Friday, July 16, 2004
Dennis Miller: Still Not funny
I think I read a variation of that statement -- Dennis Miller is not funny -- a dozen times or so this week:
Ironically, as Matt Stoller observed:
"Yes, honest discussion would be a major step forward. It would be THE major step forward. This lack of an effective and honest analytical framework for modern politics is underlying the political success of The Daily Show and The Onion. Comedians can call what's going on fraudulent and crazy, because like with bloggers there's no pretense of balance. I have always had tremendous respect for comedians, because you can't fake funny.Back to Miller -- he stopped being funny a long time ago. While there's humor in popping the bubble of sanctimony and pomposity of those in power; It can hardly be called edgy comedy to defend the "Powers that be." There's little funny to be found in the blind defence of poorly thought out policies executed miserably. Where's the humor in that?
It's interesting that SNL's failure to seize the political moment is palpable, whereas The Daily Show is attracting top political talent as guests. I also think that Jon Stewart is doing better interviews than anyone on TV. Stewart is not nasty to anyone - he's nice, inquisitive, and he always gives his guests the benefit of the doubt. But he doesn't tolerate bullshit, and he doesn't talk down to his audience. In fact, he's a lot less cynical than the journalists he interviews - he expects quality from our politics and media, and is still disappointed when he doesn't get it. How refreshing."
I wonder why no one has tried Google bombing the phrase "not funny" to Dennis Miller (Maybe its because he doesn't have a permanent home page).
Let me suggest this parody site: http://www.whitehouse.org/ask/dmiller.asp
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