Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Quote of the Day


""I love your work. I especially like that weird baby you made with the enormous football shaped head. Oh, sorry, that was for my Sarah Palin roast."

-- Lisa Lampanelli to Seth MacFarlane at last night's Comedy Central roast of Donald Trump

I'm going to catch so much hell for even repeating that joke, but I can't deny that it had me in both hysterics and outright disbelief. Once again, as with Gilbert Gottfried's brand of comedy, roasts are supposed to be vicious and completely challenging to both good taste and the limits of your magnanimity; Trump's roast scored a barn-burner on both counts. Some real surprises: Snoop killed, as did Marlee Matlin (the Oscar-winner's right-off-the-bat joke about how her voice sounds like Whitney Cummings with a dick in her mouth may have been the best and most shocking overall line of the night), also newbie Anthony Jezelnik -- who Lampanelli said was only there because Daniel Tosh was busy being fisted in Key West -- scored big and did Greg Giraldo proud; his shot at Trump comparing him to Michael Douglas in Wall Street except for the fact that "no one will care if you get cancer" was just flat-out brilliant. And Seth MacFarlane was an exceptional roast-master.

Not a surprise: The Situation bombed. Like the Enola Gay. By the way, I'm beginning to think that that particular description of him, at least half of it, isn't too far off the mark. Anybody else picking up on that?

Incidentally, I'm unbelievably sick right now -- and not in the way I normally am -- so for me to have laughed that hard through my painfully congested head is saying something.

12 comments:

Bea Pants said...

Slightly off topic, but it reminded me of this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KdFJ-hFFdI8

One of the funniest Palin bits I've ever seen.

The Bacon said...

Down's syndrome...now that's a blast!

What a cunt.

Chez said...

Although I'm sure she'd have no problem with you calling her that, knock it off with the pious routine, Bacon.

drater said...

I'm with Bacon. I'll rip on Palin til the cows come home, but you have to be a total douche to go after a little kid, even if his mom does use him as a campaign prop. It wasn't funny when Rush did it to Chelsea Clinton, and it's not funny now.

The Bacon said...

I've never been called pious before :)

Chez said...

Your sense of moral decorum is greatly appreciated.

Listen, do I really have to run this down again? First of all, Rush Limbaugh is a political commentator trying to pass off his shtick as news -- ergo, when he makes really fucking cruel comments a) you know he's very likely serious, b) you know his audience will likely take it seriously, and c) you should be able to consider the intent of his actions, and I shouldn't need to spell that out for you. Lisa Lampanelli is a comic -- the self-proclaimed Queen of Mean, actually. She pushes boundaries in the name of humor and shock precisely because of that.

As for Palin, I'm sorry but she not only made her family a stage prop on her climb to fame, she literally turned them all into reality TV stars -- in other words, she blurred the line. Yes, it's crass to take a shot at her kids; I agree with that. But her own shameless narcissism turned those children into something far greater -- or less, really -- than what they ever would have been had she just been your average political or cultural figure. The idea of Palin being able to say anything she wants -- launch any kind of ridiculous word salad attack on anything or anyone -- then expect to be able to keep her own from the fallout is laughable. As I mentioned in the piece that was linked to in the Gottfried quickie from the other day, she made them, in a word, oppressive. She flaunted the idea that they were somehow above disparagement as a kind of human shield, and so, yes, the more brutal among the comic set will see taking a shot at them as a Rubicon that now has to be crossed in the name of nothing being sacred.

Leigh C. said...

I've got a serious flu-like bug, too, so I know where your congested head's at. Feel better.

The Bacon said...

Palin is irrelevant. It doesn't matter whose kid it is.

There is nothing funny about disabled children.

Heather Hansma said...

There is no way for me to add a comment to this without sounding like a fangirl, so I'll just add a "yes to everything you said in the post and subsequent comments" and leave it at that.

Anonymous said...

Can't wait for the Whitney Cummings show! What a dame! What balls! Also, fuck wimpy-ass roasts {and anyone who has a problem with them}...what's the point of 'em? rest in peace Greg

Anonymous said...

The Bacon, I love you. You are light in the darkness.

em said...

Co-sign on the Enola Gay comment. The few times I have seen Jersy Shore, I'm surprised he didn't just start making out with any of the other guys in that house.