ass and the old fogey bit was an act. That was a great ad for Reagan.

Posted by: Flatbush Joe at March 31, 2014 10:41 AM (ZPrif)

44 I'm sure SNL ran the script past the WH first.

Posted by: artisanal 'ette at March 31, 2014 10:41 AM (IXrOn)

45 The reference-masking-as-a-joke thing. McFarlane-ism at its finest. Also, super lazy.

Posted by: AMDG at March 31, 2014 10:41 AM (eFytx)

46

14 -

 

You  can't possibly have seen any of the Phil Hartman  era then.

 

 

Posted by: BurtTC at March 31, 2014 10:41 AM (TOk1P)

47 Maybe Ace should post that first obama skit. It was in 2007 or early 2008. hillary clinton and obama are at a costume party (maybe it was Halloween), and hillary carefully selected her costume while obama showed up as...obama, because he was real.

Posted by: Soothsayer, corn bread assassin at March 31, 2014 10:41 AM (roFmD)

48 Me no clicky, no.

Did you see Flash Gordon where the guys had to put their hands into the holes in the tree trunk? Yeah, like that. SNL will cause a slow painful death and nobody to put me out of my misery.

Posted by: Clutch Cargo at March 31, 2014 10:42 AM (pgQxn)

49 Into a ditch. In my mind it was straight out of the ditch and over a cliff.

Posted by: garrett at March 31, 2014 10:42 AM (UazSi)

50 SNL was funny when it made absurd observations about American life and politics. Now that American life and politics are absurd... they find humor to be more difficult.

Posted by: Meremortal, something's burning.... at March 31, 2014 10:42 AM (1Y+hH)

51 Somebody needs to take SNL out to the pecan farm and tell it to "look at the flowers, just look at the flowers."

Posted by: wooga at March 31, 2014 10:42 AM (Z0lC1)

52 In before "they haven't been funny since Garret Morris left"!

Posted by: weft cut-loop [/i][/b] at March 31, 2014 10:42 AM (VG9IS)

53 Additive makeup is easier than subtractive makeup. It's pretty much only with CGI that subtractive effects even became remotely decent.

Posted by: Flatbush Joe at March 31, 2014 10:43 AM (ZPrif)

54 Not on Obama but related to Obamacare and I thought it was amusing: http://www.investors.com/editorial-cartoons/michael-ramirez

Posted by: FenelonSpoke at March 31, 2014 10:43 AM (XyM/Y)

55 The only time Chris Farley made me laugh was when I found out he was dead.

Posted by: Captain Hate at March 31, 2014 10:43 AM (9uGT0)

56 Just terrible. I mean really terrible, and that's their open.

Posted by: Dr Spank at March 31, 2014 10:43 AM (slXFW)

57 SNL goes all edgy next week with it's "pull my finger" sketch.

Posted by: Roy at March 31, 2014 10:44 AM (VndSC)

58 54 It's pretty much only with CGI that subtractive effects even became remotely decent. Yeah, those guys can build a hellofa website too.

Posted by: akula51[/b][/i][/s] at March 31, 2014 10:44 AM (ye4Wk)

59 Seriously, I can do a pretty damn good Obama.

Posted by: Ted Danson at March 31, 2014 10:44 AM (8ZskC)

60 The reference-masking-as-a-joke thing. McFarlane-ism at its finest. Also, super lazy. --- But super profitable. Get's ratings. SNL has sucked for years but is doing good ratings. Which means they'll keep doing it.

Posted by: Flatbush Joe at March 31, 2014 10:44 AM (ZPrif)

61 The Media keeps mentioning how this is "the final day to sign up" for obamacare, but they don't mention what will happen to those who do not sign up. Meanwhile, the GOP are crickets.

Posted by: Soothsayer, corn bread assassin at March 31, 2014 10:44 AM (roFmD)

62 They were cfuking up left and right at the beginning of the skit, but if you listen closely, somebody even dicks up the "Live from New York, it's Saturday Night!" bit.

Posted by: Burn the Witch at March 31, 2014 10:44 AM (HLprW)

63 Damned if I'm gonna sit through a commercial to watch an unfunny SNDOA skit.

Posted by: maddogg at March 31, 2014 10:45 AM (xWW96)

64 You know "Sean" is going to be showing this tonight thinking it's funny.

Ignorance is bliss. I'm so jealous of my wife's mentally disabled brother sometimes. Funny how he wonders why Obama's not wearing a helmet too.

Posted by: Clutch Cargo at March 31, 2014 10:45 AM (pgQxn)

65 "There's an odd thing on the right, where they repeatedly claim that what are objectively pro-Obama sketches and claim that they're goofing on Obama or "ripping" on him."
===============

Is this kind of misunderstanding to the Right, though? I think it's just that most people simply don't  understand comedy. In that case the analysis goes no further than this:

(a) SNL depicts Obama; ergo
(b) SNL must be making jokes about Obama.

Posted by: Kensington (@NYKensington) at March 31, 2014 10:45 AM (/AHDz)

66 55 The only time Chris Farley made me laugh was when I found out he was dead. Posted by: Captain Hate at March 31, 2014 03:43 PM (9uGT0) dude... "..van down by the river!" c'mon.

Posted by: tangonine at March 31, 2014 10:45 AM (x3YFz)

67 I mean "is this kind of misunderstanding LIMITED to the Right"?

Posted by: Kensington (@NYKensington) at March 31, 2014 10:45 AM (/AHDz)

68

I so want to see a sketch anywhere on TV goofing on Kerry (or Obama) carrying an umbrella off a plane while waving a sheaf of papers and crowing, "Peace In Our Time."

 

'Cause it sure feels like 1938. 

Posted by: rd at March 31, 2014 10:45 AM (D+lxs)

69 The only time Chris Farley made me laugh was when I found out he was dead.


Unfortunately, that's an act you can't take on the road.

Posted by: Cicero (@cicero) at March 31, 2014 10:46 AM (8ZskC)

70

55 -

 

Coincidentally enough, Captain, I think this is the first time  you made ME laugh!

Posted by: BurtTC at March 31, 2014 10:46 AM (TOk1P)

71 Actual comment on Roll Call post about GOP's increased chances of taking the Senate:

"There's probably a cabal meeting right now looking at a plan to install Boehner as President and suspend the 2016 elections."

Now that's what I call funny.

Posted by: jeannebodine at March 31, 2014 10:46 AM (2LJqa)

72 Since CHM doesn't cover vaccinations, weirdly, I had to go to the public clinic to get them today for my 15 mth old. $10/shot. Not bad at all. Anyway, while I was there they had all sorts of materials pimping Obamacare. They sign in form even asked if I were aware of the Obamacare exchange and asked if I had signed up. Here were the options: Have you heard of the ACA exchanges? Yes No Have you tried to sign up Yes No If You tried to sign up,why didn't you Too Expensive Too Confusing If You didn't try to sign up why not? Thought it would be too expensive Thought it would be too confusing Didn't have time. I checked that Too Expensive box hard. Who knows if that's seen by anyone at all, but I thought it was pretty interesting that the expense is noted as one of two reasons not to sign up considering how hard they're touting it as "affordable."

Posted by: Lauren at March 31, 2014 10:46 AM (hFL/3)

73 After a couple years paying for and not using MLBTV. com's lower tier of Internet service, which includes radio broadcasts from either team's home city, video highlights, etc., but no video streaming, I finally found an app in the Google Play store that allows me to play it on Android. It's a self-renewing subscription, and I've never remembered to cancel it.

Posted by: Lincolntf at March 31, 2014 10:46 AM (ZshNr)

74 "Meanwhile, the GOP are crickets."
===============

This is not the hill to die on.

Posted by: Mitch McConnell at March 31, 2014 10:46 AM (/AHDz)

75 We're so damned desperate for any hint of fairness that we take this unfunny Obama apologia as "anti-Obama." But, then again, if something tries to be pro-Obama, and is utterly lame and unfunny, maybe it, in fact, IS anti-Obama. Or something.

Posted by: notropis at March 31, 2014 10:47 AM (bvlUm)

76 69 Unfortunately, that's an act you can't take on the road.

Whad'ya mean? Never heard of a hearse?

Posted by: Clutch Cargo at March 31, 2014 10:47 AM (pgQxn)

77 Family Guys is lazy and sucks -- and is consistently one of the top-rated shows on TV and has been for years and years. Most days on cable there are multiple Family Guy reruns in the top 10 of ratings. Often with an American Dad as well. McFarlane's lazy reference humor is a freakin gold mine.

Posted by: Flatbush Joe at March 31, 2014 10:47 AM (ZPrif)

78 Next week the skit on Obama will be how he wanted to help all those poor unfortunate law abiding undocumented immigrants by releasing them from custody, but those mean hateful bigoted white Republicans would only let him release 68,000 of them. Sure it's not funny, but that's the point.

Posted by: BCochran1981 - Credible Hulk at March 31, 2014 10:47 AM (da5Wo)

79 "Ignorance is bliss. I'm so jealous of my wife's mentally disabled brother sometimes. " You feel sorry for them but then you realize that most of them don't have a care in the world.

Posted by: Ricardo Kill at March 31, 2014 10:47 AM (gOoFi)

80 In the early days SNL was funny. Some very good bits and comedians had gone through the show, and I would watch it. Then, the funniest stuff was before weekend update, which became unfunny. Now, they can't even open it with anything to make me want to watch more of it.

Posted by: Bruce at March 31, 2014 10:47 AM (AmKXP)

81 "Unfortunately, that's an act you can't take on the road." No encores either.

Posted by: Ricardo Kill at March 31, 2014 10:48 AM (gOoFi)

82 renoB as President? Now thats funny. In reality, he should be working in a dog grooming establishment. A good job for him would be milking anal glands.

Posted by: maddogg at March 31, 2014 10:48 AM (xWW96)

83
One of the few funny SNL President skits:

President Reagan Mastermind

Phil Hartman is President Reagan, in a sketch that explores the possibility that Reagan just plays dumb, but in reality is the brilliant mastermind that runs everything.

Vid: http://tinyurl.com/lhjsbp3

Posted by: Laurie David's Cervix at March 31, 2014 10:48 AM (kdS6q)

84 Guy not Guys

Posted by: Flatbush Joe at March 31, 2014 10:48 AM (ZPrif)

85 OBAMACARE REAL ENROLLMENT: JUST 1.7% OF UNINSURED COVERED breitbart: Even conceding the White House its alleged six million enrollment figure (which, again, includes duplicates and incomplete applications), that would mean that just 810,000 of paying Obamacare customers were previously uninsured, a figure that represents 1.7% of America's 48.6 million uninsured people. Indeed, most of those the White House counts as Obamacare enrollees are among the five million who had their health insurance plans canceled due to Obamacare. Laugh on that liberals

Posted by: Nevergiveup at March 31, 2014 10:48 AM (t3UFN)

86 "I checked that Too Expensive box hard. Who knows if that's seen by anyone at all, but I thought it was pretty interesting that the expense is noted as one of two reasons not to sign up considering how hard they're touting it as "affordable." Might not want to answer the door from here on out.

Posted by: Burn the Witch at March 31, 2014 10:48 AM (HLprW)

87 Attack of the living deadline- A "Hope and Change" cartoon" http://tinyurl.com/m2nq35b You could get Ace, Michael Ramirez, the guy who does the "hope and change" cartoons or any number of people here and they could do a funnier skit on Obamacare.

Posted by: FenelonSpoke at March 31, 2014 10:49 AM (XyM/Y)

88 79 Posted by: Ricardo Kill at March 31, 2014 03:47 PM (gOoFi)
/\ This. He's too happy to feel sorry for.
I wish I thought cutting cardboard up into little pieces was the greatest thing in the world. Next to bacon.

And the dude knows how to cook bacon. Perfectly.

Posted by: Clutch Cargo at March 31, 2014 10:49 AM (pgQxn)

89 Meanwhile, the GOP are crickets.

Posted by: Soothsayer, corn bread assassin at March 31, 2014 03:44 PM (roFmD)



That wasn't crickets; that was large amounts of cash being given to RINOs on Amelia Island.

Posted by: Captain Hate at March 31, 2014 10:49 AM (9uGT0)

90 Remember, the mainstream media do not report the mainstream news, they fabricate the mainstream news.

Posted by: Soothsayer, corn bread assassin at March 31, 2014 10:49 AM (roFmD)

91 ideologue humor. "Sarah Palin is a Jerk" Ha Ha HA ! Republicans are racists! Ha Ha Ha! Propaganda is never funny

Posted by: Dale the witless at March 31, 2014 10:50 AM (kzxV0)

92 I think it's just that most people simply don't understand comedy. Posted by: Kensington (@NYKensington) at March 31, 2014 03:45 PM (/AHDz) um. So your saying that if it's "funny" and people don't laugh then it's the audience's fault that there's no humorous exchange between comedian and audience. Yeah. Advice: don't go into comedy. Also, just as some side advice, if you are in advertising and no one buys your product, it's the consumer's fault, because obviously the advertising was so clever they didn't understand it. /long stare

Posted by: tangonine at March 31, 2014 10:50 AM (x3YFz)

93 Comedy is hard.

Posted by: Lorne Michaels at March 31, 2014 10:50 AM (8ZskC)

94

66 -

 

Trying out  for Chippendales with Patrick Swayze...

 

Remember when he would do interviews with famous people (I think  their actual guests, like Paul McCartney)?  He was supposed to be like a local reporter or something, I guess, and  he would be all tongue-tied...  they say that really wasn't too far off his natural personality. 

Posted by: BurtTC at March 31, 2014 10:50 AM (TOk1P)

95 The only time Chris Farley made me laugh was when I found out he was dead.

You disliked him that much?

I got blind linked to the photo of his corpse the hooker took.  It stuck with me.  He's enormously fat with white foam coming out of his mouth.

I didn't like his humor, and he was enormously selfish, but I don't understand hate of the guy.

Posted by: bonhomme[/i][/b][/i][/b][/s][/s] at March 31, 2014 10:50 AM (2hTlI)

96 Seriously, how much better are the SNL ratings compared to Ronan Farrow? I stopped watching SNL years & years ago. I just don't see it as funny. If I wanted left wing propaganda I'll get it somewhere else.

Posted by: Misanthopic Humanitarian at March 31, 2014 10:50 AM (HVff2)

97 Admittedly I don't watch SNL very much anymore, but when I do, I'm always struck by how much they rely on doing sketches based on fake TV talk shows.

I watched the last hour of the Lena Dunham episode, and I think only one sketch didn't fit that pattern -- the stupid man-bashing one with the racist latina stereotype played by the otherwise hot Cecily Strong.

Posted by: Kensington (@NYKensington) at March 31, 2014 10:51 AM (/AHDz)

98 I agree, Ace.  The MO of this division of the Praetorian Guard involves making 1/4-hearted attempts at mocking Obama to give the impression "there's simply no funny there; nothing to mock or ridicule."  It's disgusting.

Separately, this crew isn't very funny, but they show enough talent to out themselves per the above comment.

The alien skit that I saw on line (didn't air, apparently) was actually funny.

Posted by: ParisParamus (@ParisParamus) at March 31, 2014 10:51 AM (CkjRf)

99 43 It's like that old SNL bit where Reagan was secretly a bad-ass and the old fogey bit was an act. That was a great ad for Reagan. Posted by: Flatbush Joe


That was a hilarious skit by the last, great cast.

Posted by: Dr Spank at March 31, 2014 10:51 AM (slXFW)

100 81 "Unfortunately, that's an act you can't take on the road." No encores either. Posted by: Ricardo Kill at March 31, 2014 03:48 PM (gOoFi) Welll....

Posted by: Jesus at March 31, 2014 10:51 AM (84gbM)

101 "That wasn't crickets; that was large amounts of cash being given to RINOs on Amelia Island." I blame BCochran. They were in his neck of the woods and he didn't break it up.

Posted by: Burn the Witch at March 31, 2014 10:51 AM (HLprW)

102 oh, and... in my ass.

Posted by: Soothsayer, corn bread assassin at March 31, 2014 10:51 AM (roFmD)

103 "Might not want to answer the door from here on out." Yeah, definitely thought of that. That survey was "anonymous" though so hopefully no thugs will be tracking me down.

Posted by: Lauren at March 31, 2014 10:51 AM (hFL/3)

104 Flatbush, Not denying it is successful. Still makes it lazy. But honestly, comedy is getting neutered. The whole #CancelColbert thing was stupid other than maybe (yeah, right) showing some liberals that PC can go too far.

Posted by: AMDG at March 31, 2014 10:51 AM (eFytx)

105 92 I think it's just that most people simply don't understand comedy. Posted by: Kensington (@NYKensington) at March 31, 2014 03:45 PM (/AHDz Oh fuck, here we go again. Now Comedians are noble I suspect. And I'm too dumb to understand comedy? Go play with yourself.

Posted by: Misanthopic Humanitarian at March 31, 2014 10:52 AM (HVff2)

106
Phil Hartman is President Reagan, in a sketch that explores the possibility that Reagan just plays dumb, but in reality is the brilliant mastermind that runs everything.



One of the best skits from the golden years of SNL.

Posted by: EC at March 31, 2014 10:52 AM (GQ8sn)

107 91 ideologue humor. "Sarah Palin is a Jerk" Ha Ha HA ! Republicans are racists! Ha Ha Ha! Propaganda is never funny Posted by: Dale the witless at March 31, 2014 03:50 PM (kzxV0) South Park was on to this early when they had Whoopi Goldberg hosting the Oscars saying, "Republicans are stupid. I hate Republicans." and getting laughs.

Posted by: AmishDude at March 31, 2014 10:53 AM (T0NGe)

108 Again - "The Media" is not the problem. SNL has no moral or any other reason not to be the Socialist shills they are. The problem is the people who watch it and consider it important and then talk about it like it matters. That includes, of course, Conservatives.

Posted by: Fyscyl Clyff at March 31, 2014 10:53 AM (ME3z1)

109 And the economics of Family Guy are great since McFarlane does so many of the voices. Most hit TV shows run into the problem of the cast demanding ever more money -- happened to ER, Friends, Seinfeld, basically all long-run successful shows. Eventually it's barely profitable to produce, the actors capture all the profit. Good for them. Animated shows that's less of a problem. But even with the Simpsons, after a decade plus of being a top show, the voice actors finally were able to demand more money. McFarlane gets to capture all that cash himself. He's gotta be rich as hell at this point. And the money keeps flowing.

Posted by: Flatbush Joe at March 31, 2014 10:53 AM (ZPrif)

110 Also, just as some side advice, if you are in advertising and no one buys your product, it's the consumer's fault, because obviously the advertising was so clever they didn't understand it. /long stare Posted by: tangonine at March 31, 2014 03:50 PM (x3YFz) which is why you need to sign up for Obamacare TODAY!!!

Posted by: White House at March 31, 2014 10:53 AM (84gbM)

111 I blame BCochran. They were in his neck of the woods and he didn't break it up. Posted by: Burn the Witch at March 31, 2014 03:51 PM (HLprW) *sigh* Thanks for reminding me. I'm pretty sure that I wouldn't have been able to make bail, soooo....

Posted by: BCochran1981 - Credible Hulk at March 31, 2014 10:53 AM (da5Wo)

112 There was a clip of some comedian making fun of Obama during 2009 as if Obama was a mentally challenged person whom everybody had to stick up for "Because he tries really, really hard." . It was funny. It seems to have disappeared now. Not political correct, I suppose. And no, I don't think it's o.k. to make fun of handicapped people. It was funny simply because Obama is supposed to be a world class brain when theres no indication of it at all.

Posted by: FenelonSpoke at March 31, 2014 10:53 AM (XyM/Y)

113 Do you know that song What's It All About, Alfie? we need a song Wha't Funny And Not Funny, Ace?

Posted by: Soothsayer, corn bread assassin at March 31, 2014 10:54 AM (roFmD)

114 Thanks for reminding me. I'm pretty sure that I wouldn't have been able to make bail, soooo.... Posted by: BCochran1981 - Credible Hulk at March 31, 2014 03:53 PM (da5Wo) Moron Bail-a-thon, dude.

Posted by: Misanthopic Humanitarian at March 31, 2014 10:54 AM (HVff2)

115 I can give them credit for acknowledging just how in the tank blacks are for Obama: http://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live/video/hows-he-doing/n42645 (Still mostly unfunny though)

Posted by: Just AGuy at March 31, 2014 10:54 AM (5tHN/)

116 In the early days SNL was funny. Even then, it was only funny occasionally. When George Carlin died, they showed the very first episode. It sucked. As one of the early viewers, I can attest to the fact that if you weren't stoned, it just wasn't funny, although whoever did JB in this skit was humorous. Mildly.

Posted by: BackwardsBoy, who did not vote for this shit [/i][/s][/b][/u] at March 31, 2014 10:54 AM (0HooB)

117 "Welll.... Posted by: Jesus at March 31, 2014 Oh, come on.... :}

Posted by: Ricardo Kill at March 31, 2014 10:55 AM (gOoFi)

118 Posted by: Misanthopic Humanitarian at March 31, 2014 03:52 PM (HVff2) Thus.... Todays comedy is like Modern Art?

Posted by: Romeo13 at March 31, 2014 10:55 AM (84gbM)

119 The #CancelColbert thing was started by a hard left asian activist chick, Suey Park. Malkin stupidly got on board to try and hurt Colbert. Park is a hard-lefty who hates White Privilege and wants asians to be as protected as blacks from having mean things said about them -- she still wants to hate all things whitey, of course.

Posted by: Flatbush Joe at March 31, 2014 10:55 AM (ZPrif)

120 Colbert and John Stewart are great comedians. Also, jackasses.

Posted by: tangonine at March 31, 2014 10:55 AM (x3YFz)

121 Being an older guy I hear "The only sane man in the room" and I instantly think of Oliver Wendell Douglas on Green Acres.

Posted by: Bertram Cabot Jr. at March 31, 2014 10:55 AM (/Nxsb)

122 Moron Bail-a-thon, dude. Posted by: Misanthopic Humanitarian at March 31, 2014 03:54 PM (HVff2) Yeah....I'm pretty sure a half empty bottle of Val-U-Rite, a 1987 Playboy and $7.83, in nickels and pennies, wouldn't cut it.

Posted by: BCochran1981 - Credible Hulk at March 31, 2014 10:56 AM (da5Wo)

123
Meanwhile, the GOP are crickets.
Posted by: Soothsayer




The more inclusive term is Gryllidae-American, you racist.

*chirp*

Posted by: John Boehner Rubbing His Hind Legs Together

Posted by: Laurie David's Cervix at March 31, 2014 10:56 AM (kdS6q)

124 I thought Colbert's ching chong ding dong joke was funny. Snyder's native american foundation is blatantly just trying to buy people off.

Posted by: Flatbush Joe at March 31, 2014 10:56 AM (ZPrif)

125 Animated shows that's less of a problem. But even with the Simpsons, after a decade plus of being a top show, the voice actors finally were able to demand more money.

Now that Simpsons' ratings are sliding, the actors are being forced to take less money.  They tried to negotiate some of the back end money to shore up their salaries.  Fox said, "Screw".

Posted by: bonhomme[/i][/b][/i][/b][/s][/s] at March 31, 2014 10:56 AM (2hTlI)

126 OT: In regards to the Common Core Bill of Rights thing in the side bar, I wrote about that about 5 months ago: http://tinyurl.com/my55x3x

Posted by: The Political Hat at March 31, 2014 10:57 AM (CTCNK)

127 We've been bitching at "The Media" for years... I think we need to change the way we regard The Media. Our attitude needs to be more... "of course the Leftists at SNL are shilling for Leftists. That's what Leftists do." Rather than being outraged by it - we need to regard it for what it is - dying gasps of a dying breed of media. That means we won.

Posted by: Fyscyl Clyff at March 31, 2014 10:57 AM (ME3z1)

128

107 -

 

Last time I checked (a couple years ago), South Park was making episodes where Republicans are stupid and Michelle Obama is sensible,  and not at all someone   for whom it is  worth  them  joking  about. 

Posted by: BurtTC at March 31, 2014 10:57 AM (TOk1P)

129 SCTV was always funnier than SNL....by leaps and bounds.

Posted by: Tami [/i][/b][/u][/s] at March 31, 2014 10:58 AM (bCEmE)

130 >>>45 The reference-masking-as-a-joke thing. McFarlane-ism at its finest. Also, super lazy. Posted by: AMDG at March 31, 2014 03:41 PM (eFytx) Hey picking up those balls all day is really hard work.

Posted by: Manatee at March 31, 2014 10:58 AM (z/Ubi)

131 "1987 Playboy" The pages, they're not all stuck together, right? I'll give you $5 for it.

Posted by: Ricardo Kill at March 31, 2014 10:58 AM (gOoFi)

132 Seriously, how much better are the SNL ratings compared to Ronan Farrow? SNL recently got about 2.7million of the 18-49 demo. O'Reilly gets about that number total, but about 0.5million of the demo. Being a sketch show, I don't know how much of their business model depends these days on replays on Hulu, etc. but it's very easy for them to go viral. But it's not an expensive show, I suppose, so it can get worse ratings and stay afloat.

Posted by: AmishDude at March 31, 2014 10:58 AM (T0NGe)

133 This is breaking news .. I'm just getting a report of a child murdered in Colorado A young boy named Kenny McCormick was killed earlier today...

Posted by: Ronan Farrow at March 31, 2014 10:58 AM (aTXUx)

134 SNL has sucked for a looooong time. This crapfest of a show gave us Joe Piscopo, Victoria Jackson and Tina Fey all of whom who sucked ass and are not funny. The only reason it is on TV is for the Libtards to have something to talk about. I would rather watch Frank's bastard child what's his name.

Posted by: IrishEd at March 31, 2014 10:58 AM (D0NZx)

135 129 SCTV was always funnier than SNL....by leaps and bounds. Posted by: Tami at March 31, 2014 03:58 PM (bCEmE Yes, it was.

Posted by: Misanthopic Humanitarian at March 31, 2014 10:58 AM (HVff2)

136 You feel sorry for them but then you realize that most of them don't have a care in the world.

Posted by: Ricardo Kill at March 31, 2014 03:47 PM (gOoFi)

 

 

------------------------------------------

 

 

I'm going to learn how to do frontal lobotomies.  I'm going to cash in on this downfall.

Posted by: Soona at March 31, 2014 10:58 AM (NM86I)

137 SNL skits are 'parodies' of Obama's White House pitchmen for Obama's health insurance schemes in the same way that 'Joe Isuzu' were parodies of car salesmen.


Posted by: The Reluctant Smythe at March 31, 2014 10:59 AM (dXKDj)

138 OT but I am so infuriated with my employer right now.  They seem to be really invested in making me a mediocre employee instead of a great one.

Posted by: DangerGirl at March 31, 2014 10:59 AM (GrtrJ)

139 "Park is a hard-lefty who hates White Privilege and wants asians to be as protected as blacks from having mean things said about them -- she still wants to hate all things whitey, of course. Posted by: Flatbush Joe at March 31, 2014 03:55 PM (ZPrif) If they weren't so good at the math!!! but seriously, when have asians been discriminated against (well, after that whole Japanese internment thing by that democrat)? Shit, all the stereotypes are about kung fu and math! I want that stereotype! Stereotype me that way, please?

Posted by: tangonine at March 31, 2014 10:59 AM (x3YFz)

140 There ought to be some way to update this skit with someone as Obama talking about Obamacare: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qbWI9xIGba4 The Johnny Carson skit of a politician taking a lie detector test. I have seen it quite a few times and it still makes me laugh:

Posted by: FenelonSpoke at March 31, 2014 10:59 AM (XyM/Y)

141 "Even then, it was only funny occasionally." Yeah, but they usually had a couple of skits that were funny. And almost all casts had multiple skits that became part of common pop culture references. Each cast was capable of producing laughs. This crew? Have any of their skits gone viral? Been quote worthy? Made you laugh out loud?

Posted by: Burn the Witch at March 31, 2014 10:59 AM (HLprW)

142 All you have to do is look at the ads during SNL. It's a cash-cow. And so is MSNBC. Ratings don't mean shit. $$ revenue does.

Posted by: Soothsayer, corn bread assassin at March 31, 2014 10:59 AM (roFmD)

143 The last truly funny thing I saw on SNL was the rap about Twizzlers and Mr Pibb being CRAZY DELCIOUS.

Posted by: eleven at March 31, 2014 11:00 AM (GXZgZ)

144 ideologue humor. "Sarah Palin is a Jerk" Ha Ha HA ! Republicans are racists! Ha Ha Ha! Propaganda is never funny

Posted by: Dale the witless at March 31, 2014 03:50 PM (kzxV0)

 

 

It isn't funny when the Left does it and it is not funny when the Right does it.  All it does is reinforce the True Believer and make that person happy.

Posted by: Mikey NTH - Stay Outraged, My Friends at the Outrage Outlet at March 31, 2014 11:00 AM (hLRSq)

145 138 OT but I am so infuriated with my employer right now. They seem to be really invested in making me a mediocre employee instead of a great one. Posted by: DangerGirl at March 31, 2014 03:59 PM (GrtrJ That seems to be a universal problem with companies over say 5-10 employees. Been there, done that, rinse, repeat.

Posted by: Misanthopic Humanitarian at March 31, 2014 11:01 AM (HVff2)

146 McFarlane has created 3 hit shows now. Two of which, Family Guy and American Dad, are on constant run in syndication and probably will be for the next decade. Or two. The gusher of cash that creates has to be amazing. McFarlane. I see Forbes estimate that he made $55M in 2013. He's gonna be Oprah rich since he owns the IP.

Posted by: Flatbush Joe at March 31, 2014 11:01 AM (ZPrif)

147 I think SNL actually made fun of SNL.

Posted by: SH at March 31, 2014 11:01 AM (gmeXX)

148 Moron Bail-a-thon, dude. Posted by: Misanthopic ---------------- "And we're gonna leave this thread up until the bail is raised for Cochran. Just be thankful that we aren't running podcasts playing Yanni."

Posted by: Mike Hammer at March 31, 2014 11:01 AM (aDwsi)

149 Posted by: The Political Hat at March 31, 2014 03:57 PM (CTCNK) Just found out that the Common Core standards are Copyrighted... so you can only use them for paying a company to use them.... and cannot CHANGE them without permission... Anddddd... any change they make will have to be reflected in NEW TEXTBOOKS... based on those standards... Common Core is the Obamacare of Education... its the synthesis of Federal Power, and crony capitalism... being forced onto the people in the name of doing something good.

Posted by: Romeo13 at March 31, 2014 11:02 AM (84gbM)

150 There is no fun in Islam

Posted by: NYC Parent at March 31, 2014 11:02 AM (HEo6y)

151 Obama would be the easiest president to lampoon since Nixon. But they won't do it because he's black

Posted by: Bevel Lemelisk at March 31, 2014 11:03 AM (TAP/5)

152

Man, I dunno. Not all that is called humor is funny, nor is it meant to be actually. Really scathing satire certainly isn't funny, if the target is general rather than specific.

 

I'm not saying that's what this is. It's not satirizing the entirety of our system. Unless one would argue it is. Which I don't think the entire cast of SNL has the braincells to muster up.

 

The only form of humor the Liberal set has down pat is really sarcasm anyway. The rest is all   goon humor. Maybe thats why SNL is so tiresome now.

Posted by: Bigby's Chapped Hands at March 31, 2014 11:03 AM (3ZtZW)

153 I put on my new Foster Grants and they completely blocked all of the UV Rays hiitting Earth. I repeat, the Sun is dead.

Posted by: Ronan Farrow at March 31, 2014 11:03 AM (ZshNr)

154 Suey Park is left-wing asian feminist activist. If she's like most left-wing chick activists, she mainly wants the social order of America rejiggered until it comes out with her as The Pretty One that everybody says nice things about all the time. Life is unfair that other girls are prettier and get more attention than me!!!

Posted by: Flatbush Joe at March 31, 2014 11:03 AM (ZPrif)

155 But they won't do it because he's black Posted by: Bevel Lemelisk at March 31, 2014 04:03 PM (TAP/5) HE'S BLACK?

Posted by: Nevergiveup at March 31, 2014 11:03 AM (t3UFN)

156 Thank you Ace.

I read about this today how it was a totally anti-Obama SNL sketch. I watched and thought, WTF? It couldn't be more pro-Obama.

Posted by: Mr. Moo Moo at March 31, 2014 11:04 AM (0LHZx)

157 " I repeat, the Sun is dead." That's right, Ronan, you just sit there and look pretty for the TV camera.

Posted by: Ricardo Kill at March 31, 2014 11:05 AM (gOoFi)

158 HE'S BLACK?

Posted by: Nevergiveup at March 31, 2014 04:03 PM (t3UFN)

 

HALFBLACK!

Posted by: That annoying duck from TV at March 31, 2014 11:05 AM (DrWcr)

159 This crew? Have any of their skits gone viral? Been quote worthy? Made you laugh out loud? Samurai Anything. Cheeburger. "I'm Chevy Chase and you're not." "That's great bass!" "Nevermind." The list goes on, but you're quite correct. Those come from a narrow span of time which speaks to the quality of that cast and writers. I'm rather surprised that I can remember any of that, given what I admitted to earlier.

Posted by: BackwardsBoy, who did not vote for this shit [/i][/s][/b][/u] at March 31, 2014 11:05 AM (0HooB)

160 That seems to be a universal problem with companies over say 5-10 employees. Been there, done that, rinse, repeat. Posted by: Misanthopic Humanitarian at March 31, 2014 04:01 PM (HVff2)


Motivation to do well seems to be a lost art.  I feel like a cog in a wheel.  Used and abused.  I'm about ready to work to the level they inspire me to.

Posted by: DangerGirl at March 31, 2014 11:05 AM (GrtrJ)

161 /nod. I saw it on some other site and thought it was unfunny propaganda and the outcome of it will be some vacuous meathead saying "Like, lulz but I guess I better register..."

Posted by: Tyrohne the Grammar Nazi at March 31, 2014 11:05 AM (D74bw)

162 But they won't do it because he's black Posted by: Bevel Lemelisk at March 31, 2014 04:03 PM (TAP/5) HE'S BLACK? Posted by: Nevergiveup at March 31, 2014 04:03 PM (t3UFN) He's only half right...

Posted by: Romeo13 at March 31, 2014 11:05 AM (84gbM)

163 "um.

So your saying that if it's "funny" and people don't laugh then it's the audience's fault that there's no humorous exchange between comedian and audience.

Yeah. Advice: don't go into comedy.

Also, just as some side advice, if you are in advertising and no one buys your product, it's the consumer's fault, because obviously the advertising was so clever they didn't understand it.

/long stare"

===============

I didn't say anything even remotely like what you wrote.

I didn't say it was funny.

I didn't say people are wrong if they don't think it's funny.

Yeah. Advice: don't go into analysis.

I suggested that maybe people don't understand that the joke isn't on Obama because they don't understand the mechanics of comedy. They see no further than the fact that Obama is in a sketch and presume that this alone shows that he's the joke.

Posted by: Kensington (@NYKensington) at March 31, 2014 11:06 AM (/AHDz)

164 It isn't funny when the Left does it and it is not funny when the Right does it. All it does is reinforce the True Believer and make that person happy. Posted by: Mikey NTH - Stay Outraged, My Friends at the Outrage Outlet at March 31, 2014 04:00 PM (hLRSq) I get what you're saying, and don't take this personal, but the equivalency thing is wrong and only for the lazy and those that don't apply discernment.

Posted by: tangonine at March 31, 2014 11:06 AM (x3YFz)

165 How could you forget MORE COWBELL?

Posted by: eleven at March 31, 2014 11:06 AM (GXZgZ)

166 hahaha, did you hear this? A report just released from CO or wherever says obamacare does cost more for premiums BUT on the other hand, obamacare does cause health care providers to be more efficient. Efficient = shitty health care, for those of you in Rio Linda

Posted by: Soothsayer, corn bread assassin at March 31, 2014 11:06 AM (roFmD)

167 I read about this today how it was a totally anti-Obama SNL sketch. I watched and thought, WTF? It couldn't be more pro-Obama. ---- I just thought it was dumb. It wasn't funny, it wasn't satire, it was just a stupid sketch. The only laugh was the easy lazy laugh of hey Justin Bieber. Maybe it looked better on sketch. Maybe they thought they had to do something to appear balanced. I don't know. But it was a sketch that should have been on in hour 1:20, not the opening. I just think the only person they made fun of was SNL in a look at how bad we are at funny right now.

Posted by: SH at March 31, 2014 11:07 AM (gmeXX)

168 I didn't say anything even remotely like what you wrote. I didn't say it was funny. I didn't say people are wrong if they don't think it's funny. Yeah. Advice: don't go into analysis. I suggested that maybe people don't understand that the joke isn't on Obama because they don't understand the mechanics of comedy. They see no further than the fact that Obama is in a sketch and presume that this alone shows that he's the joke. Posted by: Kensington (@NYKensington) at March 31, 2014 04:06 PM (/AHDz) " people simply don't understand comedy. " /second long stare

Posted by: tangonine at March 31, 2014 11:08 AM (x3YFz)

169 "Oh fuck, here we go again. Now Comedians are noble I suspect. And I'm too dumb to understand comedy? Go play with yourself."
==============

Comedy can certainly be noble. As for what your problem is, how would I know?

Posted by: Kensington (@NYKensington) at March 31, 2014 11:08 AM (/AHDz)

170 Breitbart keeps hiring. Alex Marlow ‏@AlexMarlow We hired @charliespiering, which is very good news

Posted by: Flatbush Joe at March 31, 2014 11:08 AM (ZPrif)

171 I've seen high schoolers put on better skits. People get paid to do this lame sh-t? Of course, you gotta consider that they are also getting paid to check their dignity at the door.




Posted by: West at March 31, 2014 11:08 AM (4EkUi)

172 Coneheads, Bill Murray and Gilda Radner as Lisa Loopner and Todd DiLaMuca, the Killer Bees.

Posted by: Dr Spank at March 31, 2014 11:08 AM (slXFW)

173 Amazing stuff in that sketch. I really loved the part where Obama threw the insurance executive into the volcano, but I need erg to explain the symbolism to me.

Posted by: Conservative Crank's iPhone at March 31, 2014 11:08 AM (R+XDI)

174 It couldn't be more pro-Obama ---- I should have added, that it wasn't really pro-Obama. That may have been the intent, but I don't think that showed. It wasn't anti-Obama. It was just blah.

Posted by: SH at March 31, 2014 11:09 AM (gmeXX)

175 27 Is this going to convince anyone who is against ObamaCare to think ObamaCare is the cat's pajamas? No. Is this going to reach the young healthy people they need to sign up and make them sign up? No.


So I do not care.

Posted by: Mikey NTH - Stay Outraged, My Friends at the Outrage Outlet at March 31, 2014 03:37 PM (hLRSq)


__________


The answer is no to question 1.


To question 2, I'd say the answer is probably. Will someone watching SNL at 11:30 Saturday night grab his laptop and go buy insurance? Probably not.


But this was still a free commercial for Obama where healthcare.gov was shown on the screen for 45-60 seconds. This is the kind of ad time Coke or Honda pays millions of dollars for. Nobody is sitting on the couch and sees a Honda commercial and runs out to buy a Honda. But seeing a Honda commercial over and over and over puts a little thought in your head next time you need a car...BUY A HONDA. You don't know that the message is there, but it's there. Which is why advertizing works.


So for those millions of SNL viewers, they don't know it, but the message of "I should buy some Obamacare" got planted, or if it was there already, made a little louder.

Posted by: Mr. Moo Moo at March 31, 2014 11:09 AM (0LHZx)

176 Pull my finger, peasant!

Posted by: Noble Comedian at March 31, 2014 11:09 AM (ZshNr)

177 I actually had SNL on as background noise for this week (for time in quite a while). I actually thought the "black Jeopardy" skit kinda funny. Of course, I was mad at the world & getting drunk at the time...

Posted by: shredded chi at March 31, 2014 11:09 AM (6QQFN)

178 I suggested that maybe people don't understand that the joke isn't on Obama because they don't understand the mechanics of comedy. They see no further than the fact that Obama is in a sketch and presume that this alone shows that he's the joke. Posted by: Kensington (@NYKensington) at March 31, 2014 04:06 PM (/AHDz) If it's not funny, explanations of how funny it should have been don't make it any funnier than not funny.

Posted by: tangonine at March 31, 2014 11:09 AM (x3YFz)

179 Breaking News: Nifong book released. Buy now, before the rush. $35.00 Who is Nifong? The DA who prosecuted the Duke Lacrosse players. The guy who spawned this in the Urban Dictionary: "Nifonged - describes the railroading or harming of a person with no justifiable cause, except for one's own gain."

Posted by: Mike Hammer at March 31, 2014 11:09 AM (aDwsi)

180 171 I've seen high schoolers put on better skits. People get paid to do this lame sh-t? Of course, you gotta consider that they are also getting paid to check their dignity at the door. Posted by: West at March 31, 2014 04:08 PM (4EkUi) Whut ya talkin about.....

Posted by: Chico Marx at March 31, 2014 11:10 AM (84gbM)

181 "" people simply don't understand comedy. "

/second long stare"

==============

So, even though I elaborated upon what I meant, and even though I wrote far more than you're quoting, you're just not interested in the context?

Okay.

Do you have a theory about why so many people can't seem to tell that Obama isn't the joke in these sketches?

Posted by: Kensington (@NYKensington) at March 31, 2014 11:10 AM (/AHDz)

182 Motivation to do well seems to be a lost art. I feel like a cog in a wheel. Used and abused. I'm about ready to work to the level they inspire me to.

Posted by: DangerGirl at March 31, 2014 04:05 PM (GrtrJ)

 

Believe me, I sympathize. 

Posted by: Insomniac at March 31, 2014 11:10 AM (DrWcr)

183 Jon Stewart is worth almost $100M. Colbert's worth about $50M

Posted by: Flatbush Joe at March 31, 2014 11:11 AM (ZPrif)

184 Big money in friendly left-wing jokery.

Posted by: Flatbush Joe at March 31, 2014 11:11 AM (ZPrif)

185 179 Breaking News: Nifong book released.

Buy now, before the rush. $35.00

Who is Nifong? The DA who prosecuted the Duke Lacrosse players. The guy who spawned this in the Urban Dictionary:
"Nifonged - describes the railroading or harming of a person with no justifiable cause, except for one's own gain."

Posted by: Mike Hammer at March 31, 2014 04:09 PM (aDwsi)

 

Why would anybody want to buy that cocksmoker's book?

Posted by: Insomniac at March 31, 2014 11:11 AM (DrWcr)

186 "If it's not funny, explanations of how funny it should have been don't make it any funnier than not funny."
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Okay, fine, but I haven't even opined about whether the sketch is funny or not. It's irrelevant to what I'm talking about.

Posted by: Kensington (@NYKensington) at March 31, 2014 11:11 AM (/AHDz)

187 Motivation to do well seems to be a lost art. I feel like a cog in a wheel. Used and abused. I'm about ready to work to the level they inspire me to.

Posted by: DangerGirl at March 31, 2014 04:05 PM (GrtrJ)

 

 

---------------------------------------------

 

 

I was commenting on this on a previous thread.  One of the things that are forcing me to  be mediocre is federal law.  Mustn't break federal law.

Posted by: Soona at March 31, 2014 11:11 AM (NM86I)

188 When are you right-wing goons going to get it? We can't make fun of Obama because there is nothing there that's funny. It's like he's... above comedy.

Posted by: Media Wisdom at March 31, 2014 11:12 AM (IN7k+)

189 It didn't really strike me as overly pro or anti Obama. Yeah Obama was supposed to be above the silliness, but he happily followed his leaders. I thought the guy telling the increasingly absurd personal interest stories was mediocre parody. So I guess I'm in the "It was just a dumb skit" category. Shitty writing, shittier execution.

Posted by: Burn the Witch at March 31, 2014 11:12 AM (HLprW)

190

You know what's weird?  I haven't watched SNL in years, loved the first cast etc. haven't found it watchable for longer than I can remember.  But Howard Stern is such a good interviewer that he has former cast members on and they all become fascinating, and the intrigues on the show seem to matter. 

 

I still couldn't get through that Obama skit though.

Posted by: Frumious Bandersnatch at March 31, 2014 11:12 AM (JtwS4)

191 They could have done a funny sketch similar to the Reagan Hartman one referenced above. They could have done something where all Obama wanted to do was his NCAA picks, but these foreign policy issues kept getting in the way. That could have been funny. Of course that doesn't solve the problem that it is simply a terrible Obama impression.

Posted by: SH at March 31, 2014 11:13 AM (gmeXX)

192 Why would anybody want to buy that cocksmoker's book? Posted by: Insomniac ------------------------ Holder's people. Looking for pointers, particularly the Civil Rights Division.

Posted by: Mike Hammer at March 31, 2014 11:13 AM (aDwsi)

193 >>* Maybe this is semantic. I KNEW it! Ace is anti-Semantic!!! ;-)

Posted by: Y-not running on fumes at March 31, 2014 11:13 AM (zDsvJ)

194 Comedy can certainly be noble. As for what your problem is, how would I know? Posted by: Kensington (@NYKensington) at March 31, 2014 04:08 PM (/AHDz) /sigh ok. physics jokes are funny to physicists. Math jokes are funny to mathemeticians. Literature jokes are fun to... uh... ok we'll just move on: SNL has a broad audience. Pissing off 50% of your viewership from the outset isn't a good business plan. Fucking hell.... if you want me to actually explain this to you I'm available at $70/hour. done.

Posted by: tangonine at March 31, 2014 11:14 AM (x3YFz)

195 The silver lining to this at least is there are tons of headlines around the interwebs right now that say "SNL SKIT MAKES FUN OF OBAMA". And some LIVs will read that. And for LIVs, perception is reality, ie Obama was made fun of and that means Obama is just a little less cool.

Posted by: Mr. Moo Moo at March 31, 2014 11:14 AM (0LHZx)

196 Do you have a theory about why so many people can't seem to tell that Obama isn't the joke in these sketches?

Posted by: Kensington (@NYKensington) at March 31, 2014 04:10 PM (/AHDz)

 

 

--------------------------------------------

 

 

Black democratium.

Posted by: Soona at March 31, 2014 11:14 AM (NM86I)

197 *waves to Kensington*

Posted by: Y-not running on fumes at March 31, 2014 11:15 AM (zDsvJ)

198 "I KNEW it! Ace is anti-Semantic!!! " Anything like anti-Dentite?

Posted by: Ricardo Kill at March 31, 2014 11:15 AM (gOoFi)

199 135 129 SCTV was always funnier than SNL....by leaps and bounds. Posted by: Tami at March 31, 2014 03:58 PM (bCEmE The only time SNL came close was the Hartmann, Carvey, Lovitz, Farley days. Quite frankly, I never really liked the early stuff much and the Eddie Murphy stuff wore on me quickly.

Posted by: 98ZJUSMC Rounding Error Extraordinaire at March 31, 2014 11:15 AM (5ysUC)

200 I KNEW it! Ace is anti-Semantic!!! He hates the Italics, too.

Posted by: garrett at March 31, 2014 11:15 AM (UazSi)

201
In before "they haven't been funny since Garret Morris left"!

Posted by: weft cut-loop at March 31, 2014 03:42 PM (VG9IS)










IN BEFORE "THEY HAVEN'T BEEN FUNNY SINCE GARRET MORRIS LEFT"!

Posted by: Translator For The Hard Of Hearing at March 31, 2014 11:15 AM (TIIx5)

202 Ace, your take on this skit is spot on.

When SNL does a skit about somebody on their team, they always do it in a "good natured ribbing" sort of way.

For example, the skit done on Billy Jeff Clinton within a year of his inauguration in 1993 (yes, I'm that old) "made fun" of Clinton as he jogged with his secret service detail. In the skit he jogs into a McDonald's and starts eating everyone's fries. But while doing it, he spouts a bunch of "smartest guy in the room" policy wonk shite.

OTOH, Bush is portrayed as an idiot, relentlessly, etc., etc.

Posted by: Sphynx at March 31, 2014 11:16 AM (OZmbA)

203 Breaking News: Nifong book released. Buy now, before the rush. $35.00 Who is Nifong? The DA who prosecuted the Duke Lacrosse players. The guy who spawned this in the Urban Dictionary: "Nifonged - describes the railroading or harming of a person with no justifiable cause, except for one's own gain." Posted by: Mike Hammer at March 31, 2014 04:09 PM (aDwsi) Why would anybody want to buy that cocksmoker's book? Posted by: Insomniac at March 31, 2014 04:11 PM (DrWcr) *schlck*schlck*schlk*

Posted by: Nancy Grace at March 31, 2014 11:16 AM (CTCNK)

204 >>He hates the Italics, too. And teh wimmenz!

Posted by: Y-not running on fumes at March 31, 2014 11:16 AM (zDsvJ)

205 191 They could have done a funny sketch similar to the Reagan Hartman one referenced above. They could have done something where all Obama wanted to do was his NCAA picks, but these foreign policy issues kept getting in the way. That could have been funny.

Of course that doesn't solve the problem that it is simply a terrible Obama impression.

Posted by: SH at March 31, 2014 04:13 PM (gmeXX)


___________


SNL was very pro-Clinton but they still managed to do some really funny Clinton skits. Now of course, none of those skits were ever about Clinton policy. It was always about Clinton being a womanizing asshole. But it was still funny.


I think with Obama there is such a fear of being labeled a racist, that you just can't write anything funny about him. Think of a writer on SNL...are you going to risk your entire career to write a funny Obama skit? I sure as hell wouldn't.

Posted by: Mr. Moo Moo at March 31, 2014 11:17 AM (0LHZx)

206
I suggested that maybe people don't understand that the joke isn't on Obama because they don't understand the mechanics of comedy.
Posted by: Kensington (@NYKensington)




Conference Room 3 was free, so we booked it for the rest of the afternoon so you can diagram out your Unified Theory of Ha Ha.

It's got a white board.  Need the projector for the Powerpoint presentation?

Posted by: Laurie David's Cervix at March 31, 2014 11:17 AM (kdS6q)

207 Well, it's possible some on the Right are playing the media spin game and lying on purpose -- OMG! Even SNL Mocks Obama Now. Many more people will skim a headline than watch a video. So perhaps not a horrible tactical movie. The Left does this all the time, just more effectively cause of the bigger bullhorn.

Posted by: Flatbush Joe at March 31, 2014 11:17 AM (ZPrif)

208 "IN BEFORE "THEY HAVEN'T BEEN FUNNY SINCE GARRET MORRIS LEFT"!

Posted by: Ricardo Kill at March 31, 2014 11:17 AM (gOoFi)

209

>>>Coneheads, Bill Murray and Gilda Radner as Lisa Loopner and Todd DiLaMuca, the Killer Bees.

 

The Loud Family

 

WOW THIS IS REALLY GREAT OBAMACARE

Posted by: Bigby's Chapped Hands at March 31, 2014 11:17 AM (3ZtZW)

210 Dead from New York, IT'S SATURDAY NIGHT!

Posted by: toby928© at March 31, 2014 11:17 AM (QupBk)

211 >>Anything like anti-Dentite? Hobos don't need no stinkin' dentists!

Posted by: Y-not running on fumes at March 31, 2014 11:17 AM (zDsvJ)

212 179 Breaking News: Nifong book released. Buy now, before the rush. $35.00 Who is Nifong? The DA who prosecuted the Duke Lacrosse players. The guy who spawned this in the Urban Dictionary: "Nifonged - describes the railroading or harming of a person with no justifiable cause, except for one's own gain." Posted by: Mike Hammer at March 31, 2014 04:09 PM (aDwsi) I thought that he was forbidden from doing this when he was disbarred, no?

Posted by: Tami [/i][/b][/u][/s] at March 31, 2014 11:18 AM (bCEmE)

213 "Fucking hell.... if you want me to actually explain this to you I'm available at $70/hour."
==============

Thanks. If I need insufferable douchebag lessons, you'll be the first person I call.

Posted by: Kensington (@NYKensington) at March 31, 2014 11:18 AM (/AHDz)

214 What stuck out was that he was portrayed as a skeptical Obama being directed into doing silly thing.

He's the president - the "leader of the free world" - and they portray him as a hapless, passive dupe whom other people stage-manage into doing goofy things.

Just another variation of "It's not Obama's fault, it's the people working for him who have let him down."

Posted by: Lizzy at March 31, 2014 11:18 AM (udjuE)

215 Charlotte City Council considers appointment of replacement mayor. Unspoken - Unable to identify a non-corrupt candidate among the current office holders.

Posted by: Mike Hammer at March 31, 2014 11:18 AM (aDwsi)

216 *waves back at Y-Not* <3 <3 <3

Posted by: Kensington (@NYKensington) at March 31, 2014 11:18 AM (/AHDz)

217 Dog is barkin'. Do he bite?

Posted by: toby928© at March 31, 2014 11:18 AM (QupBk)

218

"Maybe Ace should post that first obama skit. It was in 2007 or early 2008.

hillary clinton and obama are at a costume party (maybe it was Halloween), and hillary carefully selected her costume while obama showed up as...obama, because he was real." 

 

SNL star****ing at its worst, literally his only role in the sketch was to bask in the crowd's rapturous applause while looking smug. 

Posted by: Croaker at March 31, 2014 11:18 AM (leNBy)

219

Anything like anti-Dentite?

 

Fuck Bucky Dent!

Posted by: All of Boston at March 31, 2014 11:18 AM (JtwS4)

220 "Baseball been berry berry good to me."

Posted by: BackwardsBoy, who did not vote for this shit [/i][/s][/b][/u] at March 31, 2014 11:19 AM (0HooB)

221 77 Family Guys is lazy and sucks -- and is consistently one of the top-rated shows on TV and has been for years and years. Most days on cable there are multiple Family Guy reruns in the top 10 of ratings. Often with an American Dad as well. I have never found either of those shows remotely funny. McFarlane's movie, "Ted" was funny for about half the movie, then jumped the shark big time.

Posted by: Citizen X at March 31, 2014 11:19 AM (7ObY1)

222 I find nothing funny about Obama. I find things said here about Obama hilarious.

Posted by: Dack Thrombosis at March 31, 2014 11:19 AM (oFCZn)

223 SNL was very pro-Clinton but they still managed to do some really funny Clinton skits. ---- SNL also had some great Clinton performers.

Posted by: SH at March 31, 2014 11:19 AM (gmeXX)

224 Right -- Conan O'Brien used to portray Bush as crazy redneck Yosemite Sam who constantly snorted everything (cause cocaine rumors! Get it?). Meanwhile Obama practically campaigned on being the cool guy who toked up and had an on and off coke habit. And the media says .... meh, not that interesting to talk about.

Posted by: Flatbush Joe at March 31, 2014 11:19 AM (ZPrif)

225 Speaking of SNL, I found out from my sister, who eons ago worked at a movie theater, that Belushi and Ackroyd ate popcorn at her theater and she saved the bucket. Now that Belushi has kicked the bucket, I wonder what it's worth.* *Not really

Posted by: Y-not running on fumes at March 31, 2014 11:19 AM (zDsvJ)

226 "Conference Room 3 was free, so we booked it for the rest of the afternoon so you can diagram out your Unified Theory of Ha Ha.

It's got a white board. Need the projector for the Powerpoint presentation?"

===============

Instead of being a dick, why not share your theory about why so many people seem to think the sketch is making fun of Obama?

Posted by: Kensington (@NYKensington) at March 31, 2014 11:20 AM (/AHDz)

227 I thought that he was forbidden from doing this when he was disbarred, no? It's not actually written by him, but by some guy who interviewed Nifong. And the author believes the Duke players were guilty. I mean, he actually still believes it.

Posted by: Citizen X at March 31, 2014 11:20 AM (7ObY1)

228 >>> Almost all of SNL's Obama sketches are like this now -- and by "like this" I mean "not funny."

BYU has a televised comedy sketch team called Studio C, finally got around to seeing an ep. They had this skit about Renaissance artists going into the future to see their legacies...plus Marco Polo, whom the others rag on. (And yes there was a TMNT joke, since the artists are the same ones the turtles were named for.) I think I laughed more watching that than all the sketches from the past few SNL cycles. If a squeaky clean local Mormon comedy troupe is funnier than your nationally broadcasted sketch show that has the pick of comedians nationwide, you're doing it wrong... (kidding, Mormons!)

Still waiting to see if Lorne is gonna cave on a latina comedienne. If he does, what will be the next group to protest...

Posted by: LizLem at March 31, 2014 11:20 AM (BF+2f)

229 I thought that he was forbidden from doing this when he was disbarred, no? Posted by: Tami -------------------------------- It is via a surrogate: http://tinyurl.com/kgp4poa

Posted by: Mike Hammer at March 31, 2014 11:21 AM (aDwsi)

230
Land Shark

The Thing That Wouldn't Leave

What If

Buckwheat Is Dead

Posted by: IllTemperedCur at March 31, 2014 11:21 AM (TIIx5)

231 Instead of being a dick, why not share your theory about why so many people seem to think the sketch is making fun of Obama? ---- I don't think many people think that.

Posted by: SH at March 31, 2014 11:21 AM (gmeXX)

232 Yeah, re: that Jeb Bush link at the sidebar Anyone who thinks I'm going to cast a vote for that piece of trash just because he's a Republican or that I'm going to go out singing the praises of the Republican brand if he gets the nomination can KMMFA.

Posted by: Burn the Witch at March 31, 2014 11:21 AM (HLprW)

233 Okay, so I recalled the funny Gilda Radner feminine hygiene product parody commercial all wrong.  Here's the transcript for what was actually shown:

Autumn Fizz

Written by: Gilda Radner & Alan Zweibel

Woman.....Gilda Radner
Man.....Chevy Chase
[ open on Woman dressed finely as she sits on her bed ]

Woman: I love being a woman. Feeling fresh, soft, and fragrant makes me glad I'm myself. I like to be pampered in silk and flowing chiffon. The finer things of life. And being feminine means being fresh and clean. When I think of the finest in jewelry, I think of Tiffany and Cartier. And, when I think of feminine hygiene, I think of Autumn Fizz -- [ she holds up the product ] the carbonated douche. Autumn Fizz gives me the confidence a woman needs in today's hectic world. It brings out the natural fragrance of femininity, with the effervescence of un-cola.

[ her boyfriend enters, dressed in a tux, and sits on the bed behind her ]

Woman: Autumn Fizz -- [ she burps ] the carbonated douche. [ they exchange glances ] Don't leave him holding the bag.

Man: Thank you.

[ she hands each bottle to her boyfriend ]

Woman: Now, in strawberry... lemon... and egg cream.

Still pretty funny.

Posted by: Sharkman at March 31, 2014 11:22 AM (TM1p8)

234 226 why not share your theory Big Popcorn is behind Lauren being outed as a dick. that's my theory.

Posted by: akula51[/b][/i][/s] at March 31, 2014 11:22 AM (ye4Wk)

235 I have a bunch of the box sets, and I have definitively narrowed down to the last truly funny SNL skit. Lord & Lady Douchebag, 1980 season. It was a legendarily funny skit, but it was by far the funniest thing about that otherwise craptastic season. All downhill from there.

Posted by: Citizen X at March 31, 2014 11:22 AM (7ObY1)

236

Still waiting to see if Lorne is gonna cave on a latina comedienne. If he does, what will be the next group to protest...

 

Hot topless comediennes are under-represented. 

Posted by: No boobies no peace! at March 31, 2014 11:22 AM (JtwS4)

237 Extremely we'll stated, ace

Posted by: Avi at March 31, 2014 11:23 AM (oj+wN)

238 194 Comedy can certainly be noble. As for what your problem is, how would I know? Posted by: Kensington (@NYKensington) at March 31, 2014 04:08 PM (/AHDz) Certain ASSHOLES are noble as well. sigh

Posted by: Misanthopic Humanitarian at March 31, 2014 11:23 AM (HVff2)

239 Okay, fine, but I haven't even opined about whether the sketch is funny or not. It's irrelevant to what I'm talking about. Posted by: Kensington (@NYKensington) at March 31, 2014 04:11 PM (/AHDz) Third (and will be the last) time I've quoted you on your comment: "" people simply don't understand comedy. " you're not understanding that the onus isn't on the audience to understand it. It's on the comedian to tailor or adjust the delivery to the audience. If a comedian has an IQ of 200 and provides hilarity 5 levels deep and no one laughs, guess what? comedian failed. How are you not getting this?

Posted by: tangonine at March 31, 2014 11:24 AM (x3YFz)

240 The fact that obama has his fist up my ass to his elbow means the joke's on him.

'cuz he's going to have to wash his hands, right? get it? his hand will be all smelly, right?

Posted by: Clutch Cargo at March 31, 2014 11:24 AM (pgQxn)

241 SNL also had some great Clinton performers.

Posted by: SH at March 31, 2014 04:19 PM (gmeXX)

 

The only Dem president they did well.  Darrell Hammond was great.

Posted by: WisRich at March 31, 2014 11:24 AM (hdpay)

242 Oh Chevy, every time you take that fall, I wish that you were fallin'...fallin' for me. Chevy's Girls skit, when Chase was "injured" following one of his falls. The "fall" is now widely considered to have been bullshit, as Chase was trying to leave the show. I've watched the skit where it allegedly happened, and it does kinda look like he got hurt, so who knows. But that Chevy's Girls skit showed just how skilled Jane, Gilda and Larraine were. Dead-on with the singing.

Posted by: Citizen X at March 31, 2014 11:25 AM (7ObY1)

243 It is via a surrogate: http://tinyurl.com/kgp4poa Posted by: Mike Hammer at March 31, 2014 04:21 PM (aDwsi) Bestselling author William D. Cohan, whose reporting and writing have been hailed as “gripping” (the New York Times), “authoritative” (the Washington Post), and “seductively engrossing” (Chicago Tribune), presents a stunning new account of the Duke lacrosse team scandal that reveals the pressures faced by America’s elite colleges and universities and pulls back the curtain, in a riveting narrative, on the larger issues of sexual misconduct, underage drinking, and bad-boy behavior—all too prevalent on campuses across the country. Except that the Duke lacrosse team/players had NOTHING TO DO IT! FFS!

Posted by: Tami [/i][/b][/u][/s] at March 31, 2014 11:25 AM (bCEmE)

244
Seeing as we're talking about comedy and "what is funny", I'll note without comment that the last time we went down that road the banhammer nearly got wore out.

And we ended up with one of the most cherished AoS memes, longbows.

Posted by: IllTemperedCur at March 31, 2014 11:25 AM (TIIx5)

245

I get what you're saying, and don't take this personal, but the equivalency thing is wrong and only for the lazy and those that don't apply discernment.

Posted by: tangonine at March 31, 2014 04:06 PM (x3YFz)

 

 

I don't find propaganda humor of any type very funny, no matter whose sacred cow is getting gored.  At best they get a chuckle.

 

The comment was on propaganda humor.  Cutting politicians for their failures and foibles can be very funny, but propaganda humor doesn't have funny as its first job.  Job #1 is the propaganda and that usually kills the funny for me - too heavy handed.

Posted by: Mikey NTH - Stay Outraged, My Friends at the Outrage Outlet at March 31, 2014 11:26 AM (hLRSq)

246 Not SNL, but also getting tired of all the commercials with athletes like Magic Johnson and LeBron James hawking Obamacare. I'm presuming our tax dollars are at work here. And not to be nasty, but what are the odds anyone in James' and Johnson's families are covered by an Obamacare plan? Or anyone they even know personally? 

Posted by: RM at March 31, 2014 11:26 AM (fRppw)

247 Posted by: DangerGirl at March 31, 2014 04:05 PM (GrtrJ) Hang in there young lady

Posted by: Misanthopic Humanitarian at March 31, 2014 11:26 AM (HVff2)

248 >>>Extremely we'll stated, ace

Yeah, that was a nice post.

Posted by: rdbrewer at March 31, 2014 11:26 AM (Iyg03)

249 Something familiar,
Something peculiar,
Something for everyone:
A comedy tonight!

Something appealing,
Something appalling,
Something for everyone:
A comedy tonight!

Nothing with kings, nothing with crowns;
Bring on the lovers, liars and clowns!

Old situations,
New complications,
Nothing portentous or polite;
Tragedy tomorrow,
Comedy tonight!

Posted by: Pseudolus at March 31, 2014 11:26 AM (BF+2f)

250 Here's the 'WITH' I left out.....

Posted by: Tami [/i][/b][/u][/s] at March 31, 2014 11:26 AM (bCEmE)

251 Jeopardy with Will Farrell, any skit with Will Farrell as Robert Goulet, the cheer-leading skits with Will Farrell. Will Farrell as W.

Posted by: Dr Spank at March 31, 2014 11:26 AM (slXFW)

252 I'm going to go out singing the praises of the Republican brand if he gets the nomination can KMMFA. Posted by: Burn the Witch at March 31, 2014 04:21 PM (HLprW) Awwww.... come on.... who in America doesn't want a Bush vs. Clinton Election???

Posted by: Romeo13.. calibrating his Sarcometer at March 31, 2014 11:26 AM (84gbM)

253 O/T but how come Gabe is now on HotAir. Is he dumping the 'rons & 'ettes?

Posted by: Iblis at March 31, 2014 11:27 AM (9221z)

254 "The only Dem president they did well. Darrell Hammond was great." Hammond had the lip-bite thing down. Laughed every time.

Posted by: Burn the Witch at March 31, 2014 11:27 AM (HLprW)

255
Instead of being a dick, why not share your theory about why so many people seem to think the sketch is making fun of Obama?
Posted by: Kensington (@NYKensington)




No one thinks the sketch is making fun of Obama.  That's the entire point of this post and all our replies.

Also, should we order in one of those bagel platters for your presentation?

Posted by: Laurie David's Cervix at March 31, 2014 11:28 AM (kdS6q)

256 mad crazy emails from OFA, if you're a subscriber to their lunacy, today. Every 30mins or less, there's yet another one asking how I'm doing, reminding me to sign up for Ocare, saying, Hey whyncha tell someone else about Ocare and sign em up?

Posted by: Bigby's Chapped Hands at March 31, 2014 11:28 AM (3ZtZW)

257 Seeing as we're talking about comedy and "what is funny", I'll note without comment that the last time we went down that road the banhammer nearly got wore out. And we ended up with one of the most cherished AoS memes, longbows. Posted by: IllTemperedCur at March 31, 2014 04:25 PM (TIIx5) -- When I saw this thread's topic, I assumed at some point we'd be treated to the Head Ewok informing us on what Is and Is Not funny. That's why I put on my asbestos underpants.

Posted by: Y-not running on fumes at March 31, 2014 11:28 AM (zDsvJ)

258 Not SNL, but also getting tired of all the commercials with athletes like Magic Johnson and LeBron Jameshawking Obamacare. I'm presumingour tax dollars are at work here. ----- Support my idea for a constitutional amendment banning all government advertising.

Posted by: SH at March 31, 2014 11:28 AM (gmeXX)

259 254 O/T but how come Gabe is now on HotAir. Is he dumping the 'rons & 'ettes? Posted by: Iblis at March 31, 2014 04:27 PM (9221z) Dang, I feel so abandoned now. NOT

Posted by: Misanthopic Humanitarian at March 31, 2014 11:28 AM (HVff2)

260 mad crazy emails from OFA, if you're a subscriber to their lunacy, today. Every 30mins or less, there's yet another one asking how I'm doing, reminding me to sign up for Ocare, saying, Hey whyncha tell someone else about Ocare and sign em up?

Posted by: Bigby's Chapped Hands at March 31, 2014 04:28 PM (3ZtZW)


---


Great.


The US Government has gone........ Amway.

Posted by: fixerupper at March 31, 2014 11:29 AM (nELVU)

261 Posted by: Pseudolus at March 31, 2014 04:26 PM (BF+2f) Stand back, I take large steps...

Posted by: THEE Gloriosus... at March 31, 2014 11:29 AM (84gbM)

262 Gabe should "fit in" at Hot Air.

Posted by: Dr Spank at March 31, 2014 11:29 AM (slXFW)

263 "No one thinks the sketch is making fun of Obama. That's the entire point of this post and all our replies."
===============

So you didn't read the first two paragraphs of the post?

Posted by: Kensington (@NYKensington) at March 31, 2014 11:29 AM (/AHDz)

264

Not that I care, but

 

>>>If a comedian has an IQ of 200 and provides hilarity 5 levels deep and no one laughs, guess what? comedian failed.

 

this is wrong.

Posted by: Bigby's Chapped Hands at March 31, 2014 11:30 AM (3ZtZW)

265 Speaking of Right media -- still don't get what IJReview is. Guess it's trying to be a right-wing BuzzFeed. Of course, so is everybody else. Blaze has really started copying the BuzzFeed style. It's what works, I guess. You Won't Believe X! 7 Thing That Z! Stop Everything and Watch This Video!!

Posted by: Flatbush Joe at March 31, 2014 11:30 AM (ZPrif)

266 I suspect Hot Gas has a better dental plan. Pretty sure HQ's dental plan consists of a bottle of ValuRite and a dude named Guido.

Posted by: Y-not running on fumes at March 31, 2014 11:30 AM (zDsvJ)

267
O/T but how come Gabe is now on HotAir. Is he dumping the 'rons & 'ettes?

Posted by: Iblis at March 31, 2014 04:27 PM (9221z)










Scouting for teh Ewok, looking for content to poach......errrrr, link.

Posted by: IllTemperedCur at March 31, 2014 11:30 AM (TIIx5)

268 So you didn't read the first two paragraphs of the post? ---- I know Ace said it, but who are these many people claiming that it was a pro-Obama sketch?

Posted by: SH at March 31, 2014 11:30 AM (gmeXX)

269 >>>Jeopardy with Will Farrell,<<<



Reynolds: Hey. **chews on gum** Listen here. **chews on gum some more**It wasn't Trebek that made them funny. It was us.

Connery: Damn right. Say what... just pick a category... fine, I'll take "Anal Bum Cover" for 1000, Trebek.

Posted by: Sean Connery and Burt Reynolds at March 31, 2014 11:31 AM (08jH8)

270
That's why I put on my asbestos underpants.

Posted by: Y-not running on fumes at March 31, 2014 04:28 PM (zDsvJ)









Wearing underpants is a definite Horde faux pas.

Posted by: IllTemperedCur at March 31, 2014 11:32 AM (TIIx5)

271 O/T but how come Gabe is now on HotAir. Is he dumping the 'rons & 'ettes? *crosses fingers*

Posted by: Burn the Witch at March 31, 2014 11:33 AM (HLprW)

272 Different comedy appeal to different people. Jokes that dumb people find funny often aren't funny to smart people. SNL, Colbert, Family Guy clearly are good at producing what the mainstream comedy audience wants. This is pretty much by definition since they get good ratings. There's no objective definition of comedy. What the mainstream wants changes from year to year. What you personally think is funny also changes. I'm not a huge Family Guy fan but I see why so many like it. I like it sometimes. Just find it kinda boring.

Posted by: Flatbush Joe at March 31, 2014 11:33 AM (ZPrif)

273 "O/T but how come Gabe is now on HotAir. Is he dumping the 'rons & 'ettes?"
===============

Ed posted something about having some guest bloggers while he's out this week.

Posted by: Kensington (@NYKensington) at March 31, 2014 11:33 AM (/AHDz)

274 D'you know what's NOT funny? The lack of coverage about Syria here. (I keed, I keed.)

Posted by: Y-not running on fumes at March 31, 2014 11:33 AM (zDsvJ)

275 Posted by: Mikey NTH - Stay Outraged, My Friends at the Outrage Outlet at March 31, 2014 04:26 PM (hLRSq) Sorry brother. bit of a push. So many topics come up here sometimes the gear switching isn't smooth.

Posted by: tangonine at March 31, 2014 11:33 AM (x3YFz)

276 uh oh, you're all gonna hate this: Ann Coulter wants Mitt Romney to run again.

Posted by: Soothsayer, corn bread assassin at March 31, 2014 11:33 AM (roFmD)

277 259 Not SNL, but also getting tired of all the commercials with athletes like Magic Johnson and LeBron Jameshawking Obamacare. I'm presumingour tax dollars are at work here.


THIS. Johnson was on so much during the Olympics that by the end of the games, I wanted to punch in his face every time he came onscreen. The man has AIDS, hasn't he already suffered enough? And I hope Lebron participated pro bono, dude has enough money, does not need to be digging into my tax dollars for more.

Posted by: LizLem at March 31, 2014 11:33 AM (BF+2f)

278 Wearing underpants is a definite Horde faux pas.

Posted by: IllTemperedCur at March 31, 2014 04:32 PM (TIIx5)

It's an asbestos thong, and I believe that the bylaws allow it.

Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at March 31, 2014 11:34 AM (QFxY5)

279 Geez Louise.. I got thru almost half of it before I had to turn it off..  pitiful.

Back in my day we had real comedy! It actually made you laugh, dagummit!

Posted by: Chi-town Jerry at March 31, 2014 11:34 AM (Z7PrM)

280
"No one thinks the sketch is making fun of Obama. That's the entire point of this post and all our replies."

So you didn't read the first two paragraphs of the post?
Posted by: Kensington (@NYKensington)




Whoops, forgot where you were on the "spectrum".

I, of course, meant in this thread.  I did not mean everywhere in the observable universe. There are people elsewhere who think the sketch was making fun.

Better?

Posted by: Laurie David's Cervix at March 31, 2014 11:34 AM (kdS6q)

281 Posted by: Y-not running on fumes


Wow, taking a shot at the fat man, very brave of you.

Posted by: Dr Spank at March 31, 2014 11:34 AM (slXFW)

282 I see Y-not gets a little feisty when run down.

Posted by: Burn the Witch at March 31, 2014 11:34 AM (HLprW)

283 Hang in there young lady Posted by: Misanthopic Humanitarian at March 31, 2014 04:26 PM (HVff2)


Thank you.  It's very frustrating to have your review downgraded from "exceeds expectations" to "meets expectations" by your boss's boss (who works in a whole different state) because, "well, the VP doesn't want anyone marked as exceeding."


Bull-fucking-shit.

Posted by: DangerGirl at March 31, 2014 11:34 AM (GrtrJ)

284 >>Ann Coulter wants Mitt Romney to run again. Could someone please pass me a hammer?

Posted by: Y-not bashes head against wall at March 31, 2014 11:35 AM (zDsvJ)

285 268
O/T but how come Gabe is now on HotAir. Is he dumping the 'rons 'ettes?

Posted by: Iblis at March 31, 2014 04:27 PM (9221z)









Scouting for teh Ewok, looking for content to poach......errrrr, link.

Posted by: IllTemperedCur at March 31, 2014 04:30 PM (TIIx5)

++++

LOL. That's it. Ace wants to steal HotAir's content before it goes up, so he needs an inside guy.

Posted by: Anon Y. Mous at March 31, 2014 11:35 AM (IN7k+)

286 Ann Coulter wants Mitt Romney to run again.

Posted by: Soothsayer, corn bread assassin at March 31, 2014 04:33 PM (roFmD)

Romney, Christie or Bush?

Poison, firearm or rope.

Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at March 31, 2014 11:35 AM (QFxY5)

287 Coulter is an odd duck. In many ways, Coulter really is the right-wing's Bill Maher.

Posted by: Flatbush Joe at March 31, 2014 11:35 AM (ZPrif)

288 "Big Popcorn is behind Lauren being outed as a dick. that's my theory." Wait what? What did I miss?

Posted by: Lauren at March 31, 2014 11:35 AM (hFL/3)

289 It doesn't matter who the R's run.

Posted by: Soothsayer, corn bread assassin at March 31, 2014 11:36 AM (roFmD)

290 I'm enjoying tangonine totally not getting Kensington's point.  It's awesome.  I don't think tangonine has any idea what Kensington is trying to say, and is pissed off because he thinks Kensington is trying to change what he said, and denying it.

It's high unintentional comedy in a thread about comedy.

Posted by: bonhomme[/i][/b][/i][/b][/s][/s] at March 31, 2014 11:36 AM (A0glY)

291 Ann Coulter wants Mitt Romney to run again.

Posted by: Soothsayer
............
I kinda figured that would be coming.. Christie is out.. and Romney actually looks good compared to Jeb Bush.. ye gads we are so boned.

Romney has the "told ya so" thing going for him, but still...

Posted by: Chi-town Jerry at March 31, 2014 11:36 AM (Z7PrM)

292

Jarrett the Ferret has come out and said that she is pressuring TV and movie producers to tout Ocare.  They are desperate.

 

Recently Rachel Ray had Biden on her show and naturally she brought up OCare and how wonderful it is a la Ellen De Generes.  In a truly bizarre bit, Ray talked about what a wonderful, glowing complexion Biden has.  I guess if you don't think you have nothing to make wrinkles for.

 

Jesus.

Posted by: Cheri at March 31, 2014 11:36 AM (G+Wff)

293

"Support my idea for a constitutional amendment banning all government advertising."

 

 

Not generally big on constitutional amendments, but yeah, government advertising seems like the very definition of propaganda, and subject to way, way too much potential for abuse.

Posted by: RM at March 31, 2014 11:36 AM (fRppw)

294 Fat man?

Posted by: Y-not at March 31, 2014 11:36 AM (zDsvJ)

295 >>>If a comedian has an IQ of 200 and provides hilarity 5 levels deep and no one laughs, guess what? comedian failed. this is wrong. Posted by: Bigby's Chapped Hands at March 31, 2014 04:30 PM (3ZtZW) no sarcasm, no agenda. Explain to me how it's wrong. If I'm wrong, please tell me how, I'm all about the learning. Not kidding.

Posted by: tangonine at March 31, 2014 11:36 AM (x3YFz)

296 "O/T but how come Gabe is now on HotAir."

Because he is a loaf of Ungrateful Bread.

Posted by: torquewrench at March 31, 2014 11:37 AM (noWW6)

297 I got my own personal boycott of LeBron and the NBA for gong full tard for Obama and then Trayvon Martin. So further tardness on Obamacare has no effect on me, I can't watch him or the NBA any less than I already do.

Posted by: Flatbush Joe at March 31, 2014 11:37 AM (ZPrif)

298 "well, the VP doesn't want anyone marked as exceeding."

That's bizarre. Is your company called Mediocre Systems Inc, or something?

Posted by: Waterhouse at March 31, 2014 11:37 AM (fOLwM)

299 Thank you. It's very frustrating to have your review downgraded from "exceeds expectations" to "meets expectations" by your boss's boss (who works in a whole different state) because, "well, the VP doesn't want anyone marked as exceeding."


Bull-fucking-shit.

Posted by: DangerGirl at March 31, 2014 04:34 PM (GrtrJ)

 

That totally sucks.

Posted by: Insomniac at March 31, 2014 11:37 AM (DrWcr)

300

Far from the most practical damage to the country, but the degradation of America in the current era has such sickening overtones of the worst police states.  I mean this reverent, unfunny, "humor" about the great leader - who has been an embarrassing, disastrous, unfit, stumbling idiot since he entered the public eye, 35 minutes before being elected president.

 

And of course the jaw-dropping fan-boyism and sycophancy about his racist, nasty, ignorant wife.  Her fashions!  Her arms!  (WTF?)

 

It's the Ceaucescus.  It's the silly dictators from early Woody Allen flicks or the original "In-Laws".

 

It's beyond words, really.  I use "degradation" because it seems to fit.  A disastrous, lawless, clueless, ruinous "leader" who is celebrated and cult-worshipped. 

 

Ace you've been pushed to this several times in the last few months, and it captures (I think) what many normal thoughtful Americans feel:  "Is this America?"

 

Posted by: non-purist at March 31, 2014 11:37 AM (afQnV)

301 O/T but how come Gabe is now on HotAir. Is he dumping the 'rons 'ettes? I look at Gabe as the maître d' at the restaurant with an undeserved reputation for good food. Wearing white shoes after Labor Day, he escorts you to a table, insulting you the entire time. He then disappears.

Posted by: Lace Wigs [/i] at March 31, 2014 11:37 AM (oGrEy)

302 268  O/T but how come Gabe is now on HotAir. Is he dumping the 'rons 'ettes?
Posted by: Iblis
...........
They don't make fun of his pitiful music picks?

Posted by: Chi-town Jerry at March 31, 2014 11:37 AM (Z7PrM)

303
how come Gabe is now on HotAir.
Posted by: Iblis



The Federalist ran out of room?

Posted by: Laurie David's Cervix at March 31, 2014 11:38 AM (kdS6q)

304 "Ann Coulter wants Mitt Romney to run again." I guess Ann's brain is a bit rattled bouncing back and forth so hard between Rombley and Chrispie

Posted by: Burn the Witch at March 31, 2014 11:38 AM (HLprW)

305 O/T but how come Gabe is now on HotAir. Is he dumping the 'rons 'ettes? Posted by: Iblis at March 31, 2014 04:27 PM (9221z) Scouting for teh Ewok, looking for content to poach......errrrr, link. Posted by: IllTemperedCur at March 31, 2014 04:30 PM (TIIx5) ++++ LOL. That's it. Ace wants to steal HotAir's content before it goes up, so he needs an inside guy. Posted by: Anon Y. Mous at March 31, 2014 04:35 PM (IN7k+) Oh, I thought it had something to do with Allahapundit's constant gay trolling on H.A.

Posted by: Iblis at March 31, 2014 11:38 AM (9221z)

306 Sorry about your review, DangerGirl. That blows.

Posted by: Y-not at March 31, 2014 11:38 AM (zDsvJ)

307 Recent released by Bureau of Labor: Private industry employers spent an average of $29.63 per hour worked for total employee compensation in December 2013, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Wages and salaries averaged $20.76 per hour worked and accounted for 70.1 percent of these costs, while benefits averaged$8.87 and accounted for the remaining 29.9 percent. Total compensation costs for state and local government workers averaged $42.89 per hour worked in December 2013.

Posted by: Mike Hammer at March 31, 2014 11:38 AM (aDwsi)

308 " Think of a writer on SNL...are you going to risk your entire career to write a funny Obama skit? I sure as hell wouldn't." Shocking.

Posted by: Lauren at March 31, 2014 11:38 AM (hFL/3)

309 It's high unintentional comedy in a thread about comedy. And also a stray shot at Lauren out of the blue for some reason. I think it's April Fools Eve magic.

Posted by: eleven at March 31, 2014 11:39 AM (GXZgZ)

310
SNL is still on?

Posted by: Guy Mohawk at March 31, 2014 11:39 AM (0Kobm)

311 I've seen comedians who were, as they say, too hip for the room. I thought the jokes were funny, but the audience didn't. Yeah, they failed that night for that audience. Jokes were still funny for those smart enough to get them.

Posted by: Flatbush Joe at March 31, 2014 11:39 AM (ZPrif)

312 "Recently Rachel Ray " Didn't Ronan Farrow report today that Rachel Ray died?

Posted by: Ricardo Kill at March 31, 2014 11:39 AM (gOoFi)

313

>>>Ann Coulter wants Mitt Romney to run again.

 

Sure. Why the fuck not?

Posted by: Bigby's Chapped Hands at March 31, 2014 11:39 AM (3ZtZW)

314 Thank you. It's very frustrating to have your review downgraded from "exceeds expectations" to "meets expectations" by your boss's boss (who works in a whole different state) because, "well, the VP doesn't want anyone marked as exceeding." Bull-fucking-shit. Posted by: DangerGirl at March 31, 2014 04:34 PM (GrtrJ) Wait...did he actually put that in writing!? Even if he didn't, I'd hot foot it to HR with that crap.

Posted by: Tami [/i][/b][/u][/s] at March 31, 2014 11:39 AM (bCEmE)

315 I haven't watched SNL in . . .  I've never watched SNL.  Who was that playing (I guess) Kim Kardashian?

Posted by: Wolfus Aurelius at March 31, 2014 11:39 AM (BDU/a)

316 DurbinÂ’s claim that 10 million now have health insurance because of Obamacare




Dickless needs a laugh track

Posted by: TheQuietMan at March 31, 2014 11:40 AM (1Jaio)

317 There are people elsewhere who think the sketch was making fun.

Which was the point of the post.  That people on the right ace is talking about thought it was making fun of Obama.  And Kensington was responding with that fact. 

Is this misinterpret Kensington day?  Is Kensington on the hate-list, because several people are misinterpreting him maliciously.

Posted by: bonhomme[/i][/b][/i][/b][/s][/s] at March 31, 2014 11:40 AM (A0glY)

318 The only funny Obama sketch was the one where the Chinese premier expresses his outrage at Obama's policies during a joint press conference with repeated use of the phrase "doing sex to me!"

Posted by: Steve the Pirate at March 31, 2014 11:40 AM (Fl2Di)

319 SNL did the same thing in '04 with Kerry when the jokes were so easy and hilarious they were writing themselves. 

Like Obama, Kerry just wasn't that funny. 

Here's how you do Obama: 1) He's physically awkward, geeky.  He has a birdlike walk.  If he bends over to get something, for example, his right foot goes up.  2) He's so narcissistic, he doesn't get it when people are insulting him.  He thinks negative comments must be an ironic form of praise, for example.  3) Because of that narcissism, he has no interpersonal boundaries. So, f/x, if he walks into a restaurant for a photo op, he eats people's fries and drinks their sodas while socializing and ends up kissing some guy's girlfriend.  4) He's so arrogant, he thinks every thought that he pulls out of his pocket is *golden*.  So, f/x, he doesn't have to study any issue, and he knows better than everyone, and tosses out solutions with the air of a king: "That music (Bach) could be better. It has too many notes. Have the composer take some away."  5) He has no idea when he's being stupid.

Posted by: rdbrewer at March 31, 2014 11:40 AM (Iyg03)

320 "Recently Rachel Ray had Biden on her show and naturally she brought up OCare and how wonderful it is a la Ellen De Generes."

As long predicted, that the celebrity left would push as hard as they could.

If the GOP have any sense, there will be wonderful commercials to be run. Pointing out the long list of said celebs and athletes who tout Obamacare without actually being on an Obamacare exchange policy themselves.

Posted by: torquewrench at March 31, 2014 11:40 AM (noWW6)

321 Honestly, it's still a good idea to headline it as making fun of obama. For one, a lot of people only read headlines, so roll the meme of "even SNL is making fun of the SCOAMF." And, two, they may watch it and reflect on just what a propaganda poser TFG is in reality. Spread the meme, regardless. I wouldn't call it deceptive. I would call it "obama-style marketing."

Posted by: artisanal 'ette at March 31, 2014 11:40 AM (IXrOn)

322
"Ann Coulter wants Mitt Romney to run again."



Well, she did post that she got tossed of her health insurance because of O-Care. so maybe she's just off her meds.

Posted by: Laurie David's Cervix at March 31, 2014 11:41 AM (kdS6q)

323 268 O/T but how come Gabe is now on HotAir. Is he dumping the 'rons 'ettes?
Posted by: Iblis
...........
They don't pay in hobo pelts and all you can guzzle Val-U-Rite?

Posted by: Chi-town Jerry at March 31, 2014 11:41 AM (Z7PrM)

324 >>>If a comedian has an IQ of 200 and provides hilarity 5 levels deep and no one laughs, guess what? comedian failed.

Or just needs to find a different audience? Not necessarily a failure, but you DO need to play to the room you are in when you are in it. I love Eddie Izzard's stand up to death (or cake), but if you don't have a solid understanding of history a lot of it goes right over your head. Luckily he has enough of a draw now that he can play to an audience who gets him.

Posted by: LizLem at March 31, 2014 11:41 AM (BF+2f)

325 Posted by: Lace Wigs at March 31, 2014 04:37 PM (oGrEy) Hmmm.... or perhaps... the Band member who was the waiter in the Blues Brothers? (since we are on a comedy thread...).

Posted by: THEE Gloriosus... at March 31, 2014 11:41 AM (84gbM)

326 274 "O/T but how come Gabe is now on HotAir. Is he dumping the 'rons 'ettes?"
===============

Ed posted something about having some guest bloggers while he's out this week.

Posted by: Kensington (@NYKensington) at March 31, 2014 04:33 PM (/AHDz) Salem Communications outreach.

Posted by: tubal at March 31, 2014 11:41 AM (YEQ2h)

327 Thank you. It's very frustrating to have your review downgraded from "exceeds expectations" to "meets expectations" by your boss's boss (who works in a whole different state) because, "well, the VP doesn't want anyone marked as exceeding."


Bull-fucking-shit.

Posted by: DangerGirl at March 31, 2014 04:34 PM (GrtrJ)

 

 

---------------------------------------------

 

 

There's a purpose to it.  They don't have to give out raises if  everyone is just average.  Saves a lot of money that way.

 

Just sayin'.  I'm going through the same thing.

Posted by: Soona at March 31, 2014 11:41 AM (NM86I)

328 "Ann Coulter wants Mitt Romney to run again." ---- Not that I support Mitt Romney, but in general 2016 is a much better election for him to run than 2012. 2012 was about Obamacare, so running the guy who did the original Obamacare made no sense. But Obama has already destroyed Obamacare. I'm not claming he should run, but if he had no run in 2012 and chose to run in 2016 with all things being equal. 2016 appears it would have been more favorable to him.

Posted by: SH at March 31, 2014 11:41 AM (gmeXX)

329

To answer Ace's (and my) question:  no, it's not really America, not in a form I respect, or feel any connection to.  I just live here. 

 

Posted by: non-purist at March 31, 2014 11:41 AM (afQnV)

330 best SNL skit ever for me was a Steve Martin monologue that became some sort of broadway showtunes inspirational song about all the cast members sang about how hard they would try tonight just because of Steve Martin

Chris Farley sang something like "not gonna get drunked up tonight, gonna try and make it through tonight, I won't start drinking, until Update is over, that's my promise to youuuuuuuu the vieweerrrrrrrrrrrrr!!!"

 

Posted by: chelsea danger at March 31, 2014 11:42 AM (KfDDN)

331 Recently Rachel Ray had Biden on her show and naturally she brought up OCare and how wonderful it is a la Ellen De Generes. In a truly bizarre bit, Ray talked about what a wonderful, glowing complexion Biden has. I guess if you don't think you have nothing to make wrinkles for. Jesus. Posted by: Cheri at March 31, 2014 04:36 PM (G+Wff) Rachael's about to find out have much she's damaged her brand. She's now routinely beat up on twitter about her Obamacare crap.

Posted by: Tami [/i][/b][/u][/s] at March 31, 2014 11:42 AM (bCEmE)

332 There's no objective definition of comedy. There is, however, the BBoy Unified Field Theory of Comedy: there is only so much funny in the known universe. Much of the early history of comedy came from only a few people like Red Skelton, the Marx Brothers, the Three Stooges, Rodney Dangerfield and a few others. In today's world, everybody and their cousin is a comedian. The net result is a dilution of funny, to the point where there are too many people to contain the essential element. Hence, current "comedians" just aren't funny. It's science.

Posted by: BackwardsBoy, who did not vote for this shit [/i][/s][/b][/u] at March 31, 2014 11:42 AM (0HooB)

333 That's bizarre. Is your company called Mediocre Systems Inc, or something? Posted by: Waterhouse at March 31, 2014 04:37 PM (fOLwM)


How did you know?  The guys on the floor only work the bare minimum to get by, so why shouldn't we lab folk do the same?

No, seriously.  My review went really well.  It is two weeksish later when this, "sorry we have to go back and change your review, the VP said we have to" bullshit is happening.

That going above and beyond thing?  Yeah, not gonna do it anymore.  Why should I?

Posted by: DangerGirl at March 31, 2014 11:43 AM (GrtrJ)

334 17 Trillion people have signed up for Obamacare! I call that a good start.

Posted by: Nancy Lugosi at March 31, 2014 11:43 AM (HLprW)

335 I did watch the "Black Jeopardy" skit from SNL with Louis C.K.  It was pretty funny. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VWuJHbVZBQg

Posted by: no good deed at March 31, 2014 11:43 AM (ILBCY)

336 "Recently Rachel Ray had Biden on her show and naturally she brought up OCare and how wonderful it is a la Ellen De Generes." As long predicted, that the celebrity left would push as hard as they could. If the GOP have any sense, there will be wonderful commercials to be run. Pointing out the long list of said celebs and athletes who tout Obamacare without actually being on an Obamacare exchange policy themselves. Posted by: torquewrench at March 31, 2014 04:40 PM (noWW6) And, she broke down in tears evidently. I can't say what I want to here. Also, rodent Jarrett says she signed up for obamacare. What a joke.

Posted by: artisanal 'ette at March 31, 2014 11:43 AM (IXrOn)

337 Just sayin'. I'm going through the same thing. Posted by: Soona at March 31, 2014 04:41 PM (NM86I) --- Exactly. Obama's America is Lake Wobegon.

Posted by: Y-not at March 31, 2014 11:43 AM (zDsvJ)

338 Is this misinterpret Kensington day? Is Kensington on the hate-list, because several people are misinterpreting him maliciously. Posted by: bonhomme at March 31, 2014 04:40 PM (A0glY) I haven't misinterpreted him. He's a dickhead who loves the art world and that they are noble. I believe it was this past Friday he chimed in the Gwyneth Paltrow and her ilk are noble.

Posted by: Misanthopic Humanitarian at March 31, 2014 11:43 AM (HVff2)

339 Spread the meme, regardless. I wouldn't call it deceptive. I would call it "obama-style marketing." -- Right, that's what GatewayPundit does. I assume he's aware he does this. And I support him in it. I expect and want Gateway to spin everything in as negative a light as possible for Obama, the Democrats, and the Left. Everyone needs some propagandists on their side. I have other sources I seek out for honesty. Like Ace.

Posted by: Flatbush Joe at March 31, 2014 11:43 AM (ZPrif)

340 305 "Ann Coulter wants Mitt Romney to run again."


I guess Ann's brain is a bit rattled bouncing back and forth so hard between Rombley and Chrispie

Posted by: Burn the Witch at March 31, 2014 04:38 PM (HLprW) Sometimes she just says shit. To be saying. It's  kind of a contrarian/controversial position she stakes out.

Posted by: tubal at March 31, 2014 11:44 AM (YEQ2h)

341 "Is Kensington on the hate-list, because several people are misinterpreting him maliciously."
===============

Eh, screw 'em.

Posted by: Kensington (@NYKensington) at March 31, 2014 11:44 AM (/AHDz)

342

I look at Gabe as the maître d' at the restaurant with an undeserved reputation for good food. Wearing white shoes after Labor Day, he escorts you to a table, insulting you the entire time. He then disappears.

 

So...Gabe is teh French?

Posted by: Frumious Bandersnatch at March 31, 2014 11:44 AM (JtwS4)

343 Ann Coulter wants Mitt Romney to run again. Does she like watching a guy get bilked of all his money by Karl Rove-types?

Posted by: Bevel Lemelisk at March 31, 2014 11:44 AM (ojOys)

344 Gabe's Meatballin'? Tsk, tsk, tsk...frowned upon.

Posted by: Lincolntf at March 31, 2014 11:44 AM (ZshNr)

345 I think it's April Fools Eve magic. Posted by: eleven at March 31, 2014 04:39 PM (GXZgZ) /Epiphany... This would be my wedding anniversary.... would have been 25 years if the Ex had not screwed around on me... Wow....

Posted by: THEE Gloriosus... at March 31, 2014 11:44 AM (84gbM)

346 Kudos to those who were able to sit through to the whole thing. I made it about two minutes.

Posted by: Adam at March 31, 2014 11:45 AM (Aif/5)

347 Most comedians start in the NYC or LA comedy club scene. Which means it really, really helps to appeal to drunk 20-something, left-wing New Yorkers to have a successful career.

Posted by: Flatbush Joe at March 31, 2014 11:46 AM (ZPrif)

348 "Romney has the 'told ya so' thing going for him, but still..."

Romney has the huge strike against him of having picked Ryan.

Ryan, the abruptly revealed "Mr. Amnesty" poster boy.

Ryan, who decided that out of the entire enormous federal budget, the only thing he could find and agree to cut were military pensions.

Ryan, who got rudely manhandled in a nationally televised debate by a guy who is functionally retarded.

Even if Romney picked someone else (please!), the bad Ryan odor remains.

Posted by: torquewrench at March 31, 2014 11:46 AM (noWW6)

349 That going above and beyond thing? Yeah, not gonna do it anymore. Why should I?
Posted by: DangerGirl

I had that happen with one of my reviews. You could actually see where they had erased some numbers to change them into the "average" rating. I was told they didn't have the money that year to give out any real raises. Everyone was getting average.

Really makes you want to work harder.

Posted by: Bruce at March 31, 2014 11:46 AM (AmKXP)

350 It's high unintentional comedy in a thread about comedy.

Posted by: bonhomme at March 31, 2014 04:36 PM (A0glY)

I just read through it.....

Wow.

Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at March 31, 2014 11:46 AM (QFxY5)

351 And, she broke down in tears evidently. I can't say what I want to here.

Also, rodent Jarrett says she signed up for obamacare. What a joke.

Posted by: artisanal 'ette at March 31, 2014 04:43 PM (IXrOn)Ah yes, I get all my health care advice from the pudgy cook.

Posted by: tubal at March 31, 2014 11:46 AM (YEQ2h)

352 "I haven't misinterpreted him. He's a dickhead who loves the art world and that they are noble. I believe it was this past Friday he chimed in the Gwyneth Paltrow and her ilk are noble."
==============

You dishonest utter turd. You absolutely illiterate douchebag. At no point did I say that Gwyneth Paltrow or her ilk are noble. I said that acting is noble. And honrable.

That has nothing to do with any particular actor, nor does it deny that Gwyneth Paltrow is a jerk.

Seriously, go screw yourself.

Posted by: Kensington (@NYKensington) at March 31, 2014 11:46 AM (/AHDz)

353 Those Comedy Central "specials" for no-name comics? The audience are college kids in NYC given free tickets. They are just told it's a "Comedy Show" -- no idea who the comics are. Comedy Central rents the arena and will film several "specials" back to back. It's how the no-name's get a packed arena before they are famous. Expensive to rent a hall in NYC. Comedy Central bets on the young comedians, bankrolls some TV specials, gets a cut of touring college towns afterwards.

Posted by: Flatbush Joe at March 31, 2014 11:48 AM (ZPrif)

354 he chimed in the Gwyneth Paltrow and her ilk are noble.

Posted by: Misanthopic Humanitarian at March 31, 2014 04:43 PM (HVff2)

I think he said that actors and acting *can* be noble.

I do believe that it is Misinterpret Kensington Day.

Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at March 31, 2014 11:48 AM (QFxY5)

355 I believe it was this past Friday he chimed in the Gwyneth Paltrow and her ilk are noble.

What's your definition of noble?  First responders and soldiers only?

Personally I think any honest worker is honorable, which is a synonym of noble.

Posted by: bonhomme[/i][/b][/i][/b][/s][/s] at March 31, 2014 11:48 AM (44jNh)

356 Ray Liotta just passed away.

Posted by: Ronan Farrow at March 31, 2014 11:49 AM (DrWcr)

357 Posted by: Kensington (@NYKensington) at March 31, 2014 04:46 PM (/AHDz Fuck you very much, must of got under your slimy skin. Have a nice day :-)

Posted by: Misanthopic Humanitarian at March 31, 2014 11:49 AM (HVff2)

358

>>>no sarcasm, no agenda. Explain to me how it's wrong. If I'm wrong, please tell me how, I'm all about the learning. Not kidding.

 

Sorry, missed this becoz I was reading, T9

 

Its just you're conflating the title "comedian" with a job to do, that job being "making people laugh", but thats not always the goal of comedy, as a genre.

 

A satirist is a form of comedian, but he's doing satire to tear down a public figure, for example, or a social more. Voltaire did that with Candide, and a lot of nameless pamphleteers did that during the 1600-1700s.

 

Other types of comedy intentionally take on social stigmas or cultural taboos in order to break them or change them. They're never funny. Is the movie War of the Roses a comedy? Yes. What about Punch Drunk Love? Yes. Lars and the Real Girl? Yep.

 

Its kind of why The Comedian in the Watchmen series is actually a comedian, but is never funny. He's the dark funhouse inversion of reality, but what he's showing you is more painfully true than what you initially thought.

All I'm saying is that Comedy proper is a bigger thing than stand up routines and half of it is lost, honestly. Because it doesn't pay and it is hard.

 

Posted by: Bigby's Chapped Hands at March 31, 2014 11:49 AM (3ZtZW)

359 >>I do believe that it is Misinterpret Kensington Day. That's why I'm making corned beef and cabbage today!

Posted by: Y-not at March 31, 2014 11:50 AM (zDsvJ)

360 What is it about the humor theory threads that turns them so ugly?

Posted by: Nancy Lugosi at March 31, 2014 11:50 AM (HLprW)

361 Romney has the "told ya so" thing going for him, but still...Posted by: Chi-town Jerry at March 31, 2014 04:36 PM (Z7PrM)

I think he dodged a massive bullet, not getting elected, tbh. All the failures of Obamacare would have been dumped on his shoulders instead of the God King. He would have been the one that let it fail, if he for some reason was not able to repeal it like he planned. His fault the website is screwed. Also Obama's brand of foreign policy is rearing its ugly head, a lot of bad will built up over the last years that he would have gotten blamed for.

Would have been a good president fiscally, but his time has passed. But no way is Christie ever repealing Obamacare, if Coulter still plays cheerleader for him after all this she will greatly disappoint me.

Posted by: LizLem at March 31, 2014 11:50 AM (BF+2f)

362 I understand that Kensington was saying acting could be noble and honorable-and yes it can be depending what's done. I also understood the point he was trying to make about SNL and comedy.

Posted by: FenelonSpoke at March 31, 2014 11:50 AM (XyM/Y)

363 358 Ray Liotta just passed away. Posted by: Ronan Farrow at March 31, 2014 04:49 PM (DrWcr) He often told me what a big fan of my show he was....

Posted by: Keith Olbermann at March 31, 2014 11:50 AM (Aif/5)

364 Ray Liotta just passed away. Holy crap.....

Posted by: eleven at March 31, 2014 11:50 AM (GXZgZ)

365 The Roots and Aspects of Nobility; a Disquisition on Comedy, a companion E-book to A Gentleman's Guide to Distributing Semen, both available exclusively through AoS publishing.

Posted by: Lincolntf at March 31, 2014 11:51 AM (ZshNr)

366 Expensive to rent a hall in NYC.

Posted by: Flatbush Joe at March 31, 2014 04:48 PM (ZPrif)

We rented a hall for the NY/NJ Moron Meet-up scheduled for May 1st.

Are you coming?

[well....actually we arranged to meet in the basement of a neighborhood bar during Happy Hour, but that's almost the same thing.]

Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at March 31, 2014 11:51 AM (QFxY5)

367

Ray's audience will actually applaud her when she sprinkles some bread crumbs on meat in a bowl or cracks a fricken' egg.  The dumbing down of America continues apace. 

 

 Biden admonished young people to sign  up for  Obamacare for "Mom".   "Do it for Mom" the blithering dolt said.

Posted by: Cheri at March 31, 2014 11:51 AM (G+Wff)

368 >>Personally I think any honest worker is honorable, which is a synonym of noble. ^This.

Posted by: Y-not at March 31, 2014 11:51 AM (zDsvJ)

369 "Fuck you very much, must of got under your slimy skin. Have a nice day :-)"
===============

It's amazing how intellectually dishonest comment hackery will do that. Congratulations!

Posted by: Kensington (@NYKensington) at March 31, 2014 11:51 AM (/AHDz)

370 I'm still curious why big popcorn outed me as a dick. And are we talking like private eye here or jackass or...man? So. Many. Questions.

Posted by: Lauren at March 31, 2014 11:52 AM (hFL/3)

371 nood

Posted by: AltonJackson at March 31, 2014 11:52 AM (9HP5k)

372 Did I say Ray Liotta?  Sorry, I meant Ray Wise.  All these Rays look alike to me...

Posted by: Ronan Farrow at March 31, 2014 11:52 AM (DrWcr)

373 "Ray Liotta just passed away." Heh.

Posted by: Ricardo Kill at March 31, 2014 11:52 AM (gOoFi)

374 Wait.....is he dead like Jeff Golblum dead or like dead dead?

Posted by: eleven at March 31, 2014 11:53 AM (VhqUZ)

375 Sometimes Lincolntf makes me laugh disproportionately hard. At these times I feel I must criticize him for his Romney support to restore the balance. RINO! (Much better now)

Posted by: Nancy Lugosi at March 31, 2014 11:53 AM (HLprW)

376 Off Pelousy sock

Posted by: Burn the Witch at March 31, 2014 11:53 AM (HLprW)

377 The Ray-Ban Company has filed for bankruptcy. 

Posted by: Ronan Farrow at March 31, 2014 11:53 AM (leNBy)

378 >>372 I'm still curious why big popcorn outed me as a dick. I'm still trying to figure out who the @282 "fat man" is at whom I took shots!

Posted by: Y-not at March 31, 2014 11:54 AM (zDsvJ)

379 Ray Liotta just passed away.

Holy crap.....

Posted by: eleven at March 31, 2014 04:50 PM (GXZgZ)

Not true.

Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at March 31, 2014 11:54 AM (QFxY5)

380 Ray Liotta just passed away. Posted by: Ronan Farrow
.........
Nothing on the news pages about it..  Where did you hear this?

Or, is this supposed to be humorous coming from a Ronan Farrow sock?

Posted by: Chi-town Jerry at March 31, 2014 11:55 AM (Z7PrM)

381 "Not true." Something from an earlier thread.

Posted by: Ricardo Kill at March 31, 2014 11:55 AM (gOoFi)

382 376 Wait.....is he dead like Jeff Golblum dead or like dead dead?

Posted by: eleven at March 31, 2014 04:53 PM (VhqUZ)

 

We're goofin' on Ronan Farrow.  He has a hard time telling his Rays apart.  http://tinyurl.com/kjoxnt9 


 

Posted by: Insomniac at March 31, 2014 11:55 AM (DrWcr)

383 Personally. Lauren, I would take big popcorn with a grain of salt. ;^)

Posted by: FenelonSpoke at March 31, 2014 11:56 AM (XyM/Y)

384 Ray Wise's best role was as the Devil in Reaper.

Posted by: Iblis at March 31, 2014 11:56 AM (9221z)

385 "Ray Wise's best role was as the Devil in Reaper."
==============

He's terrific in everything. And he's only 66! I'm glad he's not really dead.

Posted by: Kensington (@NYKensington) at March 31, 2014 11:59 AM (/AHDz)

386

Posted by: Insomniac at March 31, 2014 04:55 PM (DrWcr)

Hah! From the link: "Unfortunately, MSNBCÂ’s graphics department apparently thinks that when youÂ’ve seen one Ray, youÂ’ve seen ‘em all."


Which makes Ronan Farrow a Ray-cist.

Posted by: LizLem at March 31, 2014 11:59 AM (BF+2f)

387 138 OT but I am so infuriated with my employer right now. They seem to be really invested in making me a mediocre employee instead of a great one. Posted by: DangerGirl at March 31, 2014 03:59 PM (GrtrJ) Sorry critter. but here's the cool part. You learn from good stuff AND bad stuff. You need both. Tempers you. Slow and steady, divorce emotion from it (oh... uh... that's the really hard part), and press.

Posted by: tangonine at March 31, 2014 12:01 PM (x3YFz)

388 Apparently some of youse guys have nothing better to do that read every comment all day long.. I didn't see the "Ray" thing earlier..

Posted by: Chi-town Jerry at March 31, 2014 12:01 PM (Z7PrM)

389 well....actually we arranged to meet in the basement of a neighborhood bar during Happy Hour, but that's almost the same thing.] Is the floor show with the cockroachess in whipped cream included or do you have to pay extra for that?

Posted by: FenelonSpoke at March 31, 2014 12:01 PM (XyM/Y)

390 Ray Charles is dead?

Posted by: tangonine at March 31, 2014 12:01 PM (x3YFz)

391 356 Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at March 31, 2014 04:48 PM (QFxY5) No it isn't: Why can only one of those be noble? It is noble to provide entertainment to people. I know that I would be bereft without the relief provided frequently by a good movie or TV show.Life is hard, and actors make it easier for people to deal with how hard life can be. That's noble.Posted by: Kensington (I'm all for slamming douchebag liberal actors, but acting is a legitimate, even noble, pursuit, and anyone who has ever enjoyed a play or a movie or a performance should be able to see that.Posted by: Kensington (@NYKensington) at March 28, 2014 07:00 PM (/AHDz) @NYKensington) at March 28, 2014 07:09 PM (/AHDz 23 "I refuse to equate acting with work." ============== No, it's work. Hard (simple, but hard) and honorable work, even, in spite of the fact that most actors are vapid douchebags. There's a reason why some actors are good and some actors are bad posted by: Kensington (@NYKensington) at March 28, 2014 06:54 PM (/AHDz)

Posted by: Misanthopic Humanitarian at March 31, 2014 12:02 PM (HVff2)

392

The usual right-wing bloggers and pundits have all been shrieking in unison "ZOMG, SNL mocked Obama!!!!1!eleventy!"

Wrong, wrong, wrong.

Posted by: Citizen X at March 31, 2014 03:39 PM (7ObY1)

 

Agreed. It irks me when people on the Right crow about an MSM article, sitcom, news broadcast,  comedy skit, et al that is even tangentially critical of the President.  One can't decry the bias of the MSM while simultaneously seeking its favor.  That's like a beaten dog begging for table scraps.

 

Our views about President Obama (or anything else) don't need validation by the fucking Agitprop Division of the Democratic Party.

Posted by: troyriser at March 31, 2014 12:03 PM (2jF2B)

393 390 Apparently some of youse guys have nothing better to do that read every comment all day long.. I didn't see the "Ray" thing earlier.. Posted by: Chi-town Jerry at March 31, 2014 05:01 PM (Z7PrM) Some of us have intermittent jobs that require odd hours, so we choose to harass you when we're not out hobo hunting.

Posted by: tangonine at March 31, 2014 12:04 PM (x3YFz)

394 Posted by: Y-not at March 31, 2014 04:54 PM (zDsvJ) At the time, I thought it referenced "the head ewok" - But to be honest, this thread is so full of hate, I'm not wasting time going back to read any of it. Hope you are doing well. You've been in my thoughts lately.

Posted by: shredded chi at March 31, 2014 12:04 PM (6QQFN)

395 At the time, I thought it referenced "the head ewok" - But to be honest, this thread is so full of hate, I'm not wasting time going back to read any of it. Posted by: shredded chi at March 31, 2014 05:04 PM (6QQFN) awww... I'll give you a hug! just watch your hands

Posted by: tangonine at March 31, 2014 12:06 PM (x3YFz)

396 Recently Rachel Ray had Biden on her show and naturally she brought up OCare and how wonderful it is a la Ellen De Generes. In a truly bizarre bit, Ray talked about what a wonderful, glowing complexion Biden has. I guess if you don't think you have nothing to make wrinkles for. Jesus. Posted by: Cheri at March 31, 2014 04:36 PM (G+Wff) Rachael's about to find out have much she's damaged her brand. She's now routinely beat up on twitter about her Obamacare crap. Posted by: Tami at March 31, 2014 04:42 PM (bCEmE) Rachel "messipe-rhymes with recipe"Ray became tiresome about a year into her show and books. Her cooking show became a lame version of Oprah, Ellen, etc. with her constant series of guests from the left side of the world, and her stupid interviews with them that droned on and on with little cooking and a lot of new age wonder and let's do it for all. I do have cooking shows I watch but only if they actually cook something reasonable on it. Her's dropped off my list fairly quickly for the above reasons. She is a chubby idiot that has a smile like the joker, who throws food together(hence the term"messipes") in an incomprehensible manner. For this she has managed to keep a nationally syndicated show. Biden was a perfect fit. Two idiots together.

Posted by: Jen at March 31, 2014 12:08 PM (IdGqX)

397 Rachel Ray's husband paid hookers to spit on him. At least, that was the Enquirer's claim.

Posted by: Bevel Lemelisk at March 31, 2014 12:12 PM (X9npt)

398 >>386 Ray Wise's best role was as the Devil in Reaper. I LOVED him in that. Was so sad to see that show go... although the hipster/PC factor was a bit annoying. I also loved him as the lawyer in The Closer. Mr Y-not, inspired by that character, had a pic taken of himself dressed in similar Slick Lawyer garb and with the Ray Wise smirk. Pretty awesome. Also, thanks shredded chi. Life is dealing some rough cards right now. Nice to get a break from it for a bit.

Posted by: Y-not at March 31, 2014 12:12 PM (zDsvJ)

399 You've been in my thoughts lately. Thanks; You've been in my thoughts too. chi Hope you are doing o.k.

Posted by: FenelonSpoke at March 31, 2014 12:15 PM (XyM/Y)

400 and people still give me crap for ignoring the MFM machine...


Posted by: redc1c4 at March 31, 2014 12:18 PM (q+fqH)

401 Oh, sorry. I just realized that was a comment directed just to Y-Not. Not a general one. But you have been in my thoughts, chi.

Posted by: FenelonSpoke at March 31, 2014 12:19 PM (XyM/Y)

402 His greatest weakness is that he cares too much. So we'll make fun of that. And he's cool. So we'll rib him about that too. Comedy. What is it?

Posted by: Leftie Truth at March 31, 2014 12:20 PM (7v8o1)

403 I do have to wonder how cooking channels determine who gets a show on their channel. I guess. like 24 hour news, it takes a lot to fill up the time, and so credentials aren't needed . Nadia G's Bitchin Kitchen is another head scratcher. The food is pretty basic-most people could follow a beginner cookbook and produce the same results. The show itself, is so stupid, visually aggravating, and the jokes incredibly boring and lame. It's geared for 15 year olds to cook, most of whom aren't interested in cooking more than a microwave pizza. Nadia has NO cooking credentials. Zero. Hasn't cooked professionally anywhere that I am aware. I guess the network brass liked the three inch red heels.... I always wondered what someone from another planet might think if they landed here and turned on our television selections......

Posted by: Jen at March 31, 2014 12:22 PM (IdGqX)

404 Too many people need to dig into the SNL archives and find the "Jimmy Carter attacked by rabbit" bit. *THAT* was mocking a Dem POTUS. This is defense of Obama by deflecting blame to others, and is why comedians should aspire to die (or retire) young so they don't have to defend their earlier schtick. Mew

Posted by: acat at March 31, 2014 12:28 PM (4UkCP)

405 I watched Dan Rather's interview of the great Carol Burnett last week and she was asked about the state of comedy in this era. She remarked that almost all the stuff out there is "unclever". I never thought to put it that way, but it's so true. There's almost no thought to it.

Posted by: Matticus at March 31, 2014 12:33 PM (0Mr4u)

406 Jon Lovitz doing "Dukakis After Dark" was a) really pretty funny and b) absolutely stunning watching it 25 years later-- Dukakis and the left were the butt of the jokes in the sketch. They used to know how to do it. Now the joke is, "Man, isn't it amazing the way people try to drag Obama down because they're incapable of living up to his brilliance and forthrightness?"

Posted by: Head Football Coach Howard Schnellenberger at March 31, 2014 12:45 PM (T+Zre)

407 The hosts of the morning show on a very popular pop radio station in the Bay Area were doing an obviously scripted bit. They were talking about how "scary" and unsafe it is to not be covered by insurance (no skateboarding or surfing bro!) and how you should get signed up if you aren't. Because, serious you guys, not having insurance is scary.

Posted by: Chairman LMAO at March 31, 2014 12:58 PM (9eDbm)

408 Spot on Ace.  I thought the same thing when I watched it, well, part of it.  I kept waiting for the part where they made fun of obama, and it never happened. 

It did remind the viewer over and over to sign up, and to think of all the poor poor poor people out there that need obamacare so very much.  Bah!

On our local news this morning and afternoon they repeated OVER AND OVER that today was the deadline!  Don't forget!  The fricken thing was weird - I've never seen anything like it in my life.

So, they would remind you to sign up, then mention a minor bit of local news, then again pitch obamacare, then the local temps, then back to "don't forget to sign up"!

Posted by: GrandeMe at March 31, 2014 01:35 PM (o5drD)

409 Thank you. It's very frustrating to have your review downgraded from "exceeds expectations" to "meets expectations" by your boss's boss (who works in a whole different state) because, "well, the VP doesn't want anyone marked as exceeding."Bull-fucking-shit. Posted by: DangerGirl at March 31, 2014 04:34 PM (GrtrJ) From someone that has been forced to downward revise subordinates annual reviews, it all comes down to the money. Higher review=higher raise. The big boss has been told to not spend the money. It all sucks.

Posted by: NoLongerintheBellyoftheBeast at March 31, 2014 02:25 PM (D/mKE)

410 >>It all ended with Cowbell. Astronaut Jones was fully as good as anything else they've done.

Posted by: Chris_Balsz at March 31, 2014 02:39 PM (5xmd7)

411 With all these negative posts here. Why does America keep watching  sndead?

Posted by: Heltau at March 31, 2014 09:44 PM (gODbg)

412 Yes my thoughts exactly. The sketch tries to distance someone from the absurd situation they created. It's like the Jerry Springer final thought.

Posted by: Dan at April 01, 2014 04:10 AM (IwGM5)

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