We here at Phawker are no strangers to comedic misfires when trying to hit the bullseye of funny: jokes that won’t start in the morning, jokes that go off prematurely, jokes that can’t get it up, jokes that stall on the railroad tracks. Which is, in part, why we would like to introduce to you a new and recurring feature called WHEN DOES THIS GET FUNNY? Think of it as a penalty box for bad jokers, a time-out for the foul ball hitters of the funny bone, a rolled up newspaper across the snout of good intentions and botched execution.
THE JOKER: Brian McManus, Music Editor, PW
THE EGG HE LAID: An ill-aimed swing at post-modern gonzo Q&A with alleged-comedian and former local boy Bob Saget. Perhaps sensing, rightfully it should be noted, that almost NOBODY wants to read an interview with Bob Saget, McManus tries to sex it up with standard alt-weekly one-two punch: irony and kitsch. As such, the entire conversation is about what Bob Saget thinks about Bob Seeger because A) They were both in town this week for performances B) They are both named Bob — get it?
THE NEST HE LAID IT IN: Last week’s PW.
Brian McManus: All Music Guide offers the following adjectives to describe the music of Bob Seger: exuberant, swaggering, hungry, trippy and bittersweet. What adjectives would they list to describe your standup?
Bob Saget: Exhausting, staggering, cryptic and like a Nutty Buddy.
HOW TO REDEEM HIMSELF: Conduct a legitimately insightful and penetrating interview with a truly important figure in the business that is show — but drained of all irony, kitsch, and pomo hot-dogging — in which the takeaway is something more than empty calories for the mind. That’s our job.