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May 20, 2009

Don’t Apologize For Funny

by Brad Warbiany

Comedy is hard. Really, really hard. Funny requires stepping outside the box — saying something a bit unexpected. There are a lot of ways to screw it up, and often what sounds funny in your head is not so funny when a listener hears it. There’s a reason why many actors say that comedy acting is a lot harder than drama acting.

Comedy and politics is even more difficult, because you have a pretty significant group of people just salivating over the chance to vilify and embarrass you if what you say is at the least bit unfunny.

So I’m not going to criticize Anderson Cooper for this. It’s funny.

Gergen: “They still haven’t found their voice, Anderson. This happens to a minority party after it’s lost a couple of bad elections, but they’re searching for their voice.”

Cooper: “It’s hard to talk when you’re teabagging.”

There are a lot of reasons why that’s funny, but key is that Mr Highbrow Serious Reporter-man Anderson Cooper went for a scrotum joke. If Bill Maher or Jon Stewart said it, it would be expected and might get a chuckle. To see that from Anderson Cooper, though, is priceless. And he deadpans it! It would be too easy to try to play it up, to try to emphasize the line. If it were Rachel Maddow, she’d have said it with that annoying smirk and ruined the joke.

This was funny. It’s a shame he apologized.

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  1. I fail to see the humour. CNN, MSNBC, the whole MSM lot can just eat it. The TEA Parties are a big grassroots deal –especially to the dwindling working middle class–and their smarmy comments are disgusting, arrogant and thoughtless of conservative America not to mention highly unprofessional. I’ve allocated my Nielsen ratings elsewhere and scrutinize those who advertise in affiliation with their broadcasts.

    Comment by Red — May 20, 2009 @ 11:29 am
  2. That was hilarious. Best news blurb I’ve seen all week.

    Grassroots <– That is also funny.

    Comment by Markah — May 20, 2009 @ 12:22 pm
  3. As an enthusiastic supporter of the tea parties, I thought that was hilarious. Sometimes it’s important to be able to laugh at ourselves.

    Comment by Kathryn Rebecca — May 20, 2009 @ 12:45 pm
  4. I also thought it was funny when the MSM reporters on CNN (as opposed to Comedy Central comedians) used to similarly mock, make fun of, discount, and dismiss the anti-war protesters, the “million” man marchers, etc., during the Bush years….

    Oh wait…

    Never mind.

    Comment by southernjames — May 20, 2009 @ 12:47 pm
  5. Wow. Red is clearly taking this a tad too seriously.

    Comment by Mike B. — May 20, 2009 @ 12:49 pm
  6. Red,

    I hate taxes as much as anyone — and more than most. But funny is still funny, even if it’s personal. There was good humor in that comment (and the delivery), regardless if it was at my (our) expense.

    Comment by Brad Warbiany — May 20, 2009 @ 1:48 pm
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  8. The “apology” was one of those non-apology apologies. He even shifted blame.

    Comment by Constant — May 20, 2009 @ 4:59 pm
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