It's not as bad as you think. It's actually much, much worse.
A leaked two-minute video clip, which skewers Barack Obama, features painfully unfunny one-liners, inane puns, and an awkward laugh track, making for a perfect storm of comedic lameness. For a more detailed critique, read Bob Cesca's withering assault over at the Huffington Post.
The show’s creator, Joel Surnow, whose credits include the hit show 24, tells TV Guide that conservative comedy is underserved on television. "You can turn on any comedy satire show on TV," he says, "and you're going to hear 10 Bush jokes, 10 Cheney jokes, but you'll never hear a Hillary Clinton joke or a global-warming send-up."
Apparently Surnow never actually watches the late-night shows, because here are more than 100 recent and vintage Hillary Clinton jokes, as well as a couple of dozen about global warming. You can also find plenty of late-night jabs at the likes of Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Bill Clinton, and Al Gore on any given night.
There is a market out there for conservative comedy, but from this brief glimpse, it appears FOX News is going to have trouble holding an audience, while reinforcing the perception that conservatives are humor-challenged.
Bottom line: FOX News should stick to what it does well -- unintentional comedy –- and leave the political punch lines to the professionals.
Watch a promo for the show, as well as the two-minute video excerpt, and judge for yourself.
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