Al Franken for Senate ‘08

Well, it took three hours but I finally talked Al Franken into running for congress. That’s right you heard it first here Al Franken is going to be the next Senator from the great state of Minnesota. I think what really sealed the deal was my invoking the memory of Paul Wellstone and what a really decent guy he was and he was able to remain that way even in the morass of politics. That and reminding him that no one on Capitol Hill can tell a joke for shit. Even Barney Frank, who used to kill with his Democratic responses to Ronald Reagan’s State of the Union adresses, has lost his touch-he compared Stephen Colbert to the Three Stooges for Christ sake! Of course Al had major objections, “What about my family?” (Personally I don’t think Fran will dig the Washington scene) “Will the Democrats get behind a Franken candidacy?” C’mon I told him we were all onboard for the Al Franken decade what’s a little Senate campaign? (A hearty laugh was had by all!) So I quickly called up Charles Schumer and got him to calm Al down, we struck a deal whereby Al doesn’t make Jewish jokes about Chuck outside of Manhattan, Beverly Hills or certain open zones like the Skirball Center or Friars’ Club Roast locations and Chuck assures him that the Democratic apparatus won’t leave him open to abuse by the right wing noise machine. There where also some Hollywood TV executive types willing to talk big numbers that were in on the meeting but it was mostly my show. They wish to remain anonymous until the real campaigning starts and they can throw their endorsements and swanky parties our way. Did I mention that Buck Henry was at the next table? Well, he was. Do you remember the perverted baby sitter character Buck used to play on Saturday Night Live with Gilda Radner and Lorraine Newman? Boy, pederasts used to be funny back before Stone Phillips started his Candid Camera for Kiddy diddlers.

Big News Moves To Sundays @10

Big News Logo

On January 14, “Big News”, IO-West Theater’s long-running current events satire, presented its first show its new time slot. Whether or not it was because the show is now free or that Sundays at 10 is much better time slot, Big News is clearly now playing to a bigger audience and the debut show was a resounding success. And since the world situation is such a complete mess, 2007 looks like it’s going to be a good year for the cast and writers who create a brand new multimedia sketch comedy show every week “ripped straight from today’s headlines.”

‘Big News’ in Time Out-Chicago

Here’s the write up in Time Out for Big News’ appearance at this years Chicago Sketchfest.

Other groups, like Big News from I.O. West (the L.A. branch of I.O. Chicago), do things at the last second out of necessity. Big News’ weekly shows rip material from the headlines, applying comedic spin to world events. To keep the show as current as possible, scripts are constantly in flux, with final drafts appearing just before the lights come up. For Big News, the audience’s experience is worth the 11th-hour effort: “When shows get scripted for long runs, you can only get away with a general take on something topical,” says actor-writer Mike Hughes. “We can respond to things immediately, and when we get a Dick Cheney or Mark Foley incident, it’s, ‘Thank you, God.’ ”

And from the author’s blog:

Big News began with an introduction from Michael McCarthy, the show’s founder and now one of the forces behind Q101’s new morning comedy radio show. “Thank you, Sketchfest, for rescuing us from LA,” he said. “Normally in LA, before we can make fun of the news, we have to first tell people the news.” The sketches were, as you’d guess, ripe with political humor: Dick Cheney shooting a guy in the face; Barack Obama considering a run for president; Dick Cheney shooting a guy in the face; Jews controlling the media; oh, and a face shooting. The last few minutes were a quick montage of the latest headlines: “Cameron Diaz and Justin Timberlake ended their 3 year relationship over Christmas. Diaz was reportedly upset when she received Timberlake’s holiday gift: A dick in a box.”

‘Big News’ in Time Out-Chicago

Here’s the write up in Time Out for Big News’ appearance at this years Chicago Sketchfest.

Other groups, like Big News from I.O. West (the L.A. branch of I.O. Chicago), do things at the last second out of necessity. Big News’ weekly shows rip material from the headlines, applying comedic spin to world events. To keep the show as current as possible, scripts are constantly in flux, with final drafts appearing just before the lights come up. For Big News, the audience’s experience is worth the 11th-hour effort: “When shows get scripted for long runs, you can only get away with a general take on something topical,” says actor-writer Mike Hughes. “We can respond to things immediately, and when we get a Dick Cheney or Mark Foley incident, it’s, ‘Thank you, God.’ ”

And from the author’s blog:

Big News began with an introduction from Michael McCarthy, the show’s founder and now one of the forces behind Q101’s new morning comedy radio show. “Thank you, Sketchfest, for rescuing us from LA,” he said. “Normally in LA, before we can make fun of the news, we have to first tell people the news.” The sketches were, as you’d guess, ripe with political humor: Dick Cheney shooting a guy in the face; Barack Obama considering a run for president; Dick Cheney shooting a guy in the face; Jews controlling the media; oh, and a face shooting. The last few minutes were a quick montage of the latest headlines: “Cameron Diaz and Justin Timberlake ended their 3 year relationship over Christmas. Diaz was reportedly upset when she received Timberlake’s holiday gift: A dick in a box.”