Okay. Here’s the deal: the Top Ten Comedic News Stories of 2009 are not to be confused with the Top Ten Legitimate News Stories of 2009. They are as different as night and day. Fire and frogs. Popeye’s chicken and ballet fundraisers. High rise condo balconies and balsa wood furniture. Southern Baptist 4th of July church picnics and snow tires. There were all sorts of heavy- duty stories that impacted the country and the planet. Can’t think of any right now, but trust me, there was a bunch. Rather, the Top Ten Comedic News Stories of 2009 are the accounts that provoked a slow shake of the head and a soft chuckle without having to bear a moral weight larger than Manitoba owing to the extreme unfunny nature of the death, destruction and gruesomeness inherent in the legitimate news. So here is the flip side, the stories from 09 most filled with mirthing possibilities.
10. Governor Mark Sanford (R- SC) and Senator John Ensign (R- Nev)
both found to have a bit of a problem in the monogamy department. The
GOP breathes a sigh of relief that at least they were caught with
9. Beer Summit. Resolution sounded like the set up for a joke. A
professor, a cop and a president walk into a bar. Because as we all
know, beer fixes racism.
8. Swine Flu. To keep from defaming our proud American factory pig
farms, government attempts to change name to SOIV: Swine Originated
Influenza Virus. Fails to catch on.
7. Supreme Court Justice Sonja Sotomayor. For David Souter’s
replacement, the President chooses a Catholic diabetic woman from the
South Bronx of Puerto Rican descent. Apparently that search for the
albino midget lesbian unwed Bangladeshi mother with a bum leg and
lycanthropy fell just a bit short.
6. Cash for Clunkers. Upon first hearing about the program, many
thought it was about raising the per diem for the Senate. Or a
recurring entry on a lobbyist’s expense report.
5. Nobel Peace Prize. The outcry from the right made you think the
President had been caught naked under a goat at a Junkie Hookers for
Satan Convention. Glenn Beck so outraged, it’s a miracle he didn’t
pull a Kanye West, rush the award ceremonies and yell how Dick Cheney
deserved it more.
4. Tiger Woods. Fall from Mt. Olympus is steep and loud. Maybe Nike
will give Elin an endorsement deal. Who wouldn’t want to buy the clubs
that beat Tiger? The two have given a whole new meaning to: “Just do
3. Somali Pirates. Who knew piracy was a 21st century career track?
What’s next: scurvy?
2. Sarah Palin. Alaska deserves decisive leadership, which is why she
proved she’s not a quitter by resigning. More Sarah Logic we city folk
just don’t understand. Then she writes a book that sells almost a
million copies to non- readers. Queen of the Illiterati.
1. Teabaggers and Health Care Rioters. Easy to understand why these
folks are so leery of public health care when you realize how
obviously they’ve been failed by our public education system.
San Francisco based political comic, Will Durst, writes sometimes,
this being a sterling example, and expects 2010 to provide him with
even richer grist.
Catch Durst in stand- up mode at the 17th Annual Big Fat Year End Kiss Off Comedy Show. Dec. 26- 31. 6 cities. 6 days. 7 comics. 2,347 laughs. willdurst.com or 415.820.9628.
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