Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Fool me twice

Well, it looks like this year's White House Correspondents Dinner will be a much safer event this year than last. In the wake of Stephen Colbert's biting (and yet, still very funny and on-point) hosting duties from 2006, the 2007 dinner has set its sights on another high profile comedian.

Well, maybe we should amend our statement by saying that the dinner has set its sights on a comedian who had a high profile in 1987. Ladies and gentlemen, your host for the 2007 WHCD is: Rich Little.

I know, many of you out there must be asking yourself the same question. "Is Rich Little still alive and performing?" Well, apparently we all failed that particular portion of our very own Celebrity Dead Pool, because I sure thought he'd at the very least killed his career. I mean, how far can a guy really get on impressions? Apparently, he can get invited to speak to journalists.

For the Correspondents Dinner, this is a look to the future. A future where they will forge ahead without the types of responses that Stephen Colbert generated. A future where they are trying to play everything a bit safer, and less antagonistic towards the job that they are (or at least should be) doing. A future that resembles the compassion and well-wishes of 1984. Which, coincidentally, is the previous time that Little was considered a viable name and hosted the WHCD.

So yes, America, this year we can rest easy that there shall be no statements about "rearranging the deck chairs on the Hindenberg", or any of the other jokes that Colbert made at the administration's expense. Instead, we can look forward to how one man can give us an aural tour of the past few Presidents, with jokes that make Leno seem fresh.

Does this mean that 2008 will feature Rich Hall and "Sniglets"?

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