Sunday, February 01, 2009

Comedy On NPR

"I never cease being dumbfounded by the unbelievable things people believe." ~ Leo Rosten

As most of you know, I listen to National Public Radio (NPR) on weekends, when I'm in my car. There is no programming worth listening to on weekends on the Conservative talk radio stations in this area (Unless you think shows about mulch are entertaining), so I listen to NPR, a decidedly non-Conservative radio network, which is partly subsidized by our tax dollars.

Their Liberal bias is even more obvious than MSNBC, if that is possible.

I wonder, how many billions of dollars in the new Porkulus package are earmarked for public radio and television?

But I digress.

There are, believe it or not, some programs on NPR worth listening to, particularly on weekends. There is "Car Talk", "Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me", and "A Prairie Home Companion". I enjoy the comedy, when it is not specifically directed at Conservatives and Republicans.

Well, sometimes even then.

There are always nuggets of comedy to be found on all of the aforementioned shows.

But this week, the best comedy line wasn't on any of those shows. It was, instead, on a "serious" show called "This American Life".

The host of the program announced a new editorial policy, which was encapsulated in one line, to wit:

"Don't try to force Obama to stop smoking."

But, hold on there!

That isn't the line to which I referred. The line I am referencing as the funniest line of the day came next:

"Smoking is Obama's ONLY flaw."

Who knew NPR was so funny?

Perhaps our tax dollars aren't being wasted by subsidizing Public Radio after all.


Gayle said...

"Smoking is Obama's only flaw." BWAAHAAAHAAAHAAA!

Wait a minute! The Messiah isn't supposed to have any flaws. Not one! So this means Obama isn't the Messiah? Good grief! Who knew? Personally I think all of us should send him free cartons of cigarettes to show our appreciation. :)

Mark said...

Told ya it was funny.

Most Rev. Gregori said...

The messiah has no clothes. I am heart broken. Excuse me while I rend my clothing and sprinkle ash upon my head.

Ms.Green said...




Mark said...

I can only imagine the host of the program saying that with a straight face. I can only hope he was joking.

Lone Ranger said...

I agree that talk radio turns to total garbage on the weekends. That's when it comes in handy to have XM. I once worked at a place that distributed NPR to our overseas military bases and I had to sit for about four hours every morning and listen to their trash. It is just as boring and hateful as liberal AM talk radio. Hugh Downs really surprised me. I have always loved his voice and he has always been innocuous on TV, but turn him loose on NPR and he is as filled with bile as any lefty I can mention.

Mark said...

LR, That's true but there are some truly funny shows on the weekend. Car Talk is great. So is A Prairie Home Companion, and Wait Wait is good, too, but they really pick on Conservatives. Nevertheless, they are funny. There's another similar one to Wait Wait, but I can't remember the name right now.

tugboatcapn said...

Garrison Kiellor's nose whistles like a bathtub toy, and he sounds like he is dying of an asthma attack, but I like the Prarie Home Companion.

I really like Car Talk too.

Other than those two shows, I don't have much use for NPR.

As to Obama's smoking... I just wish that were his only flaw.

You would think that the man who has promised to stamp out corruption in Washington could find ten Democrats who have paid their taxes...

Apparently not.

Mark said...

Democrats don't pay taxes. They are above that. They want us to pay all the taxes.

Anonymous said...

I stopped listening to Car Talk when they started promoting higher fuel taxes, at least fifty cents more, because it would force us to "change" our driving habits, make us rely on alternative transportation (mass transit), and increase the drive (pun intended) to create alternative energy.

The Tappet Brothers may or may not really believe this, I would hope they don't, but since they are part of NPR I assume they either do or were forced to say what they did to keep on good terms with NPR. Either way, I quit listening to them as I have most NPR programming and even told them so in a letter and why.

NPR still grabs my curiosity simply because of some of the outright biased things they say, which gives more ammo against the left.

Marshall Art said...

Never listened to NPR. Never intend to. It's music, sports or nothing until I can afford the monthly payment for satellite radio.