Sunday, January 15, 2012

Lazy racial humor kills amusing skits dead

I was all in on this Saturday Night Live skit lampooning Ricky Gervais' return as host of The Golden Globes. Jason Sudeikis gets Gervais' bullying I'm-a-cheeky-boy smarm and abundant self-regard just right. The spot hints at how the current hype surrounding Gervais makes it seem like telling a few pointed jokes in front of rich and famous folks makes one a mad, bad, speaking-truth-to-power man--like a cross between Shaft and  Howard Zinn. It was funny...until about 1:40 in when Jason-as-Ricky takes his act to the BET Awards and gets some caps busted in his direction.



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