There was a time in this country when political satire was merely part and parcel of the way that the voting public viewed those who they voted into office.
In the late 1980’s and early 1990’s, Dana Carvey portrayed then President George H.W. Bush on Saturday Night Live.
It was brilliant, it was funny and most of all, the real President Bush laughed along with the rest of America.
With his passing yesterday, the country is in mourning for not just a President, but a politician who understood and appreciated the value of political satire.
These days, depending on where you stand on the political spectrum, political satire is either a way to let off the stress one feels about those currently in the corridors of power or it is deeply offensive.
As I stated in yesterday’s post about the late President Bush, I was too young back then to have a reaction to the decisions he made while in office. But I look back now and if nothing else, I appreciate that he understood that political satire was an important aspect of the American political scene.
It would be nice if the current White House resident understood that.
Wayne’s World turns 25 on February 14th.
Wow, I feel old.
Based off the Saturday Night Live skit of the same name, star and co-writer Mike Myers was able to turn a three-minute sketch into one of the funniest movies from the early 1990’s.
I think one of the qualities that makes this movie so appealing is that Wayne and Garth are so ordinary. They’re just two guys filming a TV show in a suburban basement. That’s it. It’s so simple, but it works. While some of the references are a bit dated, these characters are not. Anyone could do the same thing today with a video camera and a youtube account. If I could put a finger on what makes this movie funny, I would. I can’t explain it, but it is hilarious, absolutely brilliant and the screenplay has some of the funniest lines I’ve ever heard.
I don’t know about anyone else, but I think that the scene where they are singing Bohemian Rhapsody is in the car just so perfect.
If you have not seen this movie, I recommend that you see it immediately. I promise that you will laugh. It’s just that good.
Happy Friday and to all my readers, have a good weekend.
Back in the day, comedian Dana Carvey played a character called Church Lady on Saturday Night Live. On of her trademark lines was “Isn’t that special?”.
In Kentucky, in response to the Supreme Court’s ruling in favor of marriages between same sex couples, Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis refused to issue marriage licenses to any couple, gay or straight. When a federal judge ruled that Ms. Davis has to issue licenses, she refused. She is now in jail and will only be let out once she agrees to hand out marriage licenses without prejudice.
Ms. Davis claims that her religious beliefs dictate that marriage between same sex couples are wrong. She is entitled to her opinion and her beliefs, as we all are.
However, there are facts about her life that are laughable in context of her refusal to issue the marriage licenses.
- She has been married four times.
- Two of her children were born out of wedlock.
- She is part of a denomination of Christianity called the Apostolic Church, where the Bible is taken literally.
- I’m no bible scholar and I have never claimed to be, but doesn’t the bible say “love thy neighbor as thyself?”.
- I also seem to remember something in the bible about a woman having a child outside of marriage. It’s not a good thing.
What I find interesting is that she would refuse to give marriage licenses to same sex couples who have been together for many years, who are loyal and loving to their partner as any straight person. But yet, she has been married four times and two of her children were born outside of marriage.
Isn’t that special?
Wayne’s World, Wayne’s World, Party Time, Excellent……
In 1988, via Saturday Night Live, we were introduced to Wayne Campbell (Mike Myers) and Garth Algar (Dana Carvey), two guys who produced a local late night cable access show from Wayne’s basement.
Four years later, Wayne’s World, the movie premiered. Reprising and stretching their characters, Wayne and Garth are still producing their show in Wayne’s basement via the local access cable network. Wayne has been dating Cassandra (Tia Carrere) the front woman of an emerging rock band. When Cassandra’s band is offered a record contract, by Benjamin Oliver (Rob Lowe), Wayne begins to suspect that he has ulterior motives.
This movie is incredibly funny and quotable. There is a reason why Wayne’s World is one of the best SNL skits in the show’s 30+ years on the air. I recommend this movie