January 19, 2007

SWAP A LAUGH TRACK FOR THE TUNES AND THE GODFATHER IS THE GREATEST COMEDY EVER MADE:

A Talking Head Meets His Comic Doppelgänger, and Sparks Fail to Fly (ALESSANDRA STANLEY, 1/19/07, NY Times)

The exchange was billed as the ultimate cable news vs. fake news smackdown: Stephen Colbert, who pretends to be a Bill O'Reilly-esque television pundit on his comedy show, "The Colbert Report," was a guest on Mr. O'Reilly's show on Fox News last night, and Mr. O'Reilly appeared on Mr. Colbert's mock talk show on Comedy Central.

And Mr. O'Reilly deserves credit for being a good sport, because his was the thankless role. The imitation was a lot funnier -- and sharper-edged -- than the real thing.


At the core of the argument that all comedy is conservative lies one obvious truth: there is no difference between the shtick of Mr. Colbert and Mr. O'Reilly.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 19, 2007 10:57 AM
Comments

Proving your point, here's a Rosie O'Donnell quote about this season's American Idol:

Rosie O'Donnell said, "Isn't that what America thinks is entertainment? To make fun of someone's physical appearance and then when they leave the room laugh hysterically at them?"

Well...DUH!

Posted by: Patrick H at January 19, 2007 1:58 PM

It's the basis of her career.

Posted by: oj at January 19, 2007 2:03 PM

O'Riley's humor has become mean and thoughtless. He deserves scorn for his Shawn Hornbeck comment the other day.

Posted by: Dave W at January 19, 2007 3:56 PM

It was a comment about the parents, no? And spot on.

Posted by: oj at January 19, 2007 5:52 PM
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