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Tickling our funny bone

  • Oct. 18th, 2008 at 11:00 AM
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McCain jokes with Letterman.  Obama and McCain dress up in penguin suits and tease each other.  Palin is rumored to appear on Saturday Night Live.  We suddenly seem to have an election that looks a lot like the Last Comedian Standing.

Who's funnier?  The Democrats or the Republicans? (I'm sort of joking about this question...) Is it savvy or stupid for Palin to appear on a show that skewered her mercilessly?  Many people think Bush's strongest virtue (so far as getting elected counts) lay in his ability to tell a joke.  Is this a quality we want in our leaders?

(Extra credit for posting the funniest joke you've heard on the elections.)

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okielady wrote:
Oct. 18th, 2008 06:25 pm (UTC)
I don't think it's a bad idea for Palin if she appears on SNL. I think they've skewered every politician since they've been on air. It shows that she can deal with satire. I don't think it will make any difference in the outcome of the election though.

I think it's okay to have a President who can joke and who doesn't take himself too seriously, as long as he takes his duties seriously and knows when it's appropriate to joke and when it's time to be serious. However, I think there are qualities far more important than humor when choosing a President, and Bush is the perfect example of that.

As for election jokes, I haven't really heard any that I can remember. But I've seen plenty of funny election macros at www.punditkitchen.com
crazy_gabrielle wrote:
Oct. 18th, 2008 06:26 pm (UTC)
Sarah Palin saying that seeing Russia from her backyard was her foreign policy experience. Oh wait.
brennakimi wrote:
Oct. 18th, 2008 06:42 pm (UTC)
the funniest joke i've heard was about putin saying he could see palin's shower from his house or something. they had a special "sarah's in the shower" alarm.
lupinlover wrote:
Oct. 18th, 2008 07:52 pm (UTC)
LOL.
(no subject) - ex_londonso - Oct. 18th, 2008 08:31 pm (UTC) Expand
brennakimi wrote:
Oct. 18th, 2008 10:17 pm (UTC)
probably. that would make it a joke, wouldn't it?
isara wrote:
Oct. 18th, 2008 07:48 pm (UTC)
I think Tina Fey lifting an actual quote from Palin's Couric interview was the best "joke" thus far of the campaign. I was absolutely rolling at Obama during the Al Smith dinner, and I loled at McCain during the same dinner, too.

Biden's "8 kitchen tables" snark was a good one as well. Overall, I think that the Republicans have provided the most material to snark at.
allhatnocattle wrote:
Oct. 18th, 2008 08:02 pm (UTC)
I screwed up, Dave. What do you want me to say?

McCain displayed humility, honesty, wit and an apology in that simple sentence. Absolutely brilliant.

McCain almost denied his running mate's attacks on Obama about paling around with terrorists, but quickly decided it was best not to bullshit Letterman and the American public. This forced him to defend and explain SarahPalin's accusations. I doubt McCain expected Letterman to bring up G.GordonLiddy but it was awesome to see McCain ad lib a reply.

Palin on SNL will no doubt have a script to follow. It will no doubt be hilarious. But Palin has to defend her party, her views, her annoying nuances. Hopefully she can/will be gracious about it. Hopefully her church life has taught her humility.
(no subject) - ex_londonso - Oct. 18th, 2008 08:31 pm (UTC) Expand
almostfamous90 wrote:
Oct. 18th, 2008 09:57 pm (UTC)
Aww, that's what I was going to write and you beat me to it!! :[ lol
polarisdib wrote:
Oct. 18th, 2008 08:44 pm (UTC)
Who's funnier?

McCain throws some good stuff out there.

The Democrats or Republicans?

Not the parties, only the individuals. Parties aren't funny.

Palin on SNL, savvy or stupid?

Savvy. Everyone appreciates a person who can laugh at him/herself. Tina Fey's impressions of her are not politically motivated, or if they are they're not quite to the point of the representation; satire and mockery is SNL's business, and they'll make fun of whomever is prominently on the airwaves. Palin has one massive thing going for her: she is who she is, and she doesn't let anybody change that. I respect her for that.

Is this a quality we want in our leaders?

It helps, a lot. But it is "a" quality, not "the" quality or "necessary" quality. I actually think Bush is really missing a sense of humor, myself.



I'll give you the joke I came up with:

Why did Obama choose a llama as a theme on his campaign?

So that the ticket would say Obama Biden Llama.


It's terrible, I know, but that's because I love terrible, terrible, terrible puns. I'm silly that way.

--PolarisDiB
polarisdib wrote:
Oct. 18th, 2008 08:46 pm (UTC)
Oh, and another one I came up with is,

We're still trying to decide if our national family will accept Sarah Palin and Tall..

--DiB
paniwi wrote:
Oct. 19th, 2008 10:29 am (UTC)
*dies a little inside* I thought it was a donkey. (I'm not an American, forgive me)
the_evil_bapho wrote:
Oct. 20th, 2008 11:20 pm (UTC)
It is a donkey. They just used llama to point out that Middle East = terrorist (if you're an idiot).
grace_om wrote:
Oct. 19th, 2008 07:42 pm (UTC)
I am *still* chuckling over:

"Obama's half Muslin"

"No! He's a satinist!"

Not so sure what that says about *my* sense of humor :-P

Overall, I think the roast showed us that McCain has better comedic timing, but Obama also has a solid sense of humor. I think my favorite line was, "My middle name is really Steve. That's right: Barak *Steve* Obama." It was the deadpan delivery that made it.
nederlandergirl wrote:
Oct. 18th, 2008 09:30 pm (UTC)
Republicans are funnier. I miss Mike Huckabee being in the race-- he had a good sense of humour. And to be honest, once a candidate reaches the level of politics where he/she can run for the highest office in the US, they probably already have a higher-than-average level of charisma, at least.
libco wrote:
Oct. 18th, 2008 10:59 pm (UTC)
Really? I had no idea-I never heard him be deliberately funny.
tyskkvinna wrote:
Oct. 18th, 2008 11:25 pm (UTC)
I think Palin on SNL was one of the best moves the campaign has made. When you've been made fun of so hard often the best response is to simply laugh a little at yourself, too.
sophia_sadek wrote:
Oct. 18th, 2008 11:27 pm (UTC)
Laughter is the best medicine
I always appreciate a leader with a sense of humor. It's been great laughing at all of the humorous things that Bush has said over the past eight years.

My joke contribution, as told by John Bunzel:

A reporter asks President Bush what he thinks of Obama being an elitist. Bush responds, "Whether he's a Methodist, a Calvinist, or an Elitist, it doesn't matter as long as he's a Christian."
princekermit wrote:
Oct. 19th, 2008 01:14 am (UTC)
One of my favorite lines from this election came from Obama himself when asked about his years in college and any possible drug experimentation. The reporter asked him using Clinton's old dodge, "Did you inhale?" Obama said, and I quote, "Yes, I inhaled. That was the point."
now_all_is_well wrote:
Oct. 20th, 2008 02:10 pm (UTC)
My favorite jokes have come out of Wait Wait Don't Tell Me!
biomaton wrote:
Oct. 20th, 2008 08:27 pm (UTC)
Funniest Joke I've Heard
Change:

Can You
Help
A
N****r
Get
Elected

Yes it's politiclly incorrect, but I thought it was funny.
euchreman wrote:
Oct. 21st, 2008 05:00 pm (UTC)
Funny huh?
I think it is great that the candidates can show their lighter side. And I think it is a saavy choice for candidates to show their constituents (or more importantly) undecided voters this side. I don't think it says anything about what they will do when they are in office.
stainedpaper wrote:
Oct. 22nd, 2008 12:11 pm (UTC)
This was a great entry, I enjoyed reading it and all the comments.

I think Sarah Palin really is the best joke of all.
biomaton wrote:
Oct. 22nd, 2008 05:25 pm (UTC)
I think smug Obama voters are the most amusing lot.
bastblack wrote:
Oct. 22nd, 2008 07:15 pm (UTC)
Q: Who's funnier? The Democrats or the Republicans?

A: Neither. Steven Colbert wins by a landslide.
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