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Marty Markowitz, Comic Genius

December 20, 2010

I don’t think there’s much to say about yesterday’s Op-Art by Bruce McCall in the New York Times except to say that it makes Marty Markowitz look like a man ahead of his time.

There’s certainly room for satire in the overheated debate on bikes and bike lanes, with lots of caricature-worthy personalities on all sides, but good satire is typically not created by the establishment.  It’s why Fox News’ 1/2 Hour Comedy Hour failed even though there’s definitely an audience ready for a conservative answer to The Daily Show and why CNN’s attempt, D.L. Hughley Breaks the News, crashed and burned.  Satire is funniest when it comes from an outsider position of the powerless making fun of the powerful.  When it’s the other way around it’s not so much satire as it is bullying.

Want some good satire?  Enjoy this video brought to my attention by @Naparstek.

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One Comment
  1. December 20, 2010 4:19 pm

    Liked the video. Nice interruption to the workday grind. Thanks.

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