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Newsweek on Fox's "News Hour": only time I laughed was during a commercial for "The O'Reilly Factor"
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"News Hour," which premiered last night and will air again on March 4th, borrows from both "the Daily Show" and the "Weekend Update" segment from "Saturday Night Live." The two co-anchors, Kurt McNally (actor Kurt Long) and Jennifer Lange (actress Jenn Robertson) trade limp barbs as news-anchor caricatures; he's composed to the point of being wooden, she's vapid and chirpy. Their interactions are weirdly stilted, as if both are performing alone against a green screen, not actually playing off each other. The boisterous laughter comes not from a live audience, but from a laugh track that sounds like its most recent use was on "One Day at a Time," and is applied far too liberally (ha!).

The bits are stale and uninspired, beginning with a faux Oval Office address from our new president, Rush Limbaugh, and his vice president, Ann Coulter. Both appear as themselves, and while Limbaugh could have been worse, considering the material he was working with, Coulter looks visibly uncomfortable. But no one could blame her with flop sweat-inducing jokes like these. Lange offered this one about Hillary Clinton's speech declaring her bid for the presidency: "Clinton said I'm not just starting a campaign, though, I'm beginning a conversation with you, with America. Let's talk. Let's chat. If you'd like to chat with Mrs. Clinton, it's $4.99 for the first minute, $2.99 for each additional minute."

Hello? Is this thing on? OK, I've got another, this one on Barack Obama, who's virtually begging to be taken down a peg: According to polls, only 8% of Americans are bothered by the fact that Obama's middle name is Hussein. However, almost 2/3 of Americans were disappointed to learn that his nickname in college was "Gassy." C'mon, does that even make sense? This led into a segment promoting "BO: The Barack Obama Magazine." The bit promised that subscribers will get a free t-shirt that says "Don't Tell Mama I'm for Obama." Scatological humor, rhyming-name jokesthis is smart stuff.
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The only time I actually laughed during the entire show was during a commercial break, after seeing a promo which I'd initially thought was part of the show. The promo was for an episode of "The O'Reilly Factor" this week, which will apparently find Bill O'Reilly tackling such hot-button political issues as the forthcoming sex tape starring celebutante Kim Kardashian and R&B singer Ray-J. When I finished laughing and realized that wasn't a joke, it became clear to me Fox News already has comedy covered. Why fix what isn't broken?



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