Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Comedy Writers Can't Find Anything Funny About Obama?

This is a great follow up to "mpinkeyes" last post about the Obama and Michelle caricature:

For the first time in history, comics aren't finding anything funny about a presidential nominee to joke about:

Why? The reason cited by most of those involved in the shows is that a fundamental factor is so far missing in Obama: There is no comedic "take" on him, nothing easy to turn to for an easy laugh, like allegations of Bill Clinton's womanizing, or President George W. Bush's goofy bumbling or Al Gore's robotic persona.

"The thing is, he's not buffoonish in any way," said Mike Barry, who started writing political jokes for Johnny Carson's monologues in the waning days of the Johnson administration and has lambasted every presidential candidate since, most recently for Letterman. "He's not a comical figure," Barry said....
Then This:

There is no doubt, several representatives of the late-night shows said, that so far their audiences (and at least some of the shows' writers) seem to be favorably disposed toward Obama, to a degree that perhaps leaves them more resistant to jokes about him than those about most previous candidates.

"A lot of people are excited about his candidacy," Sweeney said. "It's almost like: 'Hey, don't go after this guy. He's a fresh face; cut him some slack.' "

Out of the whole article the latter two paragraphs seem to be pretty accurate as to the reason Obama is not kicked around a bit on comedy shows.

Obama is untouchable and honestly that is pretty sad. No one can say anything about him, hence his nickname "The Messiah" of the Liberals.

Come on, Obama has some buffoonery! Take his ears for instance and also the tapes Rush Limbaugh has of him talking without a script. He sounds totally different and loses his "Messiah" quality completely. What about the fact that he gets offended so easily? I can think of a lot of funny things they could come up with regarding his over sensitivity.

It is pretty amazing these people can't come up with satire on him when there are some things about him that are funny. You can't say that about anyone else. We all have something about us we can laugh about.

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