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US comedians sharpen claws for Obama presidency

November 6, 2008

Even left wing comedians and satarists are getting ready for new meat: Obama-Mania!

Photo from 1997 Emmy Awards.

They love him now, but America’s razor-tongued, left-leaning comedians say president-elect Barack Obama will soon be the butt of jokes.

Satirical cartoonist Ted Rall said he couldn’t wait to move on from Republican President George W. Bush.

“Making fun of George Bush is so easy — it’s just kindergarten stuff,” Rall complained at a post-election comedy discussion panel Wednesday. “Doing Obama is going to be so much more fun.”

Political humor enjoys something of a golden age in the United States after a presidential campaign where TV shows like Saturday Night Live not only made fun of news, but made news.

Most comedians are strongly Democratic and their juiciest targets were Republicans, especially Sarah Palin, the Alaskan “ice hockey mom” chosen as vice president on John McCain‘s defeated ticket.

Now Obama, who takes office in January, is in the firing line.

“Obama is so stiff and uptight, he’s just asking for it,” said Rall, who proudly proclaims his liberal credentials. “I’m going to be fascinated.”

Stand-up comedian Roseanne Barr said the coming Obama presidency — already burdened by huge expectations and vast challenges — would provide rich material and “raise the intelligence of the jokes.”

The discussion, held in Manhattan at the opening of the New York Comedy Festival, soon gave a foretaste of the edginess likely in wisecracks about Obama, the country’s first black president-elect.

When Barr innocently predicted “very pointed jokes, tip of the spear jokes,” fellow comedian Robert George, who is black, asked in mock shock: “Did you say tip of the SPEAR jokes about a black man?”

For now, most comedians, including the panel on Wednesday, seem to be holding back from making fun of an election victory they all wanted.

Rather un-comic passions exploded during a row between the comedians and one of the panel’s two lone conservative guests, Monica Crowley from the right-leaning Fox News channel.

“This is getting out of control,” Crowley muttered during a shouting match about Iraq and McCain’s negative campaign ads.

But satirical newspaper The Onion is already plunging ahead into the era of Obama humor.

The latest issue carries this story under the headline “Black Man Given Nation’s Worst Job.”

“African-American man Barack Obama, 47, was given the least-desirable job in the entire country Tuesday when he was elected president of the United States of America….

“As part of his duties, the black man will have to spend four to eight years cleaning up the messes other people left behind.”

One thing that’s sure, comedian Lizz Winstead told the discussion panel, is that the jokes will get close to the bone.

“Basically, it’s going to be about how he handles power. Is he going to blow it? Will he become an egomaniac?” she asked.

To which Rall responded:

“Of course he’ll blow it — they always do!”

From AFP


Ten Reasons to vote for McCain

November 3, 2008

10) Mr. McCain is much, much funnier than Barack Obama. But then, almost everyone is.

(9) Mr. McCain is a passionate patriot who has always been, and will always be, guided by what he thinks is best for America. He can trace his ancestry back to an officer on Gen. George Washington’s staff and his family has served the nation nobly in war and peace ever since. Mr. McCain believes in winning wars.

(8) Mr. McCain’s intimate familiarity with military matters also makes him less biddable by the armed services. He was able, when most others (most notably his opponent) were not, to see that a change of strategy in Iraq – not a retreat – was needed. He brings an informed skepticism to military procurement requests as well.

(7) As he told Rick Warren, Mr. McCain believes there is evil in the world and that it must be confronted. While Michelle Obama and many others seem to think our enemies will purr like kittens once we inaugurate a black man with an Islamic middle name, that is dangerous fantasy. When asked for an example of evil, Mr. McCain mentioned al Qaeda putting explosive vests on two mentally impaired girls and blowing them up by remote control in an Iraqi marketplace. Mr. Obama, whose turn of mind is different, cautioned that the problem is sometimes us: “a lot of evil has been perpetrated based on the claim that we were trying to confront evil.”

(6) Mr. McCain may not be a Ph.D. economist, but he understands that raising taxes and adopting protectionist trade policies will deepen and prolong this recession. Nor would he permit Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid to push through the “card check” law – a union-backed measure that would reverse 73 years of labor law in this country by scuttling the secret ballot in union elections. Even George McGovern has denounced this job-killing, freedom-smothering law supported by Mr. Obama. Greater unionization will translate into lost productivity, inflationary pressure, and fewer jobs.

(5) John McCain will try to protect the unborn. Barack Obama is the most radical pro-abortion candidate ever to win a presidential nomination. Mr. Obama has promised to back the Freedom of Choice Act as his first presidential act, which would invalidate all restrictions on abortion at any stage of gestation – and even in cases where babies are born alive after an attempted abortion.

(4) Mr. McCain will employ diplomacy, not worship it. Mr. Obama is deluded about the power of “talks.” In 2007, he proposed, regarding Iran’s nuclear program: “if we are meeting with them, talking to them, and offering them both carrots and sticks, they are more likely to change their behavior.”

(3) John McCain has said his models for good judicial picks are John Roberts and Samuel Alito. Mr. Obama will pick Ralph Nader and Dennis Kucinich (just kidding, but his choices won’t be far off).

Read the rest from Mona Charen:

McCain’s November Surprise: Best ‘SNL’ Ever (With Video)

November 2, 2008

Ya gotta love John Mccain.  Former Prisoner of War, Navy fighter pilot, “Maverick” of the Senate, and a really humorous guy….

By BETH FOUHY, Associated Press Writer

epublican John McCain poked fun at his presidential campaign‘s financial shortcomings and his reputation as a political maverick in an appearance on NBC’s “Saturday Night Live.”

The presidential hopeful made a cameo appearance at the beginning of the show, with Tina Fey reprising her memorable impersonation of McCain’s running mate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.

McCain, who is trailing Democrat Barack Obama in most battleground state polls, also appeared during the show’s “Weekend Update” newscast to announce he would pursue a new campaign strategy in the closing days of the campaign.

“I thought I might try a strategy called the reverse maverick. That’s where I’d do whatever anybody tells me,” McCain said.

And if that didn’t work, “I’d go to the double maverick. I’d just go totally berserk and freak everybody out,” the Arizona senator quipped.

Earlier in the show, McCain and Fey, portraying Palin, said they couldn’t afford a half-hour campaign commercial on network television like Democrat Barack Obama aired earlier this week. They said they’d sell campaign products on the QVC shopping channel instead.

Among other things, McCain advertised a set of knives to cut through pork in Washington. His wife, Cindy McCain, briefly appeared to advertise “McCain Fine-Gold” jewelry, a play on the campaign finance law McCain authored with Wisconsin Democratic Sen. Russ Feingold.

Fey, as Palin, advertised a set of “Joe” dolls commemorating Joe the Plumber, Joe Six Pack and her Democratic rival, Joe Biden.

The pretend Palin also pulled out T-shirts saying “Palin 2012” and said she wouldn’t be returning to Alaska after the election.

“I’m either running in four years or I’m going to be a white Oprah,” she said.

Link to the story and watch the video:

Most Memorable SNL Appearance Ever?

From Robert Kubey
The Huffington Post

Sen. John McCain made one of most memorable political appearances in SNL history last night. In his opening sketch, and in the “Weekend Update” segment, in the lingo of the comedy world, he “killed.”

He humanized himself and demonstrated that he and his campaign could have a terrific sense of humor when the chip were down. He appeared incredibly relaxed, wonderfully self-effacing and winning.

Take nothing away from this guy, he did it all tonight and did it well.

He did his campaign some good tonight, after Gov. Palin’s appearance two weeks ago that I panned at the time. I thought that one was ill-advised but McCain’s came off well.

Sen. Obama, I think, made the right decision in not going on the program as had been rumored.

He is the frontrunner, after all, and needs to make no mistakes in the final days.

Meanwhile, about 40 minutes before SNL aired not long ago in the New York tri-state area and in the San Francisco Bay Area, a powerful attack ad on Obama ran inside a repeat airing of the previous week’s SNL episode hosted by “MadMen” star, John Hamm.

The ad resurrected Rev. Jeremiah Wright with incendiary speech excerpts, a photo of Wright and Obama standing very close to each other, and a woman’s narration culminating in words saying that Barack Obama was “Too Radical and Too Risky” for America.

It was a strong ad, one that I had predicted to my media and elections classes would air somewhat earlier in the campaign but also when Obama had less opportunity to respond.

Obama is probably most wise to avoid responding unless that line of attack, and other attacks, get worse in these last two days. He doesn’t want to draw new attention to the threat that Wright first posed back so many months ago.

Sen. Obama, in my opinion, has been a little cocky in some appearances earlier this week, mocking how John McCain would attack him, and that is just unwise when his main goal right now should be to attract more of the undecideds and mobilize his own get-out-the-vote effort, which he is doing superbly well.

But undecideds are undecided for a reason in every election. They don’t really have a dog in the fight and thus see any signs of conceit or cockiness in either candiate as unattractive. They are still taking the measure of both men. I always say that people unconsciously vote for the candidate they most want to watch on television the next four years and tonight, John McCain looked like he could be a lot of fun.

Fun is now what the country needs now, of course, and perhaps I’m wrong and McCain hurt himself tonight. He may well have.

The next 48 hours will be intense and critical, and so much has been looking so good for Sen. Obama that my political instincts tell me to watch out. When things look too good to believe in politics, they often are just that–too good to be believed. They might be true, but I wouldn’t bet the family farm quite yet.

We could have recounts in our future and nightmarish legal challenges.

Of course, if Obama wins with 40 or more electoral votes than are needed, and seems to be pulling away at the end, continuing to ride his tsunami of momentum, then recounts and legal challenges are just in our worst imaginings.