TGIF: “1/2 Hour News Hour”

The ill-fated “conservative” “comedy” show, The 1/2 Hour News Hour.  Even though the show had the inexhaustable resources of Fox News working for it (as well as a vast, angry and ill-informed audience), it was only good for fourteen episodes before being cancelled.

Is this really comedy or is it just hack work, an astonishingly unfunny rip-off  of SNL’s classic Weekend Update, not to mention The Daily Show and The Colbert Report?  Is it possible that it is unfunny because it was running an ideological agenda first and attempting comedy second?  And could it be that the witless surliness of it derives from the fact that its targets  — unlike SNL, The Daily Show, and The Colbert Report, which take on all comers — were exclusively on what it assumed to be the “wrong” side of the political divide?

We report.  You decide.

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