Like ‘The Daily Show,’ only not funny

November 20, 2006

According to the Hollywood Reporter, FauxNews is getting ready to float a Saturday night night comedy show “tailored to its largely right-leaning audience.” The concept apparently is The Daily Show for wingnuts: 

Fox will tape two episodes of the yet untitled show and air them in late January, with the possibility that the program could become a weekly feature.

The show would take aim at “the sacred cows of the left” that don’t get lampooned very much by other comedy shows, according to Joel Surnow, co-creator of “24” and one of the executive producers of the new Fox program.

“It’s a satirical news format that would play more to the Fox News audience than the Michael Moore channel,” he told the Hollywood reporter.

“It would tip more right as ‘The Daily Show’ tips left.”

But he added that “it’s not going to hit you over the head with partisan politics. It’ll hit anything that deserves to be hit.”

Plans are to tape the show before a studio audience in Los Angeles, with co-anchors Kurt Long and Susan Yeagley. The show will also feature man-on-the-street interviews and correspondent reports.

While I am fully aware that there are good targets for satire on the left, I think it’s simply impossible to put on a conservative comedy program that is actually funny.

When Dennis Miller got himself a post-9/11 brain change, his one-liners drooped and his comedic guts sagged — watching his one-hour show on CNBC was about as much fun as listening to the gas escaping from a zeppelin with a long, flatulent hiss.

I think the last time P.J. O’Rourke actually wrote anything funny was back in the Pleistocene. El Rushbo might get off a good quip once in a while, but most avowedly conservative humor I’ve heard is on par with kicking crutches out from under cripples and laughing as they try to get up. You heard some of the jokes that bobbed to the surface after the Katrina disaster, and you realizeed that the conservative soul has become a curdled ball of smelly cheese. Not exactly a recipe for a rollicking Saturday night.

I don’t think Jon Stewart or Steve Colbert are going to lose any sleep over this news.      

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2 Responses to “Like ‘The Daily Show,’ only not funny”

  1. Cautious Man Says:

    I guess Fox wants to own the title of “First Name in Fake News”.

    Will they have a little chyron that says “This is the comedy program”, when it’s on?

  2. Caveat Says:

    “about as much fun as listening to the gas escaping from a zeppelin with a long, flatulent hiss”

    LMAO! They need you!

    Copycat shows, like sequels, never make the cut.

    How many comedy shows does Faux need? I find most of their programming to be a laff riot, especially the Oh Really? Factor.


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