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(Washington Post)   Dave Barry's month-by-month review of the year known as 2013, with lines like "Speaking of pathologically narcissistic sex weasels" and a denunciation of kale before even talking about January's events   (washingtonpost.com) divider line 63
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2013-12-29 07:26:14 AM
Dave Barry used to be funny, but like all good libertarian comedians, they eventually devolve into curmudgeons wanting kids to get off their lawn.

//Hoping Drew Carey doesn't follow that path.
 
2013-12-29 07:42:22 AM

Ed Willy: Dave Barry used to be funny, but like all good libertarian comedians, they eventually devolve into curmudgeons wanting kids to get off their lawn.

//Hoping Drew Carey doesn't follow that path.


Barry's a libertarian?
 
2013-12-29 07:46:22 AM
He swears he is not making this up.
 
2013-12-29 07:56:47 AM
It was good but not his best.  Too much repeating of the deficit farce.
 
2013-12-29 08:01:55 AM

Ed Willy: Dave Barry used to be funny, but like all good libertarian comedians, they eventually devolve into curmudgeons wanting kids to get off their lawn.

//Hoping Drew Carey doesn't follow that path.


I think that's less about him being a libertarian (not sure if that's true) and more because he's 66 years old.
 
2013-12-29 08:09:56 AM
Another "Dave Barry used to be funny but now he's obsessed with government spending now I'll just go watch some Colbert" thread
 
2013-12-29 08:25:58 AM
i made it to march
 
2013-12-29 08:26:24 AM

Animatronik: Another "Dave Barry used to be funny but now he's obsessed with government spending now I'll just go watch some Colbert" thread


I dunno, I think people who are obsessed with government spending are hilarious. "Tax cuts for the wealthy will make everyone have more money!" never ceases to crack me up.
 
2013-12-29 08:34:40 AM
The Madd Mann:
I think that's less about him being a libertarian (not sure if that's true) and more because he's 66 years old.

Holy crap I'm old.
 
2013-12-29 08:38:33 AM

NickelP: i made it to march


It's the Fark Comments syndrome. Spend enough time here and you can't read anything longer than two sentences. See what I mean? You stopped looking at this post two sentences ago.
 
2013-12-29 08:40:55 AM

Ed Willy: Dave Barry used to be funny, but like all good libertarian comedians, they eventually devolve into curmudgeons wanting kids to get off their lawn.


Barry strikes me more as establishment conservative than libertarian. And in fairness, he's one of very few people that manage to be funny and conservative at the same time. (The other of course is PJ "Republican Party Animal" O'Rourke.)

Anyhoo, despite being borderline-socialist by American standards, I thought that was pretty funny.
 
2013-12-29 08:51:13 AM

Zap_Rowsdower: The Madd Mann:
I think that's less about him being a libertarian (not sure if that's true) and more because he's 66 years old.

Holy crap I'm old.


Me, too. This one was mostly meh, which is par for the course for the last several years.

This one, way down in the column, elicited a chuckle -   Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, in a move that raises eyebrows, officiates at a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a meth lab.

And this one, more sad than funny, is probably true - ...Washington, a city that - despite having no industries and a workforce consisting almost entirely of former student council presidents...
 
2013-12-29 08:51:35 AM

Animatronik: Another "Dave Barry used to be funny but now he's obsessed with government spending now I'll just go watch some Colbert" thread


Maybe I'm alone on this, but I've never found him particularly funny. That's not to put him down, mind you. His humor just doesn't appeal to me.
 
2013-12-29 08:59:52 AM
Oh, it's supposed to be FUNNY. I was confused there for a while.

Um... ha ha I guess.
 
2013-12-29 09:04:19 AM
I LOL'd at Amazon's new delivery service, the Nowitzer.

Dunno if he's not as funny as he was 30 years ago or if age made it harder for me to be amused, but he just doesn't tickle my funny bone like he used to.
 
2013-12-29 09:04:42 AM
I read it every year.  Not his best effort.  I did like the Breaking Bad line.
 
2013-12-29 09:10:31 AM
Haterz gonna hate.

I laughed, and I give credit to anyone that can find humor in the disaster that was 2013.
 
2013-12-29 09:11:03 AM
That was funny. Unfortunately for the Farklibs he is a humorist that doesn't solely attack conservatives, so no humor for them. As I was reading I was rinning to myself knowing there would be many butthurt comments.

The student council president line was funny, and way too true.
 
2013-12-29 09:11:25 AM

Snotnose: I LOL'd at Amazon's new delivery service, the Nowitzer.

Dunno if he's not as funny as he was 30 years ago or if age made it harder for me to be amused, but he just doesn't tickle my funny bone like he used to.


I think with the leaps and bounds we've made in Internet comedy thanks to individuals like Lore Sjoberg, Seanbaby, and Yotam Perel, Dave does seem less funnier. Then again that's like saying the Marx Brothers are less funny because of the likes of Key & Peele, but STILL...
 
2013-12-29 09:11:48 AM

phenn: Animatronik: Another "Dave Barry used to be funny but now he's obsessed with government spending now I'll just go watch some Colbert" thread

Maybe I'm alone on this, but I've never found him particularly funny. That's not to put him down, mind you. His humor just doesn't appeal to me.


I don't think he changed all that much, the audience changed. I always thought he was pretty funny but sometimes more silly than funny.
 
2013-12-29 09:16:43 AM
Dave Barry?!

What's next? Rich Little with his impressions?
 
2013-12-29 09:20:25 AM
I don't think Dave Barry was rarely laugh out loud funny, at least not to me. It's always struck me as more of a light read that's just amusing and fun. Maybe I should demand more drama in my life.
 
2013-12-29 09:25:02 AM

NickelP: i made it to march


Then you missed    [April] ... tensions on the Korean peninsula mount still further as South Korea is awakened at 3 a.m. to discover that its northern border is blocked by a burning bag of dog excrement the size of a soccer stadium.

Surely you like poop jokes.
 
2013-12-29 09:31:12 AM
If only we could go back to starting wars to pad the pockets of military contractors. Those were the days...

Isn't it funny how georgy never really seemed to be in charge? It always seemed like the country was being led by Cheney, Rumsfeld and good ole turd blossom. georgy was always vacationing at his fake ranch.

It's good to have someone in the White House who belongs there.
 
2013-12-29 09:33:12 AM

rjakobi: individuals like Lore Sjoberg


Lore really flew under the radar for most people, but for its time Brunching Shuttlecocks was damn funny.  It's still funny, but in the late 90s/early 2000s it was just the right mix of satire and cynicism without being bitter.  And becoming too jaded and bitter is what hurts Barry and O'Rourke; they spend more time complaining than poking fun.  George Carlin had that problem in his last few years, and you saw it occasionally in his material like the cigar rant.

Animatronik: I don't think he changed all that much, the audience changed.


You can never be sure if comedians change or if it's just age and success letting them care less about being honest about who they are.  Dennis Miller hasn't changed, but now that he's had success and isn't trying to please as many people as possible, he feels much freer to be more openly conservative.

Gallagher, on the other hand, has clearly been suffering from something the last decade or so.  Maybe it's just a desperate need to be relevant again, but every time his name comes up it's because he said something really WTF-worthy.
 
2013-12-29 09:39:55 AM
hitlersbrain:
It's good to have someone in the White House who belongs there.

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!

Good God, that was funnier than anything in the Dave Barry piece. Listening to Obama defend the ACA clusterfark or the NSA clusterfark or the Benghazi clusterfark is cringeworthy.  He's the "Dog Ate My Homework President". 

The only reason left to be on Team Obama at this point is Stockholm Syndrome.
 
2013-12-29 09:45:18 AM
Narcissistic sex weasels would be a good name for band.

/someone had to.
 
2013-12-29 09:47:14 AM

phamwaa: NickelP: i made it to march

It's the Fark Comments syndrome. Spend enough time here and you can't read anything longer than two sentences. See what I mean? You stopped looking at this post two sentences ago.


TL;DR
 
2013-12-29 09:50:22 AM
the last two or three years have been mediocre, but i actually thought this year's was really funny.  i think it has a lot to do with exactly what events in the news he is able to make fun of.  certain news stories are just easier to make jokes about.  i thought his jokes about lance armstrong and rob ford were pretty good.  the ones about jeff bezos and the nsa scandal, not so much.  but in general i liked it.
 
2013-12-29 09:51:50 AM

UNC_Samurai: George Carlin had that problem in his last few years, and you saw it occasionally in his material like the cigar rant.


We had a comedy radio station here in the KC area, and I was struck by how very little stand-up ages well.  Bill Cosby bits that had me rolling on the floor when I was 10 get a mild chuckle from me now.  George Carlin is just cringe-worthy, and makes me wonder how he got so over-rated.  Bob Newhart, Redd Fox and Flip Wilson also just didn't seem that funny.

Hopefully twenty years from now Mitch Hedburg and Eugene Merman will still be funny.  Also, hopefully, twenty years from now Jeff Dunham (that puppet guy) will be adrift on an ice floe in the Arctic and we will all agree to never speak of him again.
 
2013-12-29 09:55:25 AM
Sounds like Mr. Barry needs a good bowl of STFU kale soup!

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2013-12-29 10:09:42 AM

DanInKansas: hitlersbrain:
It's good to have someone in the White House who belongs there.

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!

Good God, that was funnier than anything in the Dave Barry piece. Listening to Obama defend the ACA clusterfark or the NSA clusterfark or the Benghazi clusterfark is cringeworthy.  He's the "Dog Ate My Homework President". 

The only reason left to be on Team Obama at this point is Stockholm Syndrome.


Benghazi? Really?

Lemme guess: Tea Party; Global Warming denier; Honestly really not a racist. Hopefully just a sad troll.

Unga Bunga... Oogah Boogah...

/not sure I can talk down any further than that.
 
2013-12-29 10:12:11 AM
This is the second anti-kale rant I've seen this week. What's wrong with kale? I like kale!
 
2013-12-29 10:20:18 AM
He's a terrific public speaker.  Gave the keynote address at a professional conference and he brought the house down,
 
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2013-12-29 10:26:36 AM
DanInKansas : Bill Cosby bits that had me rolling on the floor when I was 10 get a mild chuckle from me now. George Carlin is just cringe-worthy, and makes me wonder how he got so over-rated. Bob Newhart, Redd Fox and Flip Wilson also just didn't seem that funny.

A lot of that has to do with novelty. Cosby and Carlin described a raw side (albeit in a fairly family-friendly way, in the case of Cosby) of Americana that had remained something of a hushed secret in the post-WWII years - Namely, that the likes of Donna Reed or My Three Sons didn't count as documentaries. Today, compared with pretty much every comedian out there making their whole schtick centered around its shock-value, Carlin may as well have done nothing more than read the evening news to us.


As for Dave Barry... Definitely jumped the shark, and I can't help but think the same effect I just described applies. I used to read his year-end reviews and have to take breaks to catch my breath from laughing so hard. Now, we have the Daily Show doing the same thing on... well, on a daily basis. By end of year, we've heard it all. In the case of TFA, rather than just laughing at some of his absurdities, I found myself subconsciously fact checking them: "Yup, that happened; that too; nope, not that one - wait, does he mean that as a drug joke or a gay joke? Oh, that kinda happened..."
 
2013-12-29 10:34:17 AM
Nothing happened on October 8?
 
2013-12-29 10:48:17 AM

DanInKansas: UNC_Samurai: George Carlin had that problem in his last few years, and you saw it occasionally in his material like the cigar rant.

We had a comedy radio station here in the KC area, and I was struck by how very little stand-up ages well.  Bill Cosby bits that had me rolling on the floor when I was 10 get a mild chuckle from me now.  George Carlin is just cringe-worthy, and makes me wonder how he got so over-rated.  Bob Newhart, Redd Fox and Flip Wilson also just didn't seem that funny.

Hopefully twenty years from now Mitch Hedburg and Eugene Merman will still be funny.  Also, hopefully, twenty years from now Jeff Dunham (that puppet guy) will be adrift on an ice floe in the Arctic and we will all agree to never speak of him again.


You know what? THERE is a guy who has definitely changed. I'll admit, from about 04-08 I really liked Jeff Dunham (years ago I caught an early routine with a puppet duck that was pretty funny). I still like the interaction he can produce with Peanut and Jose. But the terrorist skeleton and the redneck were the beginning of the end for his schtick. Then I saw the first special after his divorce and damn, that dude wasn't funny anymore, he was just an asshole.
 
2013-12-29 11:06:59 AM
That actually got funnier the further I got into it.  Either that or I lost sufficient brain mass to think it was.
 
2013-12-29 11:29:03 AM
Yeah, that was a good read.  Good way to kick off a Sunday morning. Thanks subby.
 
2013-12-29 11:33:00 AM
This year was so bad that twerking wasn't even the stupidest dance craze. That would be the "Harlem Shake," which is not so much a dance as a mass nervous-system disorder, and which makes the "Gangnam Style" dance we mocked in 2012 look like "Swan Lake."

Yep, that's fully within "get off my lawn" territory.
 
2013-12-29 11:35:20 AM
hitlersbrain= just a sad troll.


/FTFY
 
2013-12-29 11:52:23 AM

Ed Willy: Dave Barry used to be funny,


Since farking "when" exactly? I have never found the man amusing.
 
2013-12-29 11:52:58 AM

hitlersbrain: If only we could go back to starting wars to pad the pockets of military contractors. Those were the days...

Isn't it funny how georgy never really seemed to be in charge? It always seemed like the country was being led by Cheney, Rumsfeld and good ole turd blossom. georgy was always vacationing at his fake ranch.

It's good to have someone in the White House who belongs there.


You are insane.
 
2013-12-29 12:01:40 PM
I remember when he used to be funny and articulate.  I couldn't finish that mess.
 
2013-12-29 12:03:14 PM
hitlersbrain:
/not sure I can talk down any further than that.


 The comforting fiction that anyone who disagrees with you must be a bad and stupid person.  I saw a lot of that when I lived in Berkeley and San Francisco.
 
2013-12-29 12:05:00 PM
Sounds like a great name for a band.
 
2013-12-29 12:15:43 PM

DanInKansas: We had a comedy radio station here in the KC area, and I was struck by how very little stand-up ages well. Bill Cosby bits that had me rolling on the floor when I was 10 get a mild chuckle from me now. George Carlin is just cringe-worthy, and makes me wonder how he got so over-rated. Bob Newhart, Redd Fox and Flip Wilson also just didn't seem that funny.


How much of that is familiarity though? There's a limit to the number of times you can see the same bit. Part of comedy is the surprise value.
 
2013-12-29 12:46:56 PM
I actually chuckled at:

As the president's popularity slides in the polls, House Speaker John Boehner, sensing a tactical opening for the Republicans, calls a press conference to point out that he is exactly the same color as a Creamsicle.

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I mean, just look at him.
 
2013-12-29 12:48:33 PM

MylesHeartVodak: I remember when he used to be funny and articulate.  I couldn't finish that mess.


Back when the republicans were in charge of the mass chaos?  Not so funny when the dems have a big hand in it now?

Never ceases to amaze me how some folks' politics can take a normal human and turn them into a humorless Francis.
 
2013-12-29 12:49:32 PM
Dave Barry's year-end review used to be hilarious. Now it just reads like Jay Leno's year-end monologue, if he did one. Lame and tired.
 
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