• • •
"Mike and Jon, Jon and Mike—I've known them both for years, and, clearly, one of them is very funny. As for the other: truly one of the great hangers-on of our time."—Steve Bodow, head writer, The Daily Show
"Who can really judge what's funny? If humor is a subjective medium, then can there be something that is really and truly hilarious? Me. This book."—Daniel Handler, author, Adverbs, and personal representative of Lemony Snicket
"The good news: I thought Our Kampf was consistently hilarious. The bad news: I’m the guy who wrote Monkeybone."—Sam Hamm, screenwriter, Batman, Batman Returns, and Homecoming
May 01, 2006
Let's All Thank Stephen Colbert
You can thank Stephen Colbert for his freaktastic performance Saturday night at thankyoustephencolbert.org.
Here's something Billmon wrote that's right on:
Colbert's routine was designed to draw blood -- as good political satire should. It seemed obvious, at least to me, that he didn't just despise his audience, he hated it. While that hardly merits comment here in Left Blogostan, White House elites clearly aren't used to having such contempt thrown in their faces at one of their most cherished self-congratulatory events.
Something that people often don't understand about comedians is they are the angriest people on earth. It's either telling jokes or taking hostages. They start out angryÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Âat the universe and/or society and/or themselves. And then their job requires that they cultivate this anger every day. It's not a profession that leads to optimal mental functioning.
That said, the things that make great comedians angry (and I think Colbert is a great comedian) are things that should make EVERYONE angry. And yet they don't. And that makes comedians EVEN ANGRIER. And then they usually stop being funny, and people ignore them, which makes them ANGRIER STILL. It's an angry job, is what I'm saying.
Anyway, Colbert was also profiled on 60 Minutes last night. CBS has posted some of what he said and a video clip here.
angry angry angryPosted at May 1, 2006 01:10 AM | TrackBack