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Wednesday, January 10, 2007
Someone please tell me that was an anomaly
What has happened to the show I used to love?
It started to go south for me when the writer, Paul, did his standup schtick on advising George Bush on speech-making. Now from what I understand, Paul is a writer for the show, not a standup comic, but honestly, my comic delivery is better than that, and I can't tell a joke to save my life. That in itself is forgiveable, but the material wasn't really very funny. I think if you are going to use air time to produce a segment like that, you have to make sure you are actually humourous. Yet the audience still laughed at all the lame jokes, confirming my observations that they really add no more to the show as a televised entity than a laughtrack would. I'm assuming they were just being polite.
But the really disturbing thing for me was that the spark (which had made me a faithful viewer for two years) seemed to be missing from the show. There was something oddly flat and formulaic about what was being presented to me. Even George's jokes were stale. I was stunned to hear him make a quip about The One. My god, isn't it time to stop flogging that dead horse?
I used to rely on The Hour to provide me with a fresh perspective on current affairs. In Season One and Two, it was one of the best sources of accessible analysis on television. I saw no evidence of that quality last night, and it saddened me.
I stopped watching halfway through.
I'm hoping that someone can assure me that January 9, 2007's show was a one-off, that it was just a bad night. Hey, we all have bad nights.