The Angry Horse is even angrier than last time. You can tell by the angrier font.
Those of you who keep a watchful eye on News That Really Matters probably are reeling from the announcement that “American Idol” will add a fourth judge to the show. Songwriter Kara DioGuardi (yes, THAT Kara DioGuardi) will join Paula Abdul, Simon Cowell and Randy Jackson on the judges’ panel.
A Fox network honcho noted that “now there is going to be a lot more ‘girl power’ on the show.”
Yeah, “Idol” was always a little too manly for my tastes.
If you’re wondering about DioGuardi’s credentials, be assured that her songs have been performed by some of the top talent in the music business, including Paris Hilton, Pussycat Dolls, Ashlee Simpson and Hilary Duff. (That’s like the Mount Rushmore of Rock ‘n’ Roll, isn’t it?)
For those of you who don’t watch “Idol,” the cartoon above probably makes no sense. It might make no sense to those of you who DO watch “Idol.” But that’s OK. None of the judges on “Idol” make any sense either. And it makes even less sense that I spent so many hours watching last season’s “Idol.” At least I got a cartoon out of it.
I plan to return to regular posting soon, but I’ve been working day and night on a Super Secret Project. No, it does not involve Monkey Translation Technology.
In the meantime, I’ve posted one of my favorite YouTube clips. It’s been around for a while, but I just came upon it recently. Enjoy.
The New York Times has an excellent profile of Jon Stewart and “The Daily Show” you can read here. (And hey, that gives me a good reason to post the above sketch of Stewart I did some time ago.)
The profile, written by Michiko Kakutani, is titled Is Jon Stewart the Most Trusted Man in America? It details the impact “The Daily Show” has on politics and media, even though it remains “a fake news show” that hasn’t lost its capacity to be silly and sophomoric at times. The author commends Stewart for being “Mr. Common Sense” and “a sane voice in a noisy red-blue echo chamber.” There are some interesting behind-the-scenes glimpses, and some thoughtful observations from Stewart and some of his colleagues (including Stephen Colbert, for once out of character).
Lately I’ve heard the complaint that ” ‘The Daily Show’ isn’t that funny anymore.” I suggest that’s at least partly a reaction to the departures of such stellar “correspondents” as Colbert, Steve Carell, Rob Corddry and Ed Helms. Certainly the field pieces aren’t as rich as they were a few years ago. And many recent “The Daily Show” segments suffer in comparison to Colbert’s best bits on “The Colbert Report.” (Has anyone ever been as drop-dead funny as Colbert is in his “Better Know a District” interviews?)
But I find Stewart as funny, engaging, passionate and relentless as ever — and a nice counterbalance to Colbert’s ever-winking persona. Stewart’s facial expressions, his double takes, his line readings and his admittedly feeble attempts at impersonations are enough to rank him as one of the great comic performers. Add those abilities to his fierce intelligence, and you’ve got something special. The Most Trusted Man in America? No, but for my money, he’s The Most Valuable Man on TV.
I think it’s fitting for a talking cow to lead the singing of “Happy Birthday” to Gary Larson, a hero to countless contemporary cartoonists and fans of cartoons. Larson, born on Aug. 14, 1950, gave us “The Far Side,” one of the most influential comics of all-time. I can safely say that no other cartoonist has given me as many laughs as Mr. Larson.
Another one of my all-time favorite humorists celebrates a birthday today. Steve Martin is 63. In honor of Steve, let’s get small.
If you’re a Steve Martin fan and you haven’t checked out his website, give it a look.