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Brian Williams is funnier than you will ever be - VIDEO

by Danny Gallagher, posted Mar 4th 2009 10:07AM
If you asked the average TV watcher what celebrity makes the funniest late night interviews, news anchors would probably be the furthest answer from their minds. It would also just be after physicists, felons convicted of violent crimes and Joaquin Phoenix.

Lately, however, one dedicated newsman has become the most entertaining guest on the late night talk show circuit with the kind of timing, humor and comedic gravitas that even some so-called "professional" comedians have trouble displaying. It could with the greatest of ease turn his own news program into the most hilarious show on television, if the news he reported didn't make us want to jab a corkscrew in our eyes.

That man is NBC's Brian Williams.

Most anchors of Williams' grade have a good time with their talk show appearances. It's their visual vacation away from the anchor desk where even cracking a smile can ruin the marble cake-thick seriousness their programs demand. But Williams takes it to another level of an almost Eugene Mirman caliber of surrealist and deadpan comedy.

He's actually funny, sometimes without any help from the people who are interviewing him. He can not only crack a joke that's funny, but he has the style and stoic nature to back it up. In a way, he almost tricks his audiences into believing that what he is saying his real, only to pull them back in on the joke and yell "Surprise!" without having to throw confetti and jump out from behind an office desk that hasn't been cleaned since God knows when.

He can also use his serious take on things such as the economy as a great set-up to another bit, just to throw the audience off. His last appearance on Late Night with Conan O'Brien featured such a moment when for no reason, he launched into a verbal love letter with fast food, particularly the Arby's Roast Beef and Cheese sandwich and the airport Cinnabon. He spoke about it with such conviction and flowing oratory that the only way I couldn't have found it funny is if a surgeon had physically removed my sense of humor.

Then he can jab and play the dozens with the best of them. He has a quick wit that doesn't just deliver a swift jab to the face but can also land a series of severe body blows in rapid succession that can knock even the quickest comedian right on their ass. Take, for instance, his most recent appearance on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. His seriousness at his own jokes gives him the comedy power of 1,000 comedy traffic schools. Then when Stewart is forced to rip up the notes he prepared for the interview, Williams lets the flood gates of funny loose.


So what does this mean for NBC? Well, we probably won't be seeing any loose pies thrown around the NBC Nightly News set or the introduction of Clappy, the Nightly News Stock Market Chipmunk. The good news is if Jimmy Fallon falls flat, they have a great spare tire in their trunk.

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Brian williams is Not a reporter,this idiot pompous ass reads a teleprompter,spoonfeeding idle americans what they are told to belive,not being smart enough to search for the truth.the end is near and he is to blame for spreading the big lie. Wake up sheeple

March 30 2009 at 12:18 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
j. lumsden

Wish Brian Williams was gay. What a delightful man.

March 05 2009 at 6:23 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
shines

Brian Williams is also great on his Sesame Street appearances. Makes tv time with the kiddo more enjoyable!

March 04 2009 at 5:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Richie

Not to be mean or anything, but was this article supposed to be written like a 12-year old? Because it just was not very good at all.

March 04 2009 at 4:13 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
S

Saddest thing for me about Conan moving to the West Coast is that we'll see less of O'Brien and Williams together. Somehow, I don't see Williams being able to do the same with Fallon (no offense to Jimmy). Stewart and Williams though is a satisfying replacement.

March 04 2009 at 3:28 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Andy

Videolink for readers outside the US:
http://www.thedailyshow.com/video/index.jhtml?videoId=219509&title=Brian-Williams

March 04 2009 at 12:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Mark

Agreed, I am fairly young and I don't watch a lot of news, so I am not attached to many newscasters... I do, however, watch a lot late night shows... Probably the first time I saw Brian Williams was on either the Tonight Show or Late Night with Conan... I've TiVo'ed every Nightly news since.

March 04 2009 at 12:11 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
granmayo

I agree with both Steve & Brian.
His appearance on SNL made me want more.
Looking forward to his return.
Too bad he has a regular gig.
Jimmy Fallon would be in serious trouble.

March 04 2009 at 11:32 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Brian

I look forward to Brian Williams appearances -- be it on TDS or SNL. Frankly, his strength is his ability to listen and quickly react in a pointed manner. Why can't our newspeople be funny? Why can't they share their wit? I'd stake my two cents (FDIC insured) on this... NBC Nightly News rating has less to do with the news than it does his wonderful personality IN OTHER CONTEXTS.

March 04 2009 at 10:54 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Steve

Agreed. That is why he made a good Saturday Night Live host, much better than some actual actors.

March 04 2009 at 10:35 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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