Five Unfunny Funny People
I heard a radio piece about comedians of various kinds and in the course of it realized that some of the most celebrated don't strike me as funny at all. My opinion only of course.
Don Rickles. A pathetic hack whose act has existed on hype since day one ("He insulted Sinatra!"). He's not very bright and his insults are witless and the bathos he uses at the end of his show--I'm just kidding folks, God I love ya!--is stomach-turning.
Dave Barry. Bland, obvious, with no real sense of people or everyday lives. A very, very lucky guy.
Sacha Baron Cohen. An annoying, juvenile narcissist who will likely get punched out one of these days. The emperor has no clothes.
Garrison Keillor. Maybe it's because I once heard him pontificate about The Great Gatsby and realized that this man can't read English. Woebegone had a certain predictable charm for awhile but the later stuff would be rejected by the Grand Ole Opry comedians.
Jay Leno. When he first came on the national scene he took sharp aim at our foibles and delusions. But fame and riches turned him into a joke juke box. Plus he's the single worst interviewer on TV. It's during his give and take with guests that you realize there's no there there, a totally incurious man.
How about you? Anybody funny you think is unfunny?