Monday, April 09, 2012


MONDAY, APR 9, 2012 12:25 PM CDT

“Anchorman’s” new relevance

The movie's director discusses the long-awaited sequel and how news anchors are growing ever more like Ron Burgundy

Ron Burgundy

Late last month, Ron Burgundy appeared on the Conan O’Brien show to make a major announcement that the moviegoing audience had been waiting for: In overdramatic Ron Burgundy fashion, he told the world that “Anchorman 2” will finally be made. A few days later, I talked to Ferrell’s writing partner, Adam McKay, who co-wrote and directed “Anchorman” and who will do the same for the sequel.

McKay is one of the kings of the American comedy world, not merely producing blockbuster films, but also helping shape TV franchises like “Eastbound and Down” and creating the website Funny or Die. His career has been defined by his work on projects that weave comedy together with social and political themes.

My interview with McKay will air in full this Tuesday on my weekday AM760 morning radio show. You can click here to stream the full interview live when it airs on Tuesday, or find it archived on the show’s podcast page after it airs. Here is an edited transcript of our discussion, which includes a look at the role of politics in comedy and some specific hints from McKay about what Ron Burgundy may end up doing in the “Anchorman” sequel.

David Sirota

David Sirota is a best-selling author of the new book "Back to Our Future: How the 1980s Explain the World We Live In Now." He hosts the morning show on AM760 in Colorado. E-mail him at, follow him on Twitter @davidsirota or visit his website at More David Sirota

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