In the second to last week before the midterm elections, the crazy continues to escalate. We were still feeling the aftermath of Bill O'Reilly's comments on The View, which not only caused Whoopi Goldberg and Joy Behar to desert their own show, but also indirectly got Juan Williams fired for NPR. Meanwhile, Christine O'Donnell had her own set of questionable debate moments. But the wackiest political figure of the week had to be Jimmy "The Rent Is Too Damn High" McMillan. McMillan came out of nowhere, upstaging the usually reliable Carl Paladino at the New York Gubernatorial debate. Once you hear McMillan's words coming from mouth of the old man from Up, they really become meaningful. Though Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert were both off this week in preparation from their big trip to D.C., both men made time for key media appearances to promote the Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear. Colbert appeared on The View where he showed solidarity for Papa Bear Bill O'Reilly by walking off the set in disgust. And Jon Stewart went on Larry King where he spent the first part of his interview mocking CNN, but then went on to talk a bit about what to expect at the rally. In his own spin on Oprah-style gifting, King donated a Port-o-Potty to the cause.
Jon Stewart also popped-up this week to host the pre-taped "Night of Too Many Stars" show to benefit autism education. From Stephen Colbert and Steve Carell's belated tribute to Captain Sully Sullenberger to Tina Fey's swimsuit calendar, there were plenty of great comedy moments on the show. But the funniest clip of the night belonged to the unlikely combination of Chris Rock, Tracy Morgan and Paul Simon, singing "Scarborough Fair." Zach Galifianakis is the undisputed king of the awkward interview. He made his name with the "Between Two Ferns" series, in which he interviews people more famous than himself and makes them uncomfortable. Now that he's is a famous movie star himself, he can expect to find himself in more and more situations like this. Finally, my contribution to the viral video world this week was this video, which combines some of my favorite Tea Party characters with the new Broadway show Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson. It turns out this whole populism thing has been around for hundreds of years and there's not really anything too original about the Tea Party. More comedy videos at: http://www.gotchamediablog.com/
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