Give The “1/2 Hour Comedy Hour” A Chance

Fox has a new comedy show, designed to be a conservative answer to the Daily Show, that’s coming out this week and there are a couple of clips out there, one that even features Rush Limbaugh and Ann Coulter.

Unfortunately, the reviews on the right so far have been savage. For example, here’s Ace of Spades HQ:

“I guess this proves that “clapper” comedy is just as popular on the right as it is on the left. Margaret Cho has been making money off people with absolutely no functioning taste in humor for years, just giving them non-joke jokes that flatter their liberal sensibilities, and garner claps and fake “solidarity laughs” in return.

Stewart too. And Colbert.

Why should liberals be the only ones riding this wonderful “let’s-pretend-it’s- funny-because-they’re-making-fun- of-our-ideological-opponents gravy train”? It’s time to get ours.”

And Hog On Ice? He’s even more brutal.

“My GOD, does this show blow. The guy doing the newscast shouldn’t be allowed on studio property for fear whatever he has might be transmitted to other actors. The writing…well, it’s like something you would expect from writers who have never done humor. Which makes me wonder if the second-tier talent from 24 is involved. Earth to Joel Surnow: comedy is a SPECIALTY. It’s not enough to be able to fill a page and make a deadline. You have to have a special talent.”

First of all, have you ever sat down and watched Saturday Night Live, Mad TV, Kids in the Hall, etc.? Typically, the ratio is something like one funny skit, one sorta-funny skit, for every 3 skits that absolutely stink.

Now the two “1/2 Hour Comedy Hour” skits that are out there? I’d put both of those in the “sorta funny” category, which probably isn’t great news given that you’d think they’d want to put their “A-list” material out there to build up buzz for the show.

Still, the show hasn’t even debuted yet, so I think people are rushing to judgment here. Give it a few weeks and let’s see how it does. It may turn out to be a lot better than people think.

PS: I thought now would be a great time to announce that I have also been hired as a consultant for the “1/2 Hour Comedy Hour,” a show that may very well turn out to be the biggest laugh riot of our generation!

PS #2: I’m just kidding about that. I really haven’t been hired by the “1/2 Hour Comedy Hour.”

PS #3: Joel Surnow, call me, I can help you in the blogosphere.

PS #4: I was kidding about that.

PS #5: But, if I were hired as a consultant, I’d suggest they hire writers from blogs like IMAO, Scrappleface, BlameBush!, Iowahawk and The Nose On Your Face, among other websites.

PS #6: I thought now would be a great time to announce that I have also been hired as consultant for IMAO, Scrappleface, BlameBush!, Iowahawk and The Nose On Your Face, among other websites.

PS #7: I was just kidding about that, too.

PS #8: I was also kidding about having a PS #8. PS #7 was actually the last real PS.

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