Sunday, April 15, 2012
Comedians should stick to comedy
During the whole Ozzie Guillen-Fidel Castro ado about a whole lot of nothing, I kept hearing one thought over and over -- baseball players shouldn't get into politics or world issues or anything except baseball. They know about baseball. They don't know about other stuff. Baseball players should stick to baseball.
Well, I have a little bit of a twist on that, and it is this:
Comedians should stick to comedy.
Comedians get free reign over a lot of topics about which they know squat. They're allowed to be wrong as long as they're funny, although there have been many times in which I've said after hearing a joke "that's not funny. ... And it's wrong."
I suppose this falls under comedic license. Facts can be distorted in the name of art.
Fine. I have no problem with that. Funny is funny. I like funny.
But this ain't funny:
Conan O'Brien last month, commenting on the news that Magic Johnson was part of the ownership group buying the Dodgers:
"It's never a good sign when the best athlete on your team is the owner."
A) Not funny. Because Magic is in his 50s now.
B) Wrong. Because there's somebody called Matt Kemp on the Dodgers.
Ever hear of him?
Kemp currently leads the major leagues in runs, hits, home runs, runs batted in, batting average and slugging percentage. He's second in on-base percentage and OPS*
The best athlete on the team is definitely not the owner.
Oh yeah, and the Dodgers are 8-1.
Stick to comedy, Conan.**
* - I realize that the Dodgers' schedule so far this year has consisted of the Padres and the Pirates.
** - I've never found O'Brien funny. I think it's a generational thing.
(Card supplied by Smed's Baseball Card Blog)