Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Smackdown!: Stephen Colbert vs. Rich Little

Stephen Colbert

WHO?: Comedian, host of The Colbert Report, who did this routine at the White House Correspondents' Association dinner last year:

PROS: Often painfully funny.

CONS: Routine runs out of gas a bit early. (Clip above is only about half the speech--there's a filmed bit, not included, that's just so-so.)

Rich Little

WHO?: Comedian best known for his impressions of '60s political and entertainment figures. Will do the White House Correspondents' Association dinner this year.

PROS: Only person alive who still does impressions of Broderick Crawford, Maurice Chevalier, and Dwight Eisenhower.

CONS: Only person alive who remembers what Broderick Crawford, Maurice Chevalier, and Dwight Eisenhower sounded like, so quality of impressions is hard to judge. Has made these statements about his upcoming Correspondents' Association gig:
He promised to use mostly political material, though, along these lines: "They said we're going to send jets to Israel this year, but what the hell would they do with a bunch of football players?" Iraq jokes, however, are out. "I do have a funny line on that," he said, and he began to imitate the current President: "George W. Bush here. I tell you, I'm between I-raq and a hard place."

Little paused, and said, "That's funny. But, believe me, you won't hear the word 'Iraq' out of my mouth the whole evening. They know I'm a safe bet over there at the White House."
--The New Yorker

WINNER: Are you kidding me???

LOSER: Satire, which apparently still closes on Saturday night.

(Link to Little interview via

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