Friday, November 07, 2008

I don’t know any dude named Dow Jones.

If the New York Times is any sort of an indicator, political comedy will probably take a hit during the initial phase of the Obama experiment. Apparently the writers on the Daily Show and Conan can't think of a single funny Obama related joke. The only levity in the horrible article was provided by former SNL performer and current 30 Rock actor Tracy Morgan.

Q. Will all black comedians be expected to joke about President Obama now?

A. Oh, man. If you don’t have Obama material, then you’re out of the loop. I mean, the world’s about to change. Race is out there now, and it’s going to be confronted. Everybody wants to sweep it under the rug, put it back and close the door. But we can’t now. The president is black, so obviously we’re going to make fun of every situation you could ever imagine about a black president. But they had to let Obama win. You finally got O. J. Give us Obama.

Q. Can white comedians safely make fun of him, too?

A. I don’t know. White comedians have got to roll the dice, Baby. And if you get into a fight, then you get into a fight, because you know how black people are going to feel about Obama. If you go down that road, you better be funny.

Q. If an Obama presidency is unsuccessful, will black comedians feel a greater need to stick up for him?

A. Dude, do you think we really care about stuff like that? The black community, we’re just trying to get something to eat tonight, man. More brothers are worrying about where their next meal is coming from. They ain’t worrying about the Dow Jones. I don’t know any dude named Dow Jones.

Q. You predicted an Obama victory during a guest appearance on “Saturday Night Live.” Do you think you’ve got a future in political punditry?

A. Who, me? Nah, that’s not my thing, man. Politics was never talked about in my house, growing up as a kid. The last time I voted was for Dave Dinkins, man. Long time ago, Bro’.

Q. Did you vote this year?

A. Yeah, I got into a fight with three other black dudes ’cause they saw me vote for McCain. Nah, I’m just joking. They’d run me out of my community. A black Republican? Shoot. That ain’t happenin’, Captain.

The interesting thing is, Morgan seems to be suggesting the comics just stay true to themselves- If you're someone who does racial humor than you shouldn't shy away from Obama. Maybe the problem is that some of those on the left can't find the humor in their ideas or themselves.


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