Listen to this 'Talk of the Nation' topic
Let's be clear... I'm not funny. I get out a nice one-liner every now and again, but you won't see me cracking 'em up on YouTube. That's why comedians are fascinating to me, especially those who make topics that are decidedly NOT funny, very funny. Like politics. We cover a lot of politics on this show, and I can tell you most of it is not the least bit funny (silly, or awkward sometimes, but rarely laugh-out-loud hysterical). Not like the Paris Hilton "campaign ad" we talked about yesterday. Darn funny. Or The Daily Show. Really funny (usually). Or some SNL segments... I'm thinking about Janet Reno's dance party, with the REAL Janet Reno. Hilarious. Who comes up with this stuff? Well, people like Adam McCay and Lizz Winstead. Adam is, among other things, one of the writers behind FunnyOrDie.com (if you haven't seen it yet, go now... We'll wait). Lizz co-created The Daily Show and has since branched out to host her own show, Thinking & Drinking. Think you can make politics funny? Prove it. And while politics obviously influences comedy, do you think comedy affects politics?