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November 21, 2005

Silver Tongued Man

Noy has a great line on Jesus is Magic:

Silverman is the deconstructionist as comic -- if Derrida had held court, she would have been his jester.

True enough.  I saw the movie on Friday and found it brilliant in parts, but mediocre overall.  To be fair, some of the movie's best lines were spoiled  by critics and reviewers who couldn't bear to keep the jokes to themselves, but I just didn't find the act able to sustain itself for the duration of the film.  It's well worth a few bucks and you'll definitely get some laughs, but very little of the humor reaches the heights of Pryor, Murphy, Williams, or Izzard. 

Silverman is funny, sure, but her performance is so layered with ironic winks and cool kids cues that, at a certain point, it looks like the real joke is on the audience who thinks they're in on the gag.  Since she's draped in some weird hipster cred, everyone is desperate to puzzle out her meanings and tease out her genius, but I'm not convinced that what the boosters are spending so much mental energy excavating is actually buried there.

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Ah, the inevitable backlash begins with the inevitable opening volley of all inevitable backlashes: "hipster cred." Once you're publicly tagged as a "hipster," you're out.

Posted by: antid_oto | Nov 21, 2005 4:46:31 PM

Silverman's all right, though I find it hard to reconcile her 'hipster cred' with the fact that she is married to perhaps one of the least hip people in show business (=Jimmy Kimmel).

I just can't believe there are people out there who still care about things like 'hipster cred'.

Also, a big part of Silverman's appeal is that people think she's hot.

Posted by: Dadahead | Nov 21, 2005 5:23:02 PM

Once you're publicly tagged as a "hipster," you're out.

Truer words have never been spoken. "Hipsters," I've come to believe, are semi-mythical creatures - no one identifies themselves as one, hangs out with them or can describe their salient features. They exist anecdotally, on the periphery of experience, and solely to be disdained for their hipsterness - which is odd, since the whole "too cool" concept of the hipster is intended to describe someone who does that to other people.

Posted by: Iron Lungfish | Nov 21, 2005 11:16:11 PM

The "heights-reaching humor" of...Robin Williams? Are you fucking kidding me? That furry, piece of shit hack is still doing Lorena Bobbit jokes. (Even at his coked-out prime, he still bought gags from other comics instead of writing his own).

None of these fuckers could hold a comedic candle to Bill Hicks.

Posted by: Matt_C | Nov 22, 2005 12:13:18 AM

I didn't realize she was married to Kimmel. Oy. No wonder David Cross is on Kimmel's show frequently (not that I watch the show: my Tivo pops up anything with Cross on it).

And yeah, Williams has been brilliant in a few select roles (hint: not Patch Adams), but, my God, watching his stand up and talk show appearances these days is embarrasing. Williams these days has the effect on audiences that they know they're supposed to laugh at his antics but audibly seem confused why when they do.

Posted by: aPantomimeHorse | Nov 22, 2005 12:23:05 AM

I'm one of the few people who don't find Eddie Izzard very funny. My college friends find "dressed to kill" to be one of the funniest hours of recorded video ever. I'll take Leary's "No Cure for Cancer" or Chappelle's "Killing Them Softly" anyday over Izzard.

Posted by: Alan | Nov 22, 2005 3:10:26 PM

iirc, silverman's not married to kimmel. they're dating.

Posted by: harry near indy | Nov 24, 2005 4:04:57 AM

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