Sunday, November 7, 2010

CNN: David Carr and Rachel Sklar Talk Jon Stewart and Keith Olbermann

Two of my most reliable sources for media coverage on Twitter went on CNN's Reliable Sources yesterday to talk about the aftermath of the Rally to Restore Sanity and Keith Olbermann's mini-suspension at MSNBC.




Top 5 Funniest: Jon Stewart, Conan O'Brien, Alan Partridge and more

I spent the first few days of this week recovering from the Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear, along with about 200,000 other people, including Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert. The two hosts got off to a slow start but quickly had to get their act together for their live election night coverage. The post-rally coverage mainly consisted of people in the media venting about how the main target of the rally was the media (or in the case of Fox News, grasping at straws to make it seem evil). The backlash culminated with Bill Maher's final "New Rule" on Friday night, calling out the rally for failing to truly stand up for the sanity of the Left over the insanity of the Right (especially in light of what happened on election night). In the end, I think the rally achieved what it intended to achieve, its message neatly summed up by Jon Stewart's closing speech, neatly repackaged in auto-tune form below.





In the final week leading up to Conan O'Brien's big return to television, we saw the host show up for the first time in a long time on actual TV and give us more hints as to who his first guest will be. And of course we got sneak peek at a four minute version of what Conan might look like when he streamed "Show Zero" on the internet Monday night.





Also returning to TV/the internet this week was Steve Coogan's classic character Alan Partridge. I can't think of a more perfectly awkward clip than this one to re-introduce the talk radio host to the world.





Saturday Night Live was off this week, but instead we got to see another reunion of the ladies of SNL in prime time. Aside from a couple of gems (Jane Lynch as your Mom on Facebook, Kristen Wiig as Christine O'Donnell, Governor David Paterson with Fred Armisen) this was one of the funniest sketches of the season so far. I can't say that I've ever watched a Real Housewives reunion show, but I still thought this was hilarious.





And now, because we all miss Mad Men so much, Don Draper says "What" for a minute and a half.