John Oliver Interviews Herman Cain
April 25, 2012 8 Comments
When I consider which Daily Show correspondent might branch out from the main show and found his or her own Comedy Central project à la Stephen Colbert, my vote goes to John Oliver. True, there other plausible choices, as the Daily Show is stacked with talent. Oliver impresses me with his ability to both write and perform, to handle sketches as well as stand-up, and with a distinct political take on the world.
I had the chance a couple years back to see Oliver perform at Cobb’s Comedy Club in San Francisco. It wasn’t traditional stand-up comedy in that he didn’t accentuate the improvisational element of his act, although he was certainly relaxed and conversational. It was more in the line of the British tradition of one man shows, and it made me suspect that the Daily Show scouts for fully-formed comedic talents who can be incorporated into their fold doing something similar to what they already do, rather than looking for comedic talents who can be reshaped to fit an already-defined role.
Oliver is definitely a talent on his own and I would watch a show which combined his news analysis with field trips like the recent one to Gabon, where he demolished the U.S. decision to not pay into UNESCO. And I would definitely watch more episodes of “Inside the Political Curtain with John Oliver.”
On Monday, Oliver interviewed Herman Cain. Now, Herman Cain is fun to watch because he’s just as insane as the rest of the GOP presidential candidates, but with a much better sense of humor about it all. He may not realize how batshit crazy he is, but he’s up for some fun, and I applaud Cain for his willingness to play a pretend president, rallying the citizens against the extraterrestrial threat.
Citizens of Earth. It was the spirit of humanity that built this planet. It is that same spirit of humanity that will allow us to defend ourselves against unknown enemies. It is that same spirit of humanity that will allow us to destroy the aliens.
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