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Bill O'Reilly Tones Down the Funny in Final Part of His Jon Stewart Interview

by Danny Gallagher, posted Feb 5th 2010 5:29PM
Bill O'Reilly wrapped up the final portion of his interview with Jon Stewart on last night's 'O'Reilly Factor' and if you tuned in hoping for a night of hilariousness, well...you still got it. But this time, you got it from the right person.

Jon Stewart, the host of Comedy Central's 'The Daily Show', kept his trademark charm and wit at high volume during the third and final portion of their edited interview, even though the tone and substance of their discussion got a lot more serious.

And thankfully, O'Reilly put down his red nose and took off his clown make-up for this portion of the interview. As Joel mentioned yesterday, O'Reilly is painful to watch when he tries to be funny. Screw waterboarding; the NSA should have hired him as the emcee for their interrogations.



Now sure some might consider the "vice president" angle an attempt to be funny, it didn't feel like that. The whole tone of the interview was about "vetting" Stewart on the issues from the Iranian threat to global warming and the VP angle felt just like a vehicle for that. It would have been nice if he had done that up front and not spent a good half-hour the first go around trying to be the conservative Mort Sahl.

Stewart did have some jokey moments as well (the "war on Hanukkah" bit had me wiping the Caffeine Free Diet Coke off my computer screen, honest to God), but he's a comedian and even if he's a satirist, he's not supposed to take things seriously.

It's very irritating to hear people complain that a comedian or a comedy show host isn't being balanced enough for one point of view or the other. If you want serious critical thinking on complex political and sociological issues, then watch the news, not 'The Daily Show', 'The Colbert Report' or 'The Half Hour News Hour'. Sure you can introduce new ideas or even enlighten people with satire, but if comedy is absent, then it's not technically satire. The same frustration creeps up my spine when Bill Maher gets so heated on a political discussion that he's ranting away without a joke in sight.

As for the discussion itself, O'Reilly did a nice job of keeping things low-key or as low-key as they can be on a shout-fest news show like 'The O'Reilly Factor.' Both landed some strong punches against the other (i.e. O'Reilly got Stewart on the foiled Detroit underwear bombing, Stewart got O'Reilly on O'Reilly's Iraq War stance) and were actually cordial to an extent.

It felt very telling to see that these two almost polar opposite talking heads can discuss very hot-button and complex issues without resorting to the usual childish BS that cable news has become known for these last few years.

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Miguel Wayne

You are going to have to quote me where O'Reilly was funny because he's not. O'Reilly is about as funny as watching paint dry on a wall. Stewart on the other hand... HILARIOUS!!!

February 06 2010 at 4:26 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
d

Anyone who don't think bill is funny don't know how to be honest and make jokes at the same time, he jokes when it is the right time and knows how to not joke when he shouldn't.

February 06 2010 at 2:51 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Marcus Gorman

"Anyone who don't think he's funny"?

Methinks somebody needs to take a refresher course on his/her native language.

February 08 2010 at 4:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
LINDA SMITH

WOW I DO NOT KNOW WHY YOU DO NOT FIND BILL O'REILLY FUNNY BECAUSE IF YOU LISTEN TO HIM HE TRULEY IS VERY FUNNY BUT HIS PROBLEM IS THAT HE IS NOT OUT TO SLICE AND DICE ANYONE LIKE MOST OF THE OTHER POLITICAL TALK SHOWS HE IS SOFT HEARTED COMPARED TO MOST OF THESE HOSTS AND THERE FORE HE DOES NOT GO FOR HUMOUR BY RUNNING YOU INTO THE DIRT HE REALLY HAS A HEART AND HE'S TRULEY A NICE AND HONEST PERSON, GOD BLESS YOU BILL !

February 06 2010 at 1:18 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Marcus Gorman

Suggestion:

If you do not wish to be considered a fool, may I suggest that you turn off the caps lock so you don't sound like a screaming child?

February 08 2010 at 4:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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