|Pop Culture Gadabout|
Sunday, April 30, 2006 |
( 4/30/2006 01:03:00 PM ) Bill S.
REARRANGING THE DECK CHAIRS – Lots of discussion this weekend about Stephen Colbert's appearance before the annual White House Correspondent Association Dinner (for a decent round-up of the talk, check out the always-scrupulous Moderate Voice). As expected, most of the reaction goes down expected party lines, but watching it here and here, it struck me that Colbert's material wasn't much different from what he does on The Colbert Report. As with the show, the funniest lines are frequently the ones with the most circuitous set-ups (as when he talks about polling numbers and a two-thirds empty glass in his speech).
I don't watch Colbert's show as often as I do The Daily Show, for two basic reasons: first run is on too late for a guy who has to get up at 5:30 on most workdays and the one-note nature of his (admittedly well-played) right-wing caricature wears thin for me on a night-by-night basis. I laugh when I watch his show, but I suspect I'd do so less frequently if I watched it daily. Still, knowing the heavily ironic creation that is Teevee Pundit Steve, I have to wonder: what were people expecting when they heard that the guy was doin' this gig? Did they think he'd bring a different character than the one he's built his name on? Perhaps he'd come as the gay teacher from Strangers With Candy?
Getting riled up over Colbert's performance strikes me as rather like getting offended because someone made a joke about your penis size at a Friar's Club Roast . . .
UPDATE: Dorian, who pops up in the Comments section below, also weighs in on the performance.