11.02.04

Crossfire, Still Not Funny. Peep Show, The Anti-Friends

Posted in The World Of Entertainment at 2:07 pm by

File this one under (Still) Trying Too Hard.

Presuming you want comedy that’s a tad more provocative than the above shooting-fish-in-a-barrel nonsense, consider this your Tivo alert for the week. CSTB cannot recomended this short-lived series from the UK’s Channel 4 highly enough.

14 Responses to “Crossfire, Still Not Funny. Peep Show, The Anti-Friends”

  1. Jesper says:

    My problem is Jon Stewart ain’t that funny either, but his show is on the “Comedy” Central network. Pretty sad state of affairs when his oral slapstick show is considered important political commentary. Pretty sad state of affairs too when his appearance on an freefalling CNN newsshow gets written up as an ‘event’ and commented on all over the place. There are places where policy and issues are being discussed and debated. Jon Stewart’s show sure isn’t one of them. Desperate times.

  2. CSTB says:

    Hey, if Comedy Central could hit ratings gold with a right-wing biased chat show host, I’m sure they’d be up for it. Is Gallo done getting that blowjob yet?

  3. Jesper says:

    This is not about politics. It’s about stupidity. Jon Stewart sucks no matter what his politics are. The guy’s a sham. The illusion of political punditry is here to stay, in the form of uneducated one-liners and photo captions. The power of trivializing everything. What the hell is so great about that? The guy’s an entertainer, not a journalist. If he wants to become a journalist, fine, but he would need to go back to school first.

  4. CSTB says:

    hey, I didn’t say anything about politics. This was filed under “the world of entertainment” and if you’ve got a major gripe with Jon Stewart, by all means, write to Rolling Stone who put him on the cover. CSTB has had nothing to say about the comedian, though while we’re on the subject, he’s a far funnier host of “The Daily Show” than Craig Killborn ever was (which admittedly isn’t saying much)….and I’ve never thought he was passing himself off as a journalist (I suspect he’d be comfortable with your characterization of him as an entertainer). As to whether or not “The Daily Show” is trivializing everything, certainly there is room for humor about current events. Whether or not you find said efforts to be funny or not, is of course, another subject.

    If someone’s exposure to the issues of the day were limited to 30 minutes on Comedy Central, that would be a problem for sure.

  5. Jesper says:

    I shd rephrase what I meant. My gripe isn’t with Stewart necessarily (and certainly not with you), it is with the people who think he’s an important political activist when in fact he just has a laid back talk show on a cable TV network. You never learn anything from watching his show, but people are acting as if he’s telling it like it is or whatever and that’s where the illusion is. That Stewart has an inflated ego and started believing this crap about himself makes me think he’s cynical and even more irrelevant. There is a clear difference between say Ed Said and Jon Stewart you know (and not just that one of them is dead). I don’t for a moment doubt that you understand this as well – but people wearing “Jon Stewart for President” (hello Morrissey!) T-shirts and the like are the problem. people who pretend they’re interested in politics, but never actually go out of their way and educate themselves about anything, or rather, they actually think that they have educated themselves and know everything they need to know about politics by watching a Jon Stewart’s TV show or a Michael Moore’s film. “Bush is a cowboy!” I made a difference, can I go back to sleep now? They’re exactly the same as the people they themselves call morons, the people who think Sean Hannity and Rush Limbaugh know everything about everything. Same shit, different side of the coin, but just as vacuous. They’re fucked. And we’re fucked with another 4 years or republican rule.

    PS I liked Kilborn for a (short) while, never liked Stewart.

  6. Paul says:

    You suck, get a job!!!

  7. Paul says:

    You still suck!!!

  8. Paul says:

    Yeah I’m talking to you Jesper. You Retard!!!

  9. Paul says:

    Exclamation marks make me sound important!!!!!!!!!!!
    (a couple more for good luck)!!!!!!!

  10. peter says:

    I agree with Jesper. Jon Stewart sucks and I’d love to see someone smack that arrogant smirk off of his face. And while they’re at it, they should also smack around all of the college know-it-all liberals.

  11. Alec says:

    The thing about Jon Stewart that you’re all ignoring is that he isn’t just funny — you can tell he is one very intelligent guy. He would have to be, to be as good as he is at what he does. His quick reactions, and the level of sophistication in his political comments can sometimes be on the level of genius; dare I say, sometimes better-informed than the political guest he is interviewing. He may be a funny man, but sometimes you have to give credit when someone knows what they’re talking about.

  12. Lewis Habben says:

    As for being smart, he definately knows how to highlight the problems of politics and the incohesive actions of our leaders, right or left. Granted he has much more things to talk about when it comes to Republicans, but I’ve seen him poke fun at the other side too.
    The thing I get from The Daily Show is the soft underbelly of a shaky political world. If more politicans watched his show, they might develop more solid political ideals. Or, they probably wouldn’t cause they don’t give a crap about integrity and view being in power a one way ticket to a cushy retirement. bravo!

  13. Roger Rabbit says:

    Your comments are almost two years old, Paul, but this is the first time I’ve seen them and I have to say that you’re a worthless hunk of human crap.

  14. john says:

    jon stewart’s basically a giant piece of shit.

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