So here’s the thing.
I don’t MIND political humor.
I don’t MIND comedians poking fun at politicians I agree with. Not at all. Not when it’s in the spirit of COMEDY.
But that’s not what’s happening anymore. Today’s “Comedy” isn’t humorous – it’s HATEFUL… it’s agenda driven, and it’s ENTIRELY one-sided.
Jay Leno, who in MY opinion is one of the BEST late-night talk show hosts of all time, has A LOT to say about it.
ALL OF THIS.
According to Daily Caller:
Former “Tonight Show” host Jay Leno — who successfully pulled off the impossible, following up the inimitable Johnny Carson — says he doesn’t miss his late-night hosting gig because now “everyone has to know your politics.” The current hosts, he suggested, have failed to learn what he learned from Carson: not to let yourself appear to be “one-sided.”
HONEST QUESTION: are there ANY talk show hosts who seem neutral? ANY? I can’t think of ONE.
In an exchange during his appearance on NBC’s “TODAY” Tuesday highlighted by The Hill, the hosts of the show began by saying, “So it’s been five years since you left ‘The Tonight Show,’ and you see the place we are right now in this country. Do you miss being on the show? Or is it such a different time that it would be hard to do?”
“No, it’s different — I don’t miss it,” said Leno. “You know, everything now is if people don’t like your politics — everyone has to know your politics.”
“I kind of used Johnny [Carson]’s model,” he explained. “People couldn’t figure out: ‘Well, you and your Republican friends…’ or ‘Well, Mr. Leno, you and your Democratic buddies…’ And I would get hate mail from both sides equally. And I went, ‘Well that’s fabulous! That’s exactly what I want.'”
Cue the insufferable Don Lemon and Chris Cuomo “those were the daaaaaays.”
“But when people see you as one-sided, it just makes it tough,” Leno said. “And plus, I did it when, you know, Clinton was horny and Bush was dumb, and it was just a little easier,” he added, a line that got more laughs from the NBC team.
“You know, now it’s all very serious, everything so, so na—” he said, stopping himself mid-line. “I’d just like to see a bit of civility come back to it, you know?”
Oh, I KNOW IT.
Asked if he thinks the pendulum will swing back the other way, Leno said, “Of course, I think it will swing back the other way.”
I hope so. I really, REALLY hope so.
But with the 2020 election coming up? I think things will get worse before they get better.