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Gringo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-05-04 11:19 PM
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Is it me, or is Dave Barry unbelievably unfunny?
Edited on Thu Feb-05-04 11:20 PM by Gringo
I live in Miami, so we are subjected to his column EVERY DAY.

Now, he seems nice, and personable enough, but his entire repertoire consists of extreme hyperbole applied to everything - that's it, nothing else.

Why is this guy so popular?
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Dookus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-05-04 11:20 PM
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1. eh...
I don't think he's unbelievably funny, but he sure has his moments. Doing what he does as often as he does is pretty hard, so I give him credit for that. But he's not my favorite humorist.
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ScreamingMeemie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-05-04 11:22 PM
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2. It's you...I love Dave Barry, I really do. Especially his rant on Chevy
Suburban Subdivisions. ;)

But that's okay, you can not like him.
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Robb Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-05-04 11:22 PM
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3. I can't imagine being funny as often
as he has to come up with a column. And he isn't, so I cut him some slack. About once a month (or less) he really cracks me up, but most of the time he writes like someone who's really, really paid by the word. :)
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gatlingforme Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-05-04 11:23 PM
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4. I have been reading Dave Barry for over 15yrs - He's great I
love his writing style.
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MercutioATC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-05-04 11:24 PM
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5. Yes, he is. My parents are real granolas, and subscribed to the
"Mother Earth News". Barry had an occasional column there (some of his first stuff, I believe...late-70's/early 80's). The first I ever saw was a piece on building a redwood hot tub. Hysterical.
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camero Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-05-04 11:25 PM
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6. Don't knock hyperbole
Some of it is extremely funny. There's just a lack of really good humorists nowadays. Dave is one of them. Maybe familiarity breeds contempt?
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DS1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-05-04 11:31 PM
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7. He used to make me laugh until my sides hurt
Now everything has a forced feel to it.
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Awsi Dooger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-06-04 05:21 AM
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16. Forced and juvenile
Barry has definitely declined, although I never shared my father's appreciation of his humor to begin with.

The late, great Jim Murray of the LA Times used to sneak in one or two throwaway lines in his sports columns that were more hilarious than Dave Barry at his best.

When I was in Miami for the holidays, my younger sister said Barry had married a much younger Herald sportswriter -- Michelle Kaufmann, I think.
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SoCalDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-05-04 11:36 PM
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8. He used to be fairly amusing, but
hes pretty much said all he had to say... years ago :)
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camero Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-05-04 11:54 PM
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10. I thought his take on the viagra commercials was hilarious.
Look, I can throw a football through a tire. :) Wee
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ClintonTyree Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-05-04 11:52 PM
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9. His Clinton Bashing.................
a few yars ago really turned me off. He's one in a long line of 'reporters' from the Herald that have made it big in the offbeat writing genre. The master of course being Carl Hiaasen, who in my opinion layed the groundwork for guys like Berry and to a lesser extent, Dorsey from the Tampa Tribune.
I thought his earlier work was very funny, but he's become increasingly less so over the years.
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ChoralScholar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-06-04 12:07 AM
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11. I never liked his columns much
but his books are pretty funny. "Dave Barry Slept Here: A Sort of History of the United States" and "Dave Barry Hits Below the Beltway" are two of my favorites.

As for Clinton-bashing... it's not that he's partisan, he pretty well makes fun of all Presidents equally. It's part of his job as a humor writer.



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ThoughtCriminal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-06-04 01:25 AM
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12. I like him in moderate doses
And I swear I'm not making that up.
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MyshkinCommaPrince Donating Member (227 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-06-04 01:32 AM
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13. Dave Barry in a can.
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Commie Pinko Dirtbag Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-06-04 05:41 AM
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17. MIne... didn't come up quite right.
Recently in Knoxville (motto: "I bet no cat in existence poops as randomly as mine"), residents reported an outbreak of hoola hoops. Perhaps you think there are no hoola hoops in Knoxville. Perhaps you are an idiot.

As the French say, au contraire (literally: "You're so ugly your kids are safe from Michael Jackson!"). I have here in my hands a copy of an Associated Press article sent in by alert reader Allen Walden, whose name can be rearranged to spell "ANLELDELNA W", although that is not my main point. "Allen Walden", by the way, only has the letters "AllenWalen" in in common with "Monica Lewinsky", so there is no other reason to mention Monica Lewinsky in this column.

According to a quote which I am not making up, from Knoxville Mayor Edgar (formally "Mayor Edgar" and informally "Jim"), hoola hoops ranks as a major crisis just behind the Bush Administration, ass-covering and bigotry (insert your "hipocrisy" joke here), as evidenced by the following conversation between Knoxville government employees:

FIRST KNOXVILLE EMPLOYEE: "I'm free! Woo hoo! Se ya... never!"

SECOND KNOXVILLE EMPLOYEE: "fucking dumbass moron"

FIRST KNOXVILLE EMPLOYEE: "Hey, I know you! You're Mr. Fucking Dumbass Moron!"

Fortunately I have a suggestion for Mayor Jim, and that is: disclose George Steinbrenner's dick size.

No, seriously, my suggestion does not involve George Steinbrenner's dick size, although it might involve being the boss of Tobacco Institute scientists. My suggestion is more along the lines of a coup de grace, from the French coup, meaning "indulging", and de grace, meaning "my hobbies". The procedure (you may want to write this down):

1. become Buddhists
2. using a wire

But instead the Knoxville city council (motto: "We'll not let society become a bad remake of "Mad Max" when you pry the coffee mug out of our cold, dead fingers") thinks that they (the hoola hoops) will were the real protagonists of "The Hudsucker Proxy" soon, sending this message to the public, and to the world: "This car has keying-proof paint.".

Speaking of which, "The Knoxville Hoola hoops Outbreak" would be a great name for a rock band.
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ComerPerro Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-06-04 01:32 AM
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14. read Big Trouble
Good book, well written, good characters, great plot.
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Rabrrrrrr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-06-04 01:37 AM
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15. I think he's very funny
I love his yearly Christmas gift columns.

And his books: Dave Berry Does Japan is HILARIOUS, with some truly poignant and heartfelt observations of that culture. The Taming of the Screw is also deliciously funny. I actually referenced it in a paper once - his line that goes something like "Americans would rather live next to a pornography producing unbathed heroin addict than someone with an unkempt lawn".

And you know, he's right. :-)

But come on, like any artist, one can't expect everything to be pearls. Sometimes pearls are produced only because the artist was willing to wade through a siginificant amount of merde.
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RebelOne Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-06-04 05:44 AM
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18. I have been a fan of Dave Barry's for many years.
I never missed his column in the Miami Herald when I lived in South Florida.
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GOPBasher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-06-04 05:55 AM
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19. I'm sorry, but I think he's funny as hell.
I can't stop laughing when I read his column. :)
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Loonman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-06-04 06:11 AM
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20. It's you
n/t
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