In this issue

Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review Feb. 1, 2008 / 25 Shevat 5768

Evening At The Heritage Foundation Improv: Hannity and Levin Go Andy Kaufman But Fans Don't Get It

By Steve Young

Printer Friendly Version
Email this article

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Watch out P.J. O'Rourke. Make way, Dennis Miller. The Lords of Loud are going Mort Sahl all over you. And we have Johnny McCain to thank for it.

So you say the right wing doesn't have a sense of humor. Okay, maybe the listeners don't, but the boys behind the mike spent the last 24 hours auditioning for a prime spot in case Fox revives their hysterically clever Half Hour Comedy Hour.

The laid back, Steven Wright humor of Mr. Mark Levin hit the stage with a monologue threatening to toss his headphones if McCain won the Florida primary. "I'm not coming back. If talk radio doesn't work, why come back?

If talk radio is weak, ineffective and had no influence... I don't need this. This might be it tonight."

Levin claimed he had talked to his wife about it. Throwing the wife reference in always make the humor all the more charming. It means he doesn't make a decision without first checking with the little woman and shows us all that he's not the Doberman attack dog he wants us to think he is. Unfortunately he blew it by revealing his satire naivete when he told his audience, in his first segment yet, "I'll die at this microphone." He had given away the joke, which you just don't do unless, of course, he intended to die that night. That, ladies and gentlemen would be brilliant.

On the other hand, Sean Hannity went fifty-five Andy Kaufmanish minutes without letting the Hannityheads in on the gag.

"I was wrong on McCain. He was winning the hearts of Republican Party. Securing borders just keeps people from feeding their families. It's heartless...makes us irrelevant! Who needs the Death Tax?!"

Sure, dead people don't need money, but his callers were incensed that their hero was willing to ignore the needs of the deceased who don't even have three hours a day to listen to Sean. Some callers were ready to boycott. One woman offered her grandson up to pick lettuce to keep Sean from moving left, but the Great American told all who listen that Great Americans should be willing to change to make America and Americans greater.

You just were waiting for Sean to start pulling women from the audience to wrestle. He was hot. But his callers were hotter.

They tried to talk Sean out of his new progressive conservative stance. Hannity would have none of it. Never breaking character he used the classic, "Anyone who doesn't believe me didn't listen to the electorate" A-material. "We should close Gitmo, talk with terrorists, have no drilling in ANWR and protect the environment!

Then he closed with the killer.

"Ted Kennedy can be right! I was too harsh on Kennedy, Edwards and Feingold. Talk radio has been dividing the country" What was next? George Soros to invest in Fox? MSNBC to offer show to Hannity? Free Ruth Chris steaks for the poor?

Right-wing bloggers went ABM (Anything But McCain) ballistic... "(Hannity's) nuts. He's buying into the global warming BS. His goose is cooked," wrote Wastedyears at Free Republic.com.

"Sean's going soft on McCain," wailed Incorrigible.

But then, Sean let them in on it. He was being facetious. Too bad. If either Levin or Hannity wanted to truly earn their satire wings, they would have never let their audience in on the joke. Ever. Number one, telling a joke, then explaining that it was a joke, is the mark of a comedy club open-stager who doesn't have confidence in his material.

But even more, it is a sign that a comic doesn't trust his audience to be smart enough to get the joke. And certainly no one would ever claim that those who listen to talk radio aren't smart enough to think for themselves.

Andy Kaufman would have never broken character...ever, because he knew that his audience got it. A lot of people, even today, think that he died. But you don't see Andy telling everyone it was a joke.

See, that's what we call genius.

Every weekday JewishWorldReview.com publishes what many in the media and Washington consider "must-reading". Sign up for the daily JWR update. It's free. Just click here.

JWR contributor Steve Young is an award-winning TV writer and author of "Great Failures of the Extremely Successful". Comment by clicking here.

© 2008, Steve Young