• Obama and Galifianakis: Between Two Brain-Cells

    Humor

     

    So, the hippest president ever has decided that the only way to try and get young people enrolled in Obamacare before the enrollment deadline is to…drumroll please…

    Make jokes?

    See, that’s kind of problematic when the real joke already IS Obamacare itself.

    Maybe I’m starting to get old (not likely), but I didn’t find this lil’ parody funny at all. Maybe it’s the fact that I can’t stand “The Hangover” and most of what passes for comedy these days (though I do love classic comedies and a lot of “dark” comedies). Maybe it’s the fact that “Funny or Die” has already pledged its undying support to the defense and promotion of Obamacare. Or maybe it’s the sheer fact that the thing is clearly SCRIPTED. I’d probably give Barry a break if he had come into this thing willing to ad-lib a bit. But one gets the sense that he so badly wanted to be funny that everything had to be perfectly in order…and that type of structure is, in my opinion, the recipe for a comedy disaster.

    Funny or Die? I guess I’m dead.

    Share your comments below and tell me why I should love Zach Galfianakis.

    Matt Fox

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    boyfromthedwarf says:

    Further proof that the ideological right doesn’t understand modern humor – I grew up on Python, Brooks and Zucker and can also enjoy funny little parody skits like this one.

    mattfoxstudios says:

    I certainly wouldn’t say I don’t “understand” modern humor (nor would I consider myself a member of the ideological right, though that’s a whole separate topic). I’m a fan of Judd Apatow, Woody Allen, and most of the comedies on FX these days (Always Sunny, Archer, The League, etc). That stuff makes me bust out laughing. This just elicited a blank stare from me, mostly due to its complete lack of creativity and actual jokes. It was basically two morons trading barbs at each other and trying to be funny. Tee-Hee.

    boyfromthedwarf says:

    I’d suggest checking out some of the other episodes – the entire format is a spoof of cable access interview shows (inspired by Tim and Eric), and the rudeness of each character is a staple of its humor. It reminds me of a modern roast.

    mattfoxstudios says:

    Don’t get me wrong, I have seen a few of these before…I think the Bieber one was actually kind of funny. I just didn’t like this particular one. And I have seen the Tim & Eric movie…aside from the bathtub scene, it had some moments of sheer hilarity.

    Memegalt2012 says:

    So, the obvious answer is DIE, right? I had to laugh at some commentators who thought O was annoyed. How naive to not know this was totally scripted. O was so off on his delivery. I hope the demographics this show was targeting are smarter than they are being given credit for.