Containing Multitudes Since 2004
Almost single-handedly responsible for the skidillion-fold increase in barking assholes in the USA.
That's almost certainly true, but there's always been something about that kind of obnoxious television . . . and I only got to see it in its latter-day incarnations (Morton Downey, jr., Wally George's old Hot Seat program) . . . that I've found incredibly funny and almost endearing. As though one were watching a none-too-pretty side of the American character in its full flower before a howling studio audience. Bill O'Reilly is a complete fraud next to these guys.I have to say I've never seen Joe Pyne's show, apart from seconds-long clips . . . never got to see Alan Burke's slug-fest on WABC either . . . but I'd love to, if anyone out there has tapes.
Saw some of Pyne's work (if want to call it that) in the bad old days, and it can have a kind of gallows humor about it, I suppose - the implication is the drop-floor is just about to set us swinging, what with the masses of brainless mouth-breathers who believed his BS then, and no doubt their unfortunate progeny who act in a similar manner now, who have all managed to find their way to a voting booth and pull the lever...hanging us, and their unknowing selves. The medium really is the message, sadly.
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