Wednesday, November 10, 2004

Green Screed

When are The Daily Show audiences going to stop laughing every freaking time Jon Stewart throws it over to some correspondent supposedly reporting from [insert remote location here], but instead standing in studio, in front of a green screen? Do they not get it when they watch at home? Does this feat of special effects wizardry so astonish and amuse them? Did they miss the HBO Making of Death Becomes Her in the early 1990s? I thought Comedy Central said that The Daily Show's audience was among the more intelligent out there -- what does that say about the rest of the couch potatoes out there?

I know there are worse things going on in the world right now, but honestly, it's really starting to irritate the crap out of me. Stop laughing! Please stop! You're hurting America (at least this American)! People standing in front of a green screen is not, in and of itself, funny. If it were, we'd all be watching Drew Carey's new show.

Thank you.


Blogger Alex said...

Yeah, I don't get why they think this is so funny, either. Maybe they're just laughing in anticipation of the funny to come.

November 12, 2004 2:23 AM  
Blogger The Pop Culture Petri Dish said...

No, I really think it's that the irony-loving hipsters think it's ironic (and thus humorous) that Stewart says the correspondent is in some far off location, but in fact they're right there in the studio.

Maybe you have to be there.

November 12, 2004 3:34 AM  
Blogger Liz said...

I think that's literally it. After all, it's not like the same people show up for every taping -- even if you know it's coming, actually watching a guy step in front of the green screen is probably hilarious the first or second time you see it.

November 12, 2004 1:18 PM  

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