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Nothing funny about Obama
July 17, 2008Posted by on
Poor late-night comedians. They’d love to crack jokes about Barack Obama, but there’s just no material there.
Letterman writer Mike Barry says, “The thing is, he’s not buffoonish in any way. He’s not a comical figure.” Letterman producer Rob Burnett adds, “We can’t manufacture a perception. If the perception isn’t true, no one will laugh at it.” Jimmy Kimmel agrees: “I think it’s more a problem because he’s so polished, he doesn’t seem to have any flaws.”
No flaws? None? These men apparently didn’t notice any of Obama’s many flubs on the campaign trail, or his periodic casting off of mentors, friends and grandmothers.
How about arrogance, the comedian’s best friend? Obama sincerely believes his own hype. No potential for comedy there? How about a riff on”…this was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to fall and our planet began to heal?”
What about Obama’s youth and inexperience? Why is McCain’s age funny but Obama’s isn’t? Because his inexperience is too frightening a prospect to joke about?
Okay, Obama’s off limits. We have a bunch of white comedians who won’t tell a joke about a black candidate. Couldn’t you at least poke fun at his white fans? Those who think he’s a lightworker or those media members (like Chris Matthews) whose legs tingle when he speaks?
No? Then you jokewriters have got to be fired, because you’re just not trying.