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Saturday, August 09, 2003 
More than six words 
The somewhat cryptic entry below refers to last night's Friday Night Stand-Up block on Comedy Central, which was a Denis-Leary-o-thon leading up to the Denis Leary Roast tomorrow night. I was somewhat dubious—"four hours of this guy?"—but the first two hours were tapes of hour-long benefit performances by a whole slew of comics, one of whom was Jon Stewart. Who I've never seen anywhere but behind a desk, in a Canali suit, wearing a tie, with mousse in his hair. And here he was doing stand-up in jeans and a slouchy sweater and a leather jacket and tousled hair and...well...damn. (Yeah, I know, I'm married and he's married and he doesn't know who I am. I don't care. I'm allowed to have some irrational interests, aren't I?)

The entire Denis Leary evening was actually remarkable entertaining; J. and I went to bed with the "I'm an Asshole" song firmly stuck in our heads. ("A—S-S—H-O—L-E...") And if our schedules allow, we'll definitely watch the roast tomorrow. I suspect that the whole "let's make fun of Denis Leary" project is actually a "let's make people want to watch Denis Leary" project. I'm sure going to look for some of his albums. (Especially one with the "Asshole" song on it.) I don't know if I'll go so far as to watch his movies, but at least I'm going to be aware of him.

(Besides, I don't know if I'll go so far as to watch Jon Stewart's movies. A good comic doesn't necessarily a) make a good actor or b) get parts in movies that are actually funny. [See, for instance, most of the movies made by Saturday Night Live cast members.] No, I'll take my stand-up comics and sketch artists and late-night talk show hosts in their media of choice, thank you very much.) (Ideally in leather jackets...)

[ at 6:50 PM • by Abby • permalink  ]

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