Thursday, November 06, 2008

I'll Take "Things That Are Easy To Find" for $400

As if you needed further proof that Bill Maher has the comedic instinct of damp lawn clippings.

Reuters Blogs: What will the comedians do?

U.S. comedian Bill Maher said last month that having Barack Obama as the next president would make life difficult for comics because it was not easy to find things about the president-elect to make fun of.

I guess it all depends on one's definition of "comedian".

"Barack Obama has to give comedians something to work with. Seriously, here’s a guy who’s not fat, not cheating on his wife, not stupid, not angry and not a phony,” the comedian said in his show Real Time with Bill Maher on HBO last month.

I guess it all depends on one's definition of "phony".

Flashback - October 2006: Here's Maureen Down interviewing Jon Stewart (and beating Bill Maher to the "There's Nothing Funny About Barack Obama" meme by about two years).

DOWD: Your show has thrived during the Bush administration. Will you miss it?

STEWART: I remember people used to say, "What are you gonna do when Clinton leaves?"...I'd much prefer these guys to leave than to have to continue to make Lord Vader jokes about Cheney. I have great faith in institutional absurdity.

DOWD: But wouldn't, say, a President Obama be harder to make fun of than these guys?

STEWART: Are you kidding?

UPDATE: Scott comments...

Yeah, nobody in the Soviet Union made fun of their leaders either.