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NanceGreggs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-18-08 08:04 PM
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No Laughing Matter
Edited on Fri Jul-18-08 08:09 PM by NanceGreggs
Its no surprise to anyone that our faltering economy is leading to massive cutbacks and job losses in every sector of employment.

However, few realize the impact that is now being felt by satirists, comedy writers, and pundits with a penchant for skewering our beloved politicians with their rapier wit.

These jobs once thought to be among the most secure, regardless of fluctuations in the economy are not being outsourced nor deemed unnecessary. They are instead being rendered redundant by the very political system that was all too often the target of their barbs, witty observations, and punchlines.

Sadly, they should have seen it coming.

Early on in the Bush misadministration, it became obvious to the staff writers of late-night talk-shows that simply running a tape of Bushs own remarks was more knee-slappingly funny than anything they could come up with no clever retort needed.

It was the dawn of the four-hour workweek for many a comedy writer, who hadnt had it this easy since the halcyon days when Dan Quayle was in office.

Even though the graffiti was on the wall, few realized that their livelihoods were in jeopardy as the politicians and their spokespeople started dazzling the audience with one-liners that would soon have all America rolling in the aisles.

Take John McCain please! Every time he opens his mouth, another stand-up comic throws his last batch of 8 by 10 glossies into the shredder, calls his agent, and acknowledges professional defeat.

Who can top the ramblings of a guy who believes he should be inaugurated as president in the year 2009, but still thinks Czechoslovakia is a country? What Catskills comic with his eye on the big-time can out-do a candidate who, running for the highest office in the land in the midst of economic disaster, can deliver the dead-panned statement that he doesnt understand this economy thing that everyones on about and why should it matter?

A perfect case in point is a recent statement from McCain national security adviser, Randy Scheunemann, that Barack Obamas stubbornness in wanting to end the war in Iraq was comparable to Bushs inflexible stay-the-course strategy thereby rendering the two philosophies too similar to appeal to voters.

Within minutes of suggesting that McCain was the obvious alternative because the American people have had enough of stubbornness and inflexibility in national security policy, two dozen employees at The Onion cleared out their desks and headed for the unemployment office.

You know, you can make this shit up, said one stunned ex-writer. I mean, that was our job, making this shit up. Now theyre making this shit up themselves and some of it is damned funny.

And its not just the McCain Straight Talk Express and if that isnt satire, I dont know what is sucking all of the comedic oxygen out of the room.

In addition, the mainstream TV news media inadvertently comical at the best of times is now offering comedic stylings of their own.

CNN recently spoofed its own legendary lack of substance in a piece featuring a body language expert opining on the candidates movements. Watch how Hillary wraps herself in her own arms on-stage, demonstrating vulnerability and a need for self-protection Funny, funny, funny stuff.

Not to be outdone, MSNBC news commentators later waxed philosophical over Hills new hair-do, with special attention paid to the political implications of having moved her part from one side of her head to the other.

Phone lines across the nation were overloaded as friends called each other, too convoluted in laughter to speak coherently, yelling, Put on the TV, right now!!! No, I cant describe the just do it! Youre gonna laugh your ass off!!!

Personally, I have always been a fan of the straight man, the guy who can look into the camera, completely dead-pan, and deliver outrageously hysterical lines without a hint of mirth.

And this is where the talking heads are garnering the guffaws that stand-ups used to dream about, with riffs like The incredible success in Iraq, the strong economy, or the oft-relied upon zinger thats bound to keep em in stitches, President Bushs intelligent and well-thought-out plans for , one of those mad-lib type of jokes that can end in virtually anything and still leave em laughing.

This is the kind of stuff thats putting guys like me on the street, said a former satirist I know. Reduced to panhandling, he camps outside an electronics store where he can watch the news on a TV in the window.

Did you catch Lou Dobbs tonight, he asked as I walked by just moments ago, sadly shaking his head. Dobbs just said its official, The media is in the tank for Barack Obama. On my best day, I couldnt have come up with a gem like that.

As I dropped some change in his tin cup, situated under a crudely-made handwritten sign that says Will crack wise for food, I wondered how many more will join his ranks in the days to come.
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CaliforniaPeggy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-18-08 08:15 PM
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1. My dear Nance!


K&R, sweetie!

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TomInTib Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-18-08 08:20 PM
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2. This would be funny, if it weren't so goddamned dismally true.
Remember "Irony is dead"?

Well, it is now.

KnR, anyway, Nance.
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givemebackmycountry Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-18-08 08:30 PM
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3. Kicked and off to the front page with you...
Which is pretty much where you belong...

Great post again Nance.

We love ya here, and you never fail to deliver.
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jberryhill Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-18-08 08:35 PM
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4. Scariest moment of Jon Stewar's career....

After the Cheney shooting incident, he opened one show by starting to say "Dick Cheney", and the audience erupted into long and loud laughter.

He looked genuinely worried when he said something to the effect of "Is that it? Is that all I have to do now? Anybody could do this show."
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HCE SuiGeneris Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-18-08 08:45 PM
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5. And teh joke just gets funnier...
as they mire us in ever increasing debt to sabotage the "middle class/American dream" -- serving up a feast of sinkholes designed to sap our resilience.

My pitchfork tines are sharpened. I have no sympathy for the devils.
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The Wizard Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-18-08 09:25 PM
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6. During the 04 campaign
a friend was talking to a Daily Show writer who said they just ran raw footage of Bush with Jon Stewart making facial expressions, but they had to actually write jokes about Kerry.
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Number23 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-18-08 09:56 PM
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7. Well done
Yes, satire and mockery do seem to be experiencing some hard times right about now, don't they? Might explain a recent exercise in satire that seemed to have explosively backfired, wouldn't you say??

(smiling innocently) :hi:
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BobTheSubgenius Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-18-08 10:38 PM
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8. As always....
...just the right tone. Nice!
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rasputin1952 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-18-08 11:24 PM
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9. Even my lifelong GOP mother, has decided there actually IS
someone dumber than bush.She has said she will either not vote for Mcain, leaving the vote off count, or perhaps, for the first time in her life, vote for a D.

The "Viagra Interview" was an instant classic as well. Just the look on his face, the squirm...amazing.

How this man, after all of his years in the Senate, and in life cannot possibly have a is an embarrassment. And yes, the writers are suffering terribly...perhaps they should make McCain join the Union, or shut up... :D
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spag68 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-19-08 12:02 AM
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10. Dear Nance
You have done a fine job here, however since all those jobs will soon be gone, what are you going to do after it is over?
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Bette Noir Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-19-08 12:20 AM
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11. What I think is the funniest, in the sense of
funny-peculiar, not funny-ha-ha, is that McCain beats Obama in national polls on foreign affairs. Foreign affairs? The McCain who can't tell Al Qaeda from Iran, Sunni from Shiite, Czechoslovakia from the Czech Republic? If he were a senior in high school, he wouldn't get better than a C in current affairs.

The bright spot is that McCain won't be running again.
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Divine Discontent Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-19-08 12:45 AM
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13. aint that the truth!
they always trump-up their weakest points like they're wiz's about world affairs - and yet, McSame, for example - is a moron on Int'l affairs.
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Divine Discontent Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-19-08 12:43 AM
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Edited on Sat Jul-19-08 12:44 AM by themartyred
in the sense, that on it's own, your writing (unbelievable as always) is magnificently funny, yet, bluntly speaking - this literally is the case with what is going on and has a hidden message within your wonderful words for those who will search deeper within your wit!

All of it seems true, except perhaps except for the job losses amongst comics. Instead they're getting paid for not doing a DAMNED thing! LOL

Are you holding up a hundred folks in a writing apartment, with a gun and all the smokes they can burn, to come up with one gem after another?????

C'mon now, be honest, Nance! ;)

More At -
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janet118 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-19-08 10:47 AM
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14. Wait'll you hear this one . . .
Edited on Sat Jul-19-08 11:05 AM by janet118
the pundits are now complaining that - wait for it - Barack Obama is NOT funny enough!!!! He's way too sincere and earnest to be a "regular guy."

I'm sure that's what I'm looking for in a president - a real stand-up guy . . . I mean, comedian. I'm sure those other world leaders will miss Bush's slapstick and would much rather hear McCain's jokes about rape than listen to some dude talking seriously about global warming, the economic crisis and diplomacy. Talk about your bombs!

Sorry, Barack, you can't measure up to America's craving for a Funnyman in Chief. Instead of debates and town hall meetings, we should just have those improvs where audience members call out ideas and the candidates have to do a skit. "Hey, put some lyrics about nuking Iran to a Beach Boys song!" What fun!!!!

We would all just die laughing!!!

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Mythsaje Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-19-08 02:53 PM
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15. The Death of Humor...
Well, there are still a few gems to mine, if you don't mind diving deep enough.

Since George Carlin is no longer with us, I thought it fitting someone try to channel him a little and toss this out for consumption.
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-19-08 03:07 PM
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16. (Nance: we never worked more than four hours in the first place.)
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