Wednesday, March 05, 2008
Here is the great Marilynne talking about the psalms. And here are the sublime videos at The Onion. I've said enough about Marilynne. But what is striking about The Onion vids is how much better they are as satire than anything on the strangely unfunny Daily Show. The reason is The Onion material is fully written, the characters stay in their parts. But Jon Stewart can't stop himself being Jon Stewart and ponderously drawing attention to the gags. Apparent seriousness is what is funny - check out the regulator with a deranged but perfectly straight-faced obsession with Alyson Hannigan - because it inspires a kind of comic wonder. Stewart can't do serious because he needs to tell you he's funny. Anyway, this morning focus on Marilynne and The Onion, not on the eccentric voters of Ohio and Texas.
Posted by Bryan Appleyard at 7:15 am