Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Amy Poehler gives Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan the inside scoop about Vice President Joe Biden's appearance on Parks and Recreation.
This entire 69 minute conversation with Judd Apatow for Conan O'Brien's "Serious Jibber-Jabber" web show is great. But skip ahead to about the 23 minute mark to hear them discuss whether President Obama is actually funny or if he's just learned the rhythms of comedy. Apatow recalls a "cutting" President Obama from an event back in 2008 and thinks his handlers are actually holding his sense of humor back so he doesn't come off as condescending. The times when Obama has told jokes for extended periods of time in public, such as this year's White House Correspondents and Alfred E. Smith dinners, prove that when he's given the right material, he can really kill.
FiveThirtyEight's Nate Silver braves the wrath of his nemesis Joe Scarborough to promote his new book The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail-but Some Don't. Scarborough knew better than to accept Nate Silver's bet on the election (even if it was meant to benefit the Red Cross). And now that Silver has been proven overwhelmingly correct, a deferential Scarborough wants to know how he did it.