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Jewish World Review August 11, 2004 / 24 Menachem-Av 5764

Steve Young

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The satirical gloves are off — especially the Right ones: National Lampoon Bushwhacks | Admit it. George W. Bush has been a pretty easy target. Sometimes too easy. I, for one, have luxuriated in the goldmine the president has provided in both mangled tongue, pretzel stuckotomy and problematic bike management. And, there was even that war thingy.

But, as a writer of the evening, it is difficult to ignore an untapped resource more pregnant with more raw potential than the entire ANWR. I'm talking about making fun of the Left. Not jokes. That would be too simple. I'm talking satire. Clever satire. The kind we're used to getting from National Lampoon. The same National Lampoon that gave us films like "Animal House" and "Vacation," the off-Broadway show "Lemmings" which became the precursor to "Saturday Night Live," not to mention, but I will, the original National Lampoon magazine meant to spoof anything those who deserved it...and of course, many who didn't. Today it also finds a home on the Internet at

Still, why would a seemingly liberal publication, based on the Left Coast, take on Moveon, who some conspiratorial cynics may think of as just a devious Democrat loophole meant to slither around campaign reform laws? Well, believe it or not, it's Bill O'Reilly's fault.

A few weeks back on Bill's radio show, a rich source of unspun comedy possibilities, he mused quixotically about "Is this the new National Lampoon?"

Faster than you could say, "Man, is Tim Robbins gonna hate me," National Lampoon writers and administrative suits, huddled and discussed the satirical and artistic opportunities...and, perhaps, the prospect of making a ton o'money. It made perfect sense.

Up till now, liberals like Margaret Cho, Whoopi Goldberg, and even some who are funny, have thought themselves to be The Keeper of the Satirical FlameŽ. They have made a bundle of bucks ridiculing the Right. Well, I'm hear to tell you those one-sided days are over. Because...well, because, it looks like there's a bundle to be made ridiculing the Left too.

Wednesday, August 11, will begin mining the political gold and balancing the barrage of Liberal-leaning satire by taking direct aim at the subtle money-plucking efforts of How? By going where no satirical site has gone before with such multimedia offerings like...

  • A Sneak Peak at Michael Moore's New Autobiographical Documentary ("I Am Not an A-hole").

  • The Newest Really, Really Hatelful Anti-bush Hate Commercials.

  • Finding an Air America Radio Signal Without Having to Park in the Station's Parking Lot... Just Kidding.

  • Regular Updates on Which Bush Administration Member the Left Thinks Should Be Fired Next.

  • "How to Have a Kerry for President Party for under $100,000." (Including Banner and All Paper Products).

  • "Why Everything Bad That Ever Happened Is the Fault of Donald Rumsfeld."

  • Al & Howard's School For Interpretive Speech.

There's lots more but suffice it to say, satire is no longer the birthright of the liberal elite...or whatever we're labeling them today. Plus, in the best tradition of, MOVEONPLEASE.ORG, will incessantly beg donations so that National Lampoon will be able to get around harsh satirical campaign laws to finance better National Lampoon office parties.

Ah...capitalism, politics and satire. It's the triple club sandwich that America just loves to swallow. I think you will too. Why not give it a bite today?


JWR contributor Steve Young, is an award-winning television writer, author of "Great Failures of the Extremely Successful: Mistakes, Adversity, Failure and Other Stepping Stones to Success" . Comment by clicking here.


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