Oh, I know for most people the late Andy Kaufman will always be the greatest “concept” comedian ever, but I’ve always been partial to funny man Bill Kristol. Bill’s send-ups of smug, pompous, callous and snobbish Conservative pundits have been making me laugh for years. Like Paul Reubens with his Pee Wee Herman character or Paul Schaeffer with his Vegas schmoozer act, Kristol never broke character. His serious expression made the da-da-esque comedy spilling from his mouth even funnier.
Sure, Stephen Colbert stole Kristol’s act, but Colbert was always too mainstream. Even the most humorless people knew Colbert was spoofing that annoying windbag Bill O’Reilly but real hipsters knew there were huge elements of Bill Kristol’s shtick stolen line for line. It’s like how the early rock’n’rollers unashamedly stole a lot of black music, y’know?
This week Kristol churned out his latest comedy masterpiece: he plucked a guy named David French out of the Federal Witness Protection Program and claimed he was running the stooge as a Third Party Candidate! This after teasing the “big reveal” over the Memorial Day weekend on social media, bragging about how potent this mystery candidate would be. Ah, Bill! You still got it!
This is funnier than Firesign Theater’s “Papoon for President” bits or Steve Gerber’s “Howard the Duck for President” gag way back in 1976. Leave it to Bill Kristol to find a mock candidate even more absurd than those!
The most side-splittingly hilarious aspect of Kristol’s gag candidate is that, after people spent hours searching for the guy on various internet search engines they learned that French’s most recent claim to fame was defending Kevin Williamson, the Conservative Snob who recently wrote an epic-length tirade about how “working class white communities deserve to die.”
Williamson was actually serious, though, not a comic genius like Bill Kristol is. (Look, you’re either funny or you’re just not.) Here’s hoping the Clown Prince of Punditry has a lot more jokes in store for us in this crazy election year!
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