Getting jobs because of your name is easy.
Comedy is hard.
Smell the flopsweat:
Well, I gave my talk at St. Lawrence University last night. And, I should say that I don’t think I’ve ever had a colder audience. I’ve spoken to scores of college audiences now, including those with vastly more liberal reputations, but this was the iciest reception I’ve ever had. Quite a few students were clearly sent as class assignments (which is always bad). But it seemed like part of their assignment was to be hostile. I have a bad tendency to tell if an audience is listening by trying to make them laugh. And I’m usually very hard on myself about this sort of thing and I usually know when my material or delivery is off. But this was really amazing. Self-deprecating humor, Bush-bashing humor, humor itself had almost no effect (and anti-liberal humor produced glares and clenched teeth), including all sorts of stand-bys I’ve used for years to positive effect even with hardcore lefty audiences (I used to be part of a road show that at time featured folks like Ralph Nader, the Indigo Girls et al, so I know from lefty campus audiences). I had a great time with the campus Republicans and some faculty before and after, but I’ll tell ya, the longest month I ever spent was the hour I spent talking to kids from SLU.
Actually you have to give credit to Jonah for admitting this. Most of the posters at the Corner usually come back from their college talks pointing out how they totally kicked ass (I’m talking about you, Cliff May). I’ve seen Jonah on TV and I think he’s pretty darn funny…and not in an unitentional way. Maybe they just don’t watch The Simpson’s at St. Lawrence….