P.J.

I’ve been reading P.J. O’Rourke since before he was writing about politics — or at least before I knew he was, as I read my dad’s old National Lampoons. P.J. has a new book out, and the folks at RightNetwork are running excerpts from it at their site. While I particularly like this one:

We all praise the virtue of sharing, but perform the following thought experiment about the sharing process. Imagine that your family is matched, by lot, with five other families and that the resulting half dozen familial units must pool their resources and come to mutual decisions about how those resources are to be allocated. For a brief moment that sounds like an intriguing combination of reality TV and the 1960s. Then we recall what an awful combination reality TV and the 1960s would have been. The Real Housewives of Charlie Manson.

, there’s lots of other funny to be found as well. Read it, and the other excerpt at the site, and feel sorry for the Left. They had to settle for Stewart, Colbert and Franken. We’ve got O’Rourke.

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4 Responses to P.J.

  1. majormaddog says:

    I won’t touch your comment about Stewart, Colbert and Franken, because you’re obviously just way off base there. My question is about P.J. since I’m not familiar with his stuff. Was he previously funny as a generic funny guy and you folx on the Right just think he’s heeeelarious now because he’s taken a turn to your ideological side, ala Dennis Miller, who’s lost every bit of his funny? Just looking for a frame of reference.

    • profmondo says:

      He was funny before I knew anything about his politics (in fact, he used to be a hippie when he went to Miami of Ohio). Come on — the guy was the managing editor of the National Lampoon in the 70s, and along with Doug Kenney, wrote the NatLamp High School Yearbook, which makes him the uncle of Animal House.

      But you’re right… he’s certainly no Stuart Smalley.

  2. majormaddog says:

    Kind of my point with the comparison to Dennis Miller – he was funny once and now that he’s moved right (I assume that’s the case since his book seems to be getting pub on the right-leaning sites), it’s probably not going to be funny stuff. Another example is, um, is it Zucker who was part of Airplane or Hot Shots or something and then got conservatism and tried to do a conservative parody flick, which was unfunny and bombed. Paraphrasing Stephen Colbert, funny has a liberal bias.

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