YOU’VE GOT TO BE KIDDING

Last fall in the midst of a bitter political campaign, we reran this article about Don Rickles. Now seems a good time to run it again.

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With the presidential campaign going strong there are plenty of news items for late night comedians to poke fun at, but no one today could possibly be as biting as the King of the Insult Comics.  Not only has he been doing this for many decades, he is still at it.  From Johnny Carson to Jimmy Fallon as well as all the other late night hosts, this comedian has brought a brand of humor like no other.

NO JOKING AROUND, Rich Paschall, Sunday Night Blog

Imagine a comedian who insults everyone by race, gender, ethnic background and every other quality you can poke fun at. The audience loves it. No one walks out.  No one calls for him to be banned or fired.  Social media do not go ablaze with attacks. No Facebook postings, hash tags, capital letter tweets, re-tweets, shares, or re-blogs.

Everyone loves it. That probably would not happen today…

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YOU’VE GOT TO BE KIDDING

In an era when people insult one another in political campaigns, on television commentaries and facebook memes, we look back to a time when the insults were all in fun.

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NO JOKING AROUND, Rich Paschall, Sunday Night Blog

Imagine a comedian who insults everyone by race, gender, ethnic background and every other quality you can poke fun at. The audience loves it. No one walks out.  No one calls for him to be banned or fired.  Social media does not go ablaze with attacks. No Facebook postings, hash tags, capital letter tweets, re-tweets, shares, or re-blogs.

Everyone loves it. That probably would not happen today.  A comedian can’t walk into a room, insult everyone, including the President of the United States, yet leave everyone calling for more.  We seem to have lost our ability to poke fun at ourselves and our eccentricities.  We certainly can’t laugh at stereotypes that grow up around our religion, our ethnic group, or our town.

Today, everything has to be politically correct.  Any comedian who forgets that may be in for a short career. There was a time when a…

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Bo and family

What seems like eons ago in cyberspace time, I had a Windows Live Space.  I think it was the MSN version of what MySpace used to be.  In 2008 I posted the video below on that space.  I thought it was funny then and I still do.  It is early Bo Burnham and not high quality video.  You can find better later and somewhat more explicit versions on You Tube from the comedian and singer.  A lot of his comedy centers around the piano and the comedy songs and routines.  His complete recent comedy show “what.” can be found in HD on You Tube.  The boy is just a little off-center, and very funny.  Enjoy his early work below:

My Whole Family Thinks I’m…

…gay.