Sep 26

Colbert 2.0

Well, I can’t quite claim it’s an original concept but The Opposition with Jordan Klepper has debuted and I have seen it. If you were pining for The Colbert Report it’s an acceptable substitute, at least based on the premier.

Jordan seems to be pushing for a little higher energy and more paranoid style than Stephen and while he may allege that it suits the times I think it’s more a response to Comedy Central’s target demographic of stoner college students or those that wish they were.

Oh, you think that Inter Cranial Chip Implant is “fake news”? I beg to differ.

Ex-officer arrested near White House with weapons cache in car, authorities say
By Peter Hermann, Washington Post
September 25, 2017

A former Tennessee police officer who was arrested outside the White House on Sunday had a cache of weapons in his car and told authorities he came for help removing a chip he thought had been implanted in his head, according to court documents.

Several of the firearms were loaded and some were described as assault-style weapons, including an AR-15 and an AK-47, according to authorities.

A spokesman for the Memphis Police Department said the suspect, Timothy J. Bates, 37, of Collierville, Tenn., had been an officer there for 13 years before leaving in 2013. Court records show he was allowed to retire early because of medical issues.

The guns, according to the arrest affidavit, include a Bushmaster M-4 semiautomatic rifle along with 90 rounds of ammunition; an AR-47 rifle; a Norinco AK-47 rifle; a .45-caliber Glock pistol; an Intratec Tec-9 pistol with a silencer; a Rossi .357-caliber revolver and a Smith & Wesson .45-caliber handgun. Police said they also recovered a Vulcan V10 .45-caliber firearm, which they said qualifies as a fully operational machine gun.

Bates told the officer that he drove through the night from Tennessee and “came to the White House in order to speak with Adm. Mike Rogers and Gen. Jim Mattis for advice on missing paychecks and how to get the dog chip out of my head,” according to the affidavit. Navy Adm. Michael S. Rogers is director of the National Security Agency; Mattis is the secretary of defense.

The arrest affidavit says Bates told the officers that a chip had been implanted while he was on the police force in Memphis and that it was part of a $28.7 million project called “MK Ultra.”

MK Ultra is quite real.

Klepper’s great disappointment, according to him, is that Alex Jones doesn’t take him seriously.

Three years under deep cover! How serious is that? Alex Jones doesn’t think it’s serious at all (warning- this is the actual InfoWars piece Jordan excerpted in its entirety).

One thing they’re doing differently (maybe the only thing) is they’re introducing correspondents to the format. They’re a mite stereotyped and undeveloped at the moment, but there’s only the one episode to go on.

And there is an interview, just like The Daily Show. For the record the first one was Kurt Andersen. You can see it on the website under the Videos tab.

So tell me ek, what did you really think?

I thought it was funny. Not particularly innovative though.

Say what you will about Larry Wilmore’s Nightly Show (and I certainly had my problems with the format), it aspired to be something new and I think to a large extent it achieved that goal. You could argue that it was in some respects more serious and sensitive than The Colbert Report and I would agree and add at times it was screamingly funny (Cosby. I haven’t forgotten about you!). The panel part was lame and never quite worked for me because the time was too short and the writers/performers who filled it out were always going for the quick laugh, it was @midnight without the character development.

The panel was still better than Stephen’s musical guests who disrupted the whole flow of the show.

Now of course Stephen is in the Big Show (I especially liked Laura Grey’s baseball joke and Niccole Thurman’s character) and he has an hour to fill. I don’t think The Opposition is going to distract me from his opening because I can catch it when it repeats at 1:30 or 7:30 am and The Late Show has no rebroadcast.

Will The Sausage Grinder of Snark reappear? Too soon to tell. Ask me after the Playoffs or maybe the Holidays.

I’m not kidding, I’m really much busier than I used to be.

1 comment

    • BobbyK on September 27, 2017 at 1:00 am

    It’s the Alt Colbert Report.

    And it’s still unforgivable how Larry Wilmore was given the shaft.

    That makes it less enjoyable. As much as Alex Jones Hannity et al deserve the full colbert.

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