Tuesday, February 27, 2007
Fox News 1/2 Hour Comedy Hour! The Reviews are in. And I just thought Fox News Reporters were a joke.
The New York Times Alessandra Stanley
"Sometimes the humor is so heavy-handed that it seems almost like self-parody. "
Hollywood Reporter Barry Garron
"A look at the first episode suggests that, just as A.M. radio is the unassailable province of the right, TV might better be left to the left. "
Philadelphia Inquirer Jonathan Storm
"The 1/2 Hour News Hour is slow torture all by itself. "
Variety Brian Lowry
"As for Surnow, in a sense, he's added a program to his resume that neatly dovetails with "24" -- demonstrating that stiff, uninspired comedy isn't exactly torture; it's just not much fun. "
Boston Globe Joanna Weiss
"In truth, there's nothing wrong with partisan humor, as long as it's actually funny. But here, even the less-political jokes are hopelessly obvious or old. "
Chicago Tribune Maureen Ryan
"The humor is so predictable and so stale that it fails to produce any laughs. "
Orlando Sentinel Hal Boedeker
""Weekend Update" on its worst night isn't this bad. "
Slate Troy Patterson
"You couldn't skewer a cube of tofu with material this dull. "
The Onion A.V. Club Amelie Gillette
"It's even worse than anyone imagined."
Bob Cesca Huff Po -
David Frum National Review Online"Then there's the unintentionally hilarious Republican racism in the show. The attempted joke in which the white male host compares Senator Obama to former Washington, DC mayor Marion Barry was weird and awful, especially considering the wide variety of, say, white politicians and public figures who have used cocaine. Like the president."
"Seriously: "The 1/2 Hour News Hour" is so unfunny as to be affirmatively insulting. Do the programmers at Fox really think that we their viewers are this dumb?"
Right Wing News:
"This show was not timely at all and at times you felt like their first priority was getting across a message, not making people laugh. Perhaps more importantly, this may be the least edgy show made since Leave it to Beaver. "
The funniest thing about the show is that a Fake News Channel (Fox News) now has a fake comedy show, complete with fake laughter. Oh momma I can feel you cryin'. And here I thought Bill O'Reilly and Hannity were the biggest jokes on Fox.