John on February 21, 2007 at 11:02 am
This week Fox premiered The Half-Hour News Hour, a satirical news show along the lines of The Daily Show and The Colbert Report. The difference is that this show’s punchlines mostly skewer liberals. There was a lot of anticipation and talk about how bad the show was going to be in the dextrosphere. The show, which premiered Sunday night, seems to have surprised a lot of people by being “not terrible.” I was out of town and missed the premiere, but based on the YouTube clips I’ve seen, I’d have to agree. Actually, I think some of it was fairly good. Here’s a sample:
Bryan at HotAir notes that the ratings for the premiere seem to have been very strong. It got me thinking…what if this show was actually great. In fact, what if it was so good that liberals everywhere stopped carping about Fox News? And what if conservatives got a little respect for having a sense of humor? That would be pretty cool, wouldn’t it?
So kudos to the folks at Fox. You took a risk, you got the ball rolling. You’ve convinced a lot of skeptics on the right to give the show a chance. But let me tell you, the safe targets are going to run out in about two more episodes. If you want this to go and perhaps even be a raging success you need to hire some talent. I want to nominate the following three people. They aren’t the only funny people on the right side of the internet, but in my opinion they’re the best. Here they are in alphabetical order:
Ace at Ace of Spades HQ – Ace is raw, frequently crude but his humor has the edge that conservative humor so often lacks. If you want to get away from “safe” jokes about Ed Begley for the rest of the season, hire Ace and stand back.
Iowahawk – One of the funniest guys on the web, right or left. His redneck haikus are a work of genius. His retelling of Scooby Doo from the perspective of Hunter S. Thomspson is legendary. This guy is talent in a bottle. Hire him! (He wasn’t so impressed with the show, but I’m pretty sure that comes from knowing he could, and does, do it better).
Lileks – Lileks’ unscripted and live imitation of Andrew Sullivan on Hugh Hewitt’s radio show was a work of performance art. His writing is often hysterically funny. Plus he has a love of kitsch-art and illustration that could bring a little visual style to the show.
I’d love to see the Half-Hour New Hour survive. I’d really love to see it take Jon Stewart down a few pegs. Honestly, I don’t think any of that’s going to happen unless the show tries something a little un-safe. Put these three on the writing staff and I think the HHNH could achieve greatness.
For those willing to get onboard with the campaign, here’s the Fox News contact page. I’ve already sent them my recommendations.
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