My Liberal Bias Already Rears Its Filthy, Ugly Head.

Filed Under Improv, Satire

The #1 tenet of comedy: If you’re not pissing someone off, you’re not doing your job.
Corollary: Try to aim for Republicans… they’re pretty easy targets.

Apparently, being had on a TV Show is fine for celebrities, aspiring celebrities and Joe and Jane public. But do it to one conservative commentator and there is hell to pay. HELL!

Apparently Comedy Central’s upcoming show faux debate show “Crossballs” is the latest example of Viacom’s left wing bias (other shows include apparently “The Daily Show”, which did a recent piece making fun of Kerry VP candidates and regularly features Jon Stewart being deferential to guests from conservative groups and causes.) The fantastic thing about this editorial/call for arms is that it proves exactly why conservative are great targets. She’s complaining about a show that hasn’t even aired yet. Insanity!

The best 20 pages I ever read on comedy were in a psychology book co-authored by John Cleese. In it, he describes how “inflexible behavior” is inevitably funny. Conservative commentators, almost by definition (even with a modifier like “compassionate”), are inflexible. You’re gonna be a target when you take a stand on something and not give any ground. If conservatives would be better sports about a culture that takes satirical jabs at them, the jabs would happen less. But that would be flexible behavior… not gonna happen.


Heartening News Apparently, the very late-airing season finale for Arrested Development did well in that 18-34 year old potential-soap-buying audience. Love the audacity of the Sorpranos, but to me the surprise of the night was how much Arrested’s first season tied up with the “light treason” of building tract housing in Iraq. God bless the spot after Simpsons.

Posted by Todd Jackson at 05:17 AM | Comments (0)

Hilarity Sues…

Filed Under Administrative

I suppose I should just jump right in. But I have too much Charles Foster Kane in me to not start up with some variation of a Declaration of Principles. But I draw the line at making the final entry in this blog, “Rosebud.”

This is about comedy. I’ll aggregate any of the comedy news and give some commentary, along with news/reviews on funny ha-ha movies, TV shows, CDs, DVDs, books, mags and video games (I consider Grand Theft Auto to be a work of satire… a very good work of satire). I’ll cover some comedy history - like the long lost zine Army Man created by George Meyer during the writer’s strike—kinda like my favorite column on comic books (see I’m not just a comedy nerd. I’m a regular nerd too.) Every Friday I hope to throw up a little humor piece of my own for your amusement and to provide fodder for people who think I have no idea what I’m talking about. All this kids and much, much more. Or less. I haven’t decided yet.

A little note on the quote from the initial entry… I originally though Mark Twain said it. See the benefits of a good Google search. I picked it to acknowledge to you, gentle reader (or more likely - abusive skimmer), that I understand that looking too closely at comedy, like an eclipse, can burn out your retinas. So I’ll try to not be pedantic when talking about humor, but if not, I’ll be humorously pedantic (but not in a Ben Stein way).

Posted by Todd Jackson at 01:34 AM | Comments (0)

Why this blog is a bad idea.

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“Analyzing humor is like dissecting a frog. Few people are interested and the frog dies of it.”

-E. B. White

But I’m going to do it anyway.

Posted by Todd Jackson at 06:08 AM | Comments (0)
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