Cool it with the jokes

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - VOICES -

Shouldn’t some­one tell Craig O’Neill and Ned Perme that they are not funny? It wouldn’t be so bad ex­cept for the fact that they are des­per­ately try­ing to be. If you are go­ing for laughs, you have to in­duce a smile, oc­ca­sion­ally a chuckle, maybe even throw in a guf­faw ev­ery great once in a while. If they were do­ing their “rou­tines” to a live au­di­ence, they would be heck­led. I don’t ex­pect Richard Pryor, but some­one should hire these guys some com­edy writ­ers.

If they keep go­ing for hu­mor, maybe Craig could do Ab­bott and Costello’s “Who’s on first.” Maybe Ned could shave his head to look like Curly of the Three Stooges. When he missed a weather pre­dic­tion (as he of­ten does), one of his co­horts could take two fin­gers, poke him in the eyes and say, “You numb­skull.”

Or they could just play it straight. Not once did I ever see Wal­ter Cronkite look into the camera and say, “Did I tell you the one about the priest and the rabbi walk­ing into a bar?” GARY USELTON


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