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First review of Fox comedy show: Itís an atomic bomb
Hot Air ^ | February 14, 2007 | Allahpundit

Posted on 02/14/2007 4:49:37 PM PST by PJ-Comix

Sounds like that clip I posted yesterday was some of the stronger material, god help us:

This show was meant to be a conservative version of “The Daily Show.” It is a botch.

“The 1/2 Hour News Hour” does not comment on what is happening; it simply takes swipes at people. These people include Howard Dean, Hillary Clinton, Dennis Kucinich, Barack Obama and Ed Begley Jr. Other joke topics are the ACLU, Time magazine, children’s books and global warming.

Laughter, of an awfully canned variety, greets all the gags. Nothing happening on screen justifies these outbursts.

Hey, I’m all for a good dig at the high and the mighty. But these satirists fall short of hitting their targets with wit, timeliness or punch…

Fox News Channel will offer a second episode at 10 p.m. March 4. If we’re lucky, we’ll never hear of this dreadful show again.

Even discounting for the presumed anti-FNC liberal bias of the reviewer, it’s a pan. Which brings us to our exit question, per an e-mail exchange I was privy to this morning involving bloggers who shall remain nameless: with this show poised to do for conservative humor what “Pink Lady and Jeff” did for variety, is it better if Fox just pulls the trapdoor and walks away whistling?

Update: False flag!

The new FoxNews’ show is, because it is playing on an ostensibly all-news network, is thus compelled to follow Tina Fey’s mistake, albeit with even weaker material. Material so weak, in fact, that one suspects the writers are all liberals deliberately sabotaging the show, or so horribly out of touch with conservative opinion as to have no real idea what a conservative might find funny, or — likeliest of all — convinced conservatives are abject morons who will not get a joke unless it’s seltzer-down-the-pants woca-woca-woca sledgehammer obvious.



TOPICS: Humor; TV/Movies
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Material so weak, in fact, that one suspects the writers are all liberals deliberately sabotaging the show, or so horribly out of touch with conservative opinion as to have no real idea what a conservative might find funny, or — likeliest of all — convinced conservatives are abject morons who will not get a joke unless it’s seltzer-down-the-pants woca-woca-woca sledgehammer obvious.

This comedy show is sooooo bad that, to me, the likeliest scenario was the first one mentioned---liberals deliberately sabotaging the show. FNC needs to give those writers the boot. We already know they have little talent and I am now strongly suspecting they must be liberals purposely writing material so unfunny as to make the show a bomb.

1 posted on 02/14/2007 4:49:40 PM PST by PJ-Comix
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In case you haven't heard .. Rush announced today that he and Ann Coulter are involved in this program.

It's no wonder the left is going beserk!


2 posted on 02/14/2007 4:54:20 PM PST by CyberAnt (Drive-By Media: Fake news, fake documents, fake polls)
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To: PJ-Comix

I happened to catch Rush Limbaugh's comments about the show, apparently there is a sketch in the second or third one where he plays the president, Ann Coulter plays the vice president.

I think I'll see it before I make up my mind, but thanks for the review.


3 posted on 02/14/2007 4:54:26 PM PST by Judith Anne (Thank you St. Jude for favors granted.)
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Good comedy is basically conservative anyway - based as it is on exposing human foibles and pretense - so it's not necessary to hit the political nail on the head to express a conservative position. Sounds like this show is trying way too hard.


4 posted on 02/14/2007 4:55:13 PM PST by Argus
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The one clip I saw was horrendous. I wish the show to die an uncomfortable death.


5 posted on 02/14/2007 4:56:20 PM PST by July 4th (A vacant lot cancelled out my vote for Bush.)
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“The 1/2 Hour News Hour” does not comment on what is happening; it simply takes swipes at people. These people include Howard Dean, Hillary Clinton, Dennis Kucinich, Barack Obama and Ed Begley Jr. Other joke topics are the ACLU, Time magazine, children’s books and global warming. Laughter, of an awfully canned variety, greets all the gags. Nothing happening on screen justifies these outbursts.

Sounds like a mirror image of the Daily Show. I wonder if the "reviewer" criticized that show as well.

6 posted on 02/14/2007 4:56:21 PM PST by plain talk
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saw a preview on youtube, oh boy is it a stinker. The fake laughter is cringe inducing not comedic.


7 posted on 02/14/2007 4:56:25 PM PST by cmdjing
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FoxNews, in general, is becoming a comedy.

We are now in day 7 of all day breaking news of various aspects of Anna Nichole Smith's death, life, baby, son, husband, boyfriends, money.

Yesterday, they cut away from Romney's announcement after a few minutes to return to breaking news coverage of various aspects of Anna Nichole Smith's death, life, baby, son, husband, boyfriends, money.

FoxNews is rapidly becoming the FoxFluff channel. They seem more interested in competing with E! than with CNN.


8 posted on 02/14/2007 4:57:45 PM PST by TomGuy
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I'll watch it anyway.


9 posted on 02/14/2007 4:59:01 PM PST by Enterprise (Drop pork bombs on the Islamofascist wankers. Praise the Lord and pass the hammunition.)
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I was excited.....for.............a..................while.


10 posted on 02/14/2007 4:59:13 PM PST by unkus
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To: Judith Anne
I think I'll see it before I make up my mind, but thanks for the review.

I already saw a video clip that I posted on the FR this morning. Sorry but it STINKS bigtime. Very unsubtle humor. And just flat out STUPID.

11 posted on 02/14/2007 5:01:28 PM PST by PJ-Comix (Join the DUmmie FUnnies PING List for the FUNNIEST Blog on the Web)
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Fox News started out in the center and started drifting left. It's kind of sad, but if there were really conservative media out there, it would be censored in every blue state in the country.


12 posted on 02/14/2007 5:02:39 PM PST by dan1123
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Ditto.

I woke up one day a couple of months ago and realized that the only reason I was paying ~$50 for cable instead of ~$20 for cable was to get FNC. I decided to give myself a gift of $30 a month, and haven't missed it for a second.

If I need news, I'll get it from Drudge, or Rush. Fox's endless foray into tabloid journalism (read: Greta) was the final straw for me.


13 posted on 02/14/2007 5:02:44 PM PST by Pravious
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The way to make this show work is to show in a funny way how left the media is, As in ask liberals hard questions and just sit there and look at them with that "look"


14 posted on 02/14/2007 5:02:53 PM PST by cody32127 (When is The New York Times going to get around to uncovering an al-Qaida secret program?)
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saw a preview on youtube, oh boy is it a stinker. The fake laughter is cringe inducing not comedic.

The more I find out about that show, the more convinced I am that the writers are liberals who are deliberately sabotaging that show.

15 posted on 02/14/2007 5:03:10 PM PST by PJ-Comix (Join the DUmmie FUnnies PING List for the FUNNIEST Blog on the Web)
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To: Enterprise
I'll watch it anyway.

Prepare for the painful death of many brain cells.

16 posted on 02/14/2007 5:04:15 PM PST by PJ-Comix (Join the DUmmie FUnnies PING List for the FUNNIEST Blog on the Web)
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The YouTube clip is pathetic. If Joel has any sense, he'll pull it fast.

This one looks real bad.


17 posted on 02/14/2007 5:05:31 PM PST by GAD
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I listened to Rush talking about this today. These are pilots, and though they made three, only two have been picked up by Fox at this time. They are being produced by the same folks who produce the show "24".

Personally, I can't imagine Ann Coulter being anything other than hardbiting and funny. I also think that Rush has a good sense of humor.

I think we need to see for ourselves before making up our minds. I am thinking about turning on a tv for this., something I don't normally do.

18 posted on 02/14/2007 5:06:15 PM PST by basil (Exercise your Second Amendment rights--buy another gun today.)
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We are now in day 7 of all day breaking news of various aspects of Anna Nichole Smith's death, life, baby, son, husband, boyfriends, money.

I have SHOCKING news to announce. I am hereby declaring that I am NOT the father of Anna Nicole Smith's baby. Send over the FNC satellite trucks for this exclusive breaking announcement.

19 posted on 02/14/2007 5:06:21 PM PST by PJ-Comix (Join the DUmmie FUnnies PING List for the FUNNIEST Blog on the Web)
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To: basil
I think we need to see for ourselves before making up our minds.

I posted a clip of this show this morning. It definitely needs the stake thru the heart at once.

20 posted on 02/14/2007 5:07:38 PM PST by PJ-Comix (Join the DUmmie FUnnies PING List for the FUNNIEST Blog on the Web)
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