On the General Sucktardedness of Late-Night ‘Comedy’

What Chet said. I’ve never found these shows to be anything but cringe-inducing even on their best nights, when I was shamefacedly enjoying their mockery of people I dislike. Old joke is old, for the most part. Once it hits Conan and like a mall somewhere, it’s pretty much over.

Plus, you know, so long as we’re on unfunny late-night, regarding Letterman and Palin. I’m not particularly crazy about her dragging her kids around to every political event on the planet and shoving them in front of the cameras. But they are HER kids, and why they don’t feel free to tell her to shove it once they come of age is on them and on her.

Letterman, on the other hand. I’m not particularly crazy about what he said, either. Mostly because I feel we should leave politicians’ kids, no matter their ages, the hell alone. And yes, I said this about the Bush twins, too, in that if every stupid thing I did in my twenties was on CNN I’d be in jail or grounded until I was 53. Sarah Palin is a target-rich environment all on her own, there’s no need to extend it to the children.

My larger problem with this is twofold. 1. Whether the joke was about Bristol or Willow it still wasn’t funny. If you’re going to be offensive, make it count. Don’t make some cheap joke about how Sarah Palin’s daughter’s a skank, because first of all, we’ve been hearing that all over the Internets for nearly a solid year now. And wow, Alex Rodriguez is a manwhore? I never would have thought. For God’s sake, you have a staff of writers, Dave, try to come up with something that hasn’t been on Wonkette for eight months.

2. The amount of attention given two celebrities having a bitchy little slapfight that will harm or impoverish no one far eclipses that given the Iranian elections, health care reform, any number of pressing political concerns, etc. The outrage I feel at that is much greater than whatever I might feel about Letterman, Palin or anyone else who won’t be missing a meal anytime soon.

A.

10 thoughts on “On the General Sucktardedness of Late-Night ‘Comedy’

  1. Letterman is a deranged slob- and his stale schtick’s about as funny as a train wreck.
    If Sarah Palin is SO silly and irrelevant, why the obsession? Clearly the Left noted her appeal, and are out to eliminate the threat- it’s not like it’s not obvious.
    And she’s been highly successful in life while ignoring the left-wing feminist model… this helps to explain the extra dose of venom in the attacks.
    Go get em, Sarah- and don’t mind the press, nobody will be listening to them anymore after the pending Obamamania implosion-
    http://reaganiterepublicanresistance.blogspot.com

  2. pansypoo says:

    ok. cling to the ALSO loser. but it seems she is insisting on NOT GOING AWAY.
    and i would prefer it if late night canned ‘easy targets’.

  3. The Other Sarah says:

    Late night? Faugh.
    I enjoy Leno sometimes, when he’s not being anti-woman (ever notice that? It isn’t *just* HRC. It’s women, generally. Although he wasn’t as hard on Palin as Letterman’s being.)
    Oh, hey, Reaganite Republican Resistance: you call being mayor of a small town successful? You call pretty much being THE anchor that sank John McCain’s Presidential campaign without a trace successful? Then you are very aptly self-monikered.

  4. darrelplant says:

    Sure, I wish Letterman would give up on the easy jokes (hell, he’s still doing Lewinsky material) but that’s his audience. His stuff’s not aimed at people who are paying particularly close attention to politics.

  5. Athenae says:

    Your bullshit site is already linked from your name, there’s no reason to paste it into the comments. It quits blogwhoring its nonsense, except in the assigned thread, or else it gets the hose again.
    Also, is that what The Left is supposed to be doing? I keep missing the fax that assigns my duties weekly. Can someone update me?
    I hope for Sarah’s continued health and presence in the political sphere for many years to come. She’s going to be nothing but good times for Democrats.
    A.

  6. BlakNo1 says:

    I hope Palin and Gingrich stick around FOREVER.
    Not that it matters much, know why? America doesn’t care. They’re more concerned with their new president, you know, the one with the 62% approval rating ACCORDING TO FOX NEWS.
    Not to mention that Letterman hasn’t been funny in at least 15 years. However, what he did for Bill Hicks recently was total class. He didn’t have to show that cancelled routine but he did. Good for him.
    It should get the hose on general principle. Don’t get up, I’ll do it.

  7. BlakNo1 says:

    Also, the only reason the so-called ‘left’ even knows Palin is still alive is because the corporate media keeps sticking her in America’s face 24/7. I remember how often John Edwards was on TV in 2005 after the election. Oh wait, no I don’t.

  8. pansypoo says:

    why does the news hate america?

  9. Dan says:

    Hi A.

    The amount of attention given two celebrities having a bitchy little slapfight that will harm or impoverish no one far eclipses that given the Iranian elections, health care reform, any number of pressing political concerns, etc.

    Nailed it. Palin was born a decade ir so too late – she’d have been perfect for the 90’s. Now that we’ve got two wars, health care, international turbulence a financial meltdown, etc. on our plate we are in the midst of at least a brief respite from the age of Politics as Soap Opera. More’s the pity for her.

    It quits blogwhoring its nonsense, except in the assigned thread, or else it gets the hose again.

    You are an absolute fucking SCREAM, madam.

  10. pansypoo says:

    i FINALLY read the joke. that is it? THAT? and only a retarded person thinks he was talking about willow. or is she pregnant too???

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