It's Vegas, baby — what better place for Barack Obama to try out some new material?
At a packed high school in Nevada, Obama rolled out some jokes and pointed most of them in the direction of his chief rival, Hillary Clinton. We asked Shecky Sloan, our resident 95-year-old former Catskills comic, to analyze Obama's act:
Obama, on being asked in a recent debate for his biggest weakness:
"Because I'm an ordinary person, I thought that they meant, 'What's your biggest weakness?' If I had gone last I would have known what the game was. And then I could have said, 'Well, ya know, I like to help old ladies across the street. Sometimes they don't want to be helped. It's terrible.'"
Shecky: Oooh, not a strong opener. "Sometimes they don't want to be helped"? Maybe Dangerfield could have pulled off this kind of "no respect" stuff, but not this kid.
On Clinton saying she's happy the bankruptcy bill she voted for in 2001 never became law:
"She says, 'I voted for it but I was glad to see that it didn't pass.' What does that mean? No seriously, what does that mean? If you didn't want to see it passed, then you can vote against it! People don't say what they mean. You know what I'm saying is true."
Shecky: It sounds a little like that Seinfeld kid. It's a rookie mistake to be derivative.
On Clinton's radio ad accusing him of having financial ties to supporters of the proposed Yucca Mountain nuclear waste site:
"I have said over and over again I'm against Yucca. I'm against Yucca Mountain. I think the science is not there. I've never, I've never been for Yucca. Never been for it. Never said I was for it. Suddenly you've got the Clinton camp out there saying, 'He's for Yucca.' What part of 'I'm not for Yucca' do you not understand?"
Shecky: There's some nice repetition in there, especially the repeated use of the always-funny "k" sound in "Yucca". I mean, Jerry Lewis could have a field day with the word "Yucca." But the punchline is a little hack, and this is starting to sound like "Take my wife, please!" already. The kid needs work. Nice looking, though.
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For the last question at the CNN/Youtube Democratic Debate last night, each candidate was asked to look at the candidate to his or her left and tell the audience one thing he or she likes and one thing he or she dislikes about that particular candidate.
We asked Shecky Sloan, our resident 95-year-old former Catskills comic, to analyze how the candidates handled this improv exercise. Here are some highlights:
Shecky Says: Taking a pot shot at the lady
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