As featured on p. 218 of "Bloggers on the Bus," under the name "a MyDD blogger."

Sunday, February 18, 2007

Bad Comedy Liveblogging

As a stand-up who's spent a lot of time in open mikes, I have developed a high tolerance for pathetically bad comedy. So who better to shepherd us through the utter waste of 30 minutes of all of our lives than yours truly?

...Joe Klein gets the Enemy of the Week from Hannity! Incidentally, Hannity's going with the Ahmadinejad jacket-and-no-tie look. He must love Iran. we go... starts with the awful Rush Limbaugh sketch and the Hee-Haw laugh track. Which I've already seen. What's hilarious about this is that it starts as a Presidential address and then when Coulter walks in it suddenly becomes a sketch of them working.

...I should mention that "Kurt McNally" isn't named Kurt McNally. The anchors are apparently so confident of the show's success that they changed their names for it. Maybe they want to work in this town again and need some plausible deniability.

...Hillary will hire a group of angry lesbians? Ha!

Here's the most obvious joke of the year award... Iran denying that the Holocaust conference happened 4 months ago.

The fairness doctrine/Kucinich/Air America line is at least a joke.

gay penguins... here comes the funny children's book titles! Get it, they added "the budget deficit" to The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe! Get it?

Wow, that ACLU parody ad was completely offensive. Blaming the ACLU for allowing hate groups to speak in public... mainly right-wing hate groups, mind you, like the KKK and neo-Nazis and white supremacists. The upisdown going on there is almost enough to stop the space-time continuum.

And we're back...

joke about Saddam Hussein's daughter, and Suzanne Somers. Man this is depressing. Weekend Update only lasts 5 minutes.

Here's the Barack Obama sequence. So now I can tune out... yay, fart jokes and BO humor! Woo-hoo!

Even the production value on this thing is pathetic. And the "Don't Tell Mama I Voted For Obama" line is actually from the Obama campaign, as I remember.

Dom Irrera makes an appearance as the Che Guevara T-shirt salesman. Wow, they're reading. This is hilarious from the group of people that brought us the "Ayatollah Assahola" shirt.

One thing about this show. The jokes don't even really exist. They're simply placeholders to get out information about the enemies of Fox News. For example, the Obama segment, which boils down to "Obama snorted coke, Obama's middle name is Hussein."

Now we've got a celebrity charity sketch that I think I wrote a version of when I was 12 years old. The other funny thing about this show bashing Hollywood is that it comes out of Hollywood.

The Ed Begley running gag is particularly absurd. First of all, it's about Ed Begley. I'm trying to think if there's a more obscure celebrity/activist they could use. Mike Farrell?

Now there's a fake global warming evangelist guy on trying to link every problem in the world to global warming. For instance, how was the blizzard in Colorado caused by global warming?

This ACLU thing is a talking point masquerading as a "joke". Actually it's not a joke at all. It's a live-action Mallard Fillmore, just reading off a Federalist Society fax and adding a laugh track.

Wow, this is almost done. Merciful march of time!

Another Ed Begley shot to end the show. They said "we'll be back next week," and we can all have a good laugh at that. But get this. They're actually REPEATING this episode next week. They can't even manage 21 fresh minutes of shitty comedy a week.

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