Has the death of Harold Ramis left the world a less funny place? MSNBC's "Morning Joe" explored the issue this morning, as NBC News political director Chuck Todd led the show in a discussion of how grievously unfunny the New York Times obituary of Ramis was. Chuck Todd is an expert on what is and is not funny. Here, for devoted students of comic technique, is a transcript of Todd's remarks:
Here's MSNBC's Chris Matthews yelling at Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus over the Romney campaign's recent dabbling in birther jokes and welfare ads. Chris Matthews is kind of a blowhard moron but I'd watch anyone yell at Reince Priebus, basically.
U.S. Secretary of Education and Chief Presidential Basketball Guy Arne Duncan endorsed marriage equality on Monday morning, telling Mark Halperin on Morning Joe that "yes," he believes gay men and women should be allowed to marry. (Not each other: you know what I mean, though.)
Is Morning Joe the most offensive morning news and talk show on cable television? Seriously, it's like you can't turn it on without catching something vulgar and indecent. Just watch this video: Harold Ford is presented as an intelligent, thoughtful person with valuable and considered opinions. Children watch this show! What if my kid comes home and starts imitating these people? Maybe you want a nation of tiny Mark Halperins running around—I, for one, do not.
Ann Coulter was bleeped for 13 seconds on Tuesday's Morning Joe after calling John McCain a douchebag. Or so we thought! Because in an interview with Joy Behar tonight, Coulter explained that she actually called McCain a "dickweed." Coulter then launched into a rant bemoaning HLN's obsession with "that white trash bimbo" Casey Anthony for good measure. Balance!
The first question you probably asked yourself when you got out of bed this morning was probably, "What insightful opinions can Ann Coulter share with me today?" And now you'll never now, thanks to the oppressive "douche bags" at Morning Joe, who bleeped out about 13 seconds of Coulter's hilariously edgy political commentary:
Coffee marketers and morning-show hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski are writing a memoir. Together. Because the fact that you see them on the TV together means that you want to read about them both at the same time! If you'd like to read about them separately, pick up Brzezinski's 2009 already written memoir All Things at Once and Scarborough's 2004 "part memoir, part political treatise" Rome Wasn't Burnt in a Day. Maybe this new one will have awesome sex scenes, or something.
Mark Halperin, the always-wrong journopundit who serves as a frequent MSNBC talking head, was on Morning Joe this morning—where, naturally, he was whining about how mean the president was to the simpering DC press corps during his press conference yesterday. "Are we on the seven second delay? I wanted to characterize how I thought the president behaved," said Halperin, setting up what you knew would be one whopper of a funny joke.
This morning on Morning Joe, Chris Noth was asked about a comment that his co-star, Jim Gaffigan, made about his ego. Wait, you're telling me the man who played Mr. Big has an ego? I'm shocked.
What do you do if you're interviewing Morning Joe correspondent Willie Geist? Well, if you're Martha Stewart, you tell him exactly why Morning Joe sucks.