Friday, September 5, 2008

Odenkirk does not care about stoned people.

For those of you familiar with Tim and Eric's Awesome Show, Great Job, you are probably also familiar with funnyman and occasional guest, Bob Okenkirk. My favorite skit that Odenkirk was in was the Crystal Ships episode where he played a befuddled talk show host. Odenkirk also made Mr. Show with David Cross, has appeared in Seinfeld, Curb Your Enthusiasm, and recently was featured on comedian Doug Benson's documentary Super High Me.

And the appearance on Super High Me is the first one that I did not find funny.

Before I go on, did I mention that he wrote the sketch for Chris Farely about living in a van down by the river?

And then there is Doug Benson. Benson got into comedy on a dare. Him and a couple other guys dared each other to perform at an amateur comedy stage and he was the only one that did it. People laughed. Dough Benson became a comedian.

Benson has been on several comedy tours, Last Comic Standing, and has an ongoing spot on the best VH1 show - Best Week Ever. His recent documentary Super High Me followed Benson for two months - one month without smoking pot at all, and one smoking pot all day, everyday. Throughout the documentary, several friends and colleagues were interviewed - Odenkirk being one of them. This is what he had to say:

Before I even put that on youtube (mainly as an easy way to experiment with my new Pinnacle Studio software), I didn't think to search for other Odenkirk videos. I guess the debate on weather or not he happens to be a very funny conservative has arisen on youtube before.

Not that I give two turds about John Lennon - but the entire tone of the interview seemed to ooze with Odenkirk's self-importance and clever smugness. But he on the New Tom Green show?
That was the short-lived tamer revival of the original Tom Green show. Lame! Some of the comments on this video swear that he was "being sarcastic you idiots." But I don't think so. The "sarcasm," seems more like a grumpy old white guy who happens to be able to appreciate some funny stuff.

My point, which is hazy, seems to be this: why on earth would you publicly denounce roughly 98% of your dvd-buying, show-watchin, pot-smoking audience? Your comedy is kitchy, postmodern-yet-deadpan, hipster humor - and you think that other smug old white men are tuning in? Young professionals? Executives? Well sir, I am sorry. They are all probably at work or in bed so as to wake up for work. But we are here and we are the ones who "get it." And I don't mean just pot smokers. I mean anyone who likes to do what they want when they want it and don't need to be told by the funny man on tv to tell us to grow up.

I hate these old men.