The President kills ’em Correspondent’s Dinner

You’ve seen the highlights of the President’s stand up comedy, now try the veal! Er, I mean, watch the entire schtick! Tip your waitresses well, and catch all of Barry’s schpiel and following that, heeeeeere’s Jay Leno!

38 minutes of wacka wacka wacka fun fun fun!

UPDATE: The credit to the funny in Obama’s monologue goes to the writers at The Daily Show

YouTube link

Technically, you can’t make fun of anything of substance the President does or says during this — it’s one of those unwritten laws or something. Like running across the pitcher’s mound after a foul ball takes you past 3nd base… But people will do it anyway.

Your reality has been (digitally) altered

OK, now this one is just fun. We just learned that ex-Governatrix, Sarah Palin’s recent appearance on The Tonight Show (with old/new host Jay Leno) was digitally altered to make her appear more appealing. Yep, that’s right, according to an individual who was in the audience, she totally bombed in her stand-up routine, and was not nearly the media darling that she appeared to be during the ham-handed, softball interview.

“Who needs teleprompters when a studio can simply insert canned laughter?

I’ve dealt with sound engineering for 30 years, as a film maker, interviewer, musician, working with master reel to reel tapes/decks at EMS Music in Seattle in the 80’s as a sound duplication engineer, or setting sound levels for my and other bands in live situations at shows. I won a Hollywood award for animation in 2000. I know sound. And it’s my opinion that audio portions of Sarah Palin’s March 2nd appearance on Jay Leno’s Tonight show were added or amplified, edited before broadcast to make it appear that Sarah Palin was more welcome than she was.

I know. I was there.”

Makes you wonder how much of what we “witness” on TV has been faked (yes, I’m talking to you Fox News)

“They added laughter where there was none during uncomfortable portions. Well, there was some laughter. Mine, of derision. During those pregnant pauses in her performance I was laughing long and loud, couldn’t help myself as much of what she was saying was utterly surreal, ridiculous, hypocritical – nonsense, spewed platitudes, pushed buttons. I was seriously thinking of leaving as it was getting hysterically unfunny.

After sitting through the taping of the show in the studio I can recount many portions where there was little or no laughter or response, but at the later broadcast they are smoothed over with applause and laughter that WERE NOT THERE at the taping. Groans, hoots, grumbling, or just dead silence – all missing.”


Oh yeah, truth in reporting makes us want to add that the person who made this blogpost, was not only a former resident of Alaska (says he live there for 12 years), but is no fan of Palin.

In fact the guy also the published Going Rouge: The Sarah Palin Rogue Coloring & Activity Book, and had actually brought several to the taping, and passed them out to the audience prior to the start of the show.

Oh yeah, apparently there is a story making the rounds that Palin (who recently lifted everything from an Oscar freebie table) is currently pitching a reality show featuring her.

Talk about the vanishing ratings on TV, eh?

The Perfessor

China weighs in on Leno v. Conan

Yeah, you read that right, China media apparently filed a TV report about NBC’s late night fiasco. I obviously can’t understand anything that is said in this video, but the imagery of the video is pretty clear, as well as quite hysterical

Needless to say, sound is not required, but it is funny to note that a TV report in Chinese is subtitled in Chinese (and yes, I understand that there are two major languages in China, Mandarin and Cantonese, one is spoken and the other is subtitled), but it still looks silly to this Occidental.

The Perfessor

Late night of a different color

Is Conan is out in the cold?
So yeah, we’ve all been riffing on the Late-Night silliness that has been going on for the last couple of weeks,and well, (virtually) every party has been heard from thus far, and that’s cool and all. Still, there is another reality of a hi-tech digital source that has not yet been considered, that is until now.

What would happen if instead of NBC’s two big guns duking it out for the 11:30 time slot, they tried something different. Nick Bilton from The New York Times offers this opinion.

…So here’s my advice to Mr. O’Brien: After he leaves NBC and spends a few months healing his wounds and pulling the troops back together, he should come back and make the Internet his time slot. He doesn’t need to abandon television — there are still millions of viewers who sit around the living room and tune in at a specific time — but he could take the battle in the direction the audience is clearly migrating: online.

He has a point, how many of you folk out there watch TV when it was on, that is to say, when was the last time you caught a Letterman, Leno, Conan, SNL or other late-nite bit live. Most folks I know (especially younger folks), are doing something else and watch later online at a time that is more convenient to them.

I have to be completely honest, I didn’t even know “The Tonight Show” went on the air at 11:35 p.m. until the drama surrounding the shows’ time change happened recently. Just like Mr. Carr and his daughter, I sit at home watching Web clips of the show on my computer — as I do with all my television programming.

Over the last week I’ve enjoyed watching the hosts snipe back and forth as my friends shared links to specific clips, passing along the daisy chain of comedy to others.

Still, that’s not even the only option, as this commenter to Mr. Bilton’s article pointed out:

I think a more realistic version of this scenario would in fact make sense. I’m sure the technology exists for it to be possible on digital tv, for people to just press sth on their TV to just choose which show they want to watch, if both were on at the same time. Since there doesn’t seem to much overlap between the 2, that way everyone could get what they wanted and NBC would increase its ratings. This would be a truly revolutionary move, the kind Zucker thought he was achieving with the original plan. Of course, in addition to this, instant replay should be possible for those who do want to see both, similar to what TimeWarner offers in some markets. And in addition, of course clips from all shows should be available online and all over the world (no geo blocking). Internent users in Europe could not access many of the NBC clips being shared last week because of senseless IP blocking. A positive example in this respect: Comedy Central and The Daily Show/Colbert Report, perfectly accessible in Europe as well.

Now what could be cooler than that? The next revolution will be on the Internet.

The Perfessor

More on Late Nite TV

Yea it is fun poking at these guys, and it is even more fun watching them poke at each other. The latest news is that Conan has announced that when Leno gets moved back to 11:35 after the Olympics, he won’t follow as host of the Tonight show at 21:05 (someone rather eloquently went on to point out that if your show starts at 12:05 is is no longer “tonight” but tomorrow morning).

It looks like “The Tonight Show” host Conan O’Brien is likely to be gone soon, chin-checked out by former host Jay Leno, whose 10 pm show on the GE (GE)–and soon to be Comcast (CMCSK)–broadcast television network bit.

But O’Brien is biting back harder, as you will see, along with “The Late Show” legend David Letterman on CBS (CBS), who is moving into viciously hysterical against Leno, whom he seems to dislike.

Here are some of their latest videos:

Follow the link if you wish, (hightly recommended), but I still wanted to post one of the vids, here:

Man, watching this stuff makes my life look tame.

The Perfessor

Late Night Brouhaha

Ok, by now we’ve all hared about the late-nite dust-up with Leno tanking at 10:00 P.M. and taking the rest of the line-up’s rating with him, so I.m really not going to rehash it all here, but, I figured that I’d let some of the late-nite guys tell their side of of how all of this affects them, starting with Conan:

Conan O’Brien will leave ‘The Tonight Show’ if Leno returns to NBC late night

Now for a bunch of clips. First up, Conan talks about Leno:

Craig Ferguson weighs in:

Now for what David Letterman thinks:

In a this article Conan eviscerates NBC over their decision to move the lineup around.

Even Jimmy Kimmel gets into the act when he talks about the Jay Leno/Conan O’Brien situation.

Ya just gotta love this stuff.

The Perfessor