Thursday, November 20, 2014

Animal Jokes

Laughing Hyenas

So, I asked Mr. Oliver: Is he engaging in a kind of new journalism? He muttered an oath, the kind he can say on HBO for comic emphasis, but we don’t say here, adding, ‘No!’

“‘We are making jokes about the news and sometimes we need to research things deeply to understand them, but it’s always in service of a joke. If you make jokes about animals, that does not make you a zoologist. We certainly hold ourselves to a high standard and fact-check everything, but the correct term for what we do is ‘comedy.’”

—John Oliver, quasi-comijournalist and host, “Last Week Tonight,” HBO, in David Carr, “John Oliver’s Complicated Fun Connects for HBO,” New York Times, Nov. 16, 2014

Editorial Comment: So is a journalist covering comedy a laughing hyena?

PeezPix by Ted Pease 

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