Monday, July 02, 2007

The funniest thing EVER

I have been waiting to find this skit for as long as people have been pirating video online, and it's finally here.

If, like me, you were a political nerd in the early '90s at the same time that "Saturday Night Live" was in its Carvey-Hartman-Rock-Sweeney-Hooks-Farley prime, there is simply nothing as funny as their skit based on "The McLaughlin Group," led by Dana Carvey's over-the-top but still dead-on McLaughlin.

It is simultaneously a brilliant parody and also a devastating satire of everything that's wrong and ridiculous about American punditry.

Some of my favorite elements:

-Asking the panelists to judge something "on a scale of 1 to 14, with one being the lowest degree of likelihood and 14 being absolute metaphysical certitude." The answer? 6.5

-McLaughlin's evolving nicknames for Morton Kondracke as the show proceeds: "Mor-Kon," "Mor-Kon-Town," "Mor-Kon-Tine," "Mor-Kon-Town USA," and finally "Mor-teeny-tiny-table-top"

-McLaughlin asks "what number am I thinking of?" -- hilarious in and of itself -- and then when Eleanor Clift asks "It is between 1 and 100?" he replies "Don't skirt the issue!" That makes me lose it every time. F*cking brilliant.

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