Leno Comic Serves Up Bland, Stale Twitter Jokes

Screen shot 2009-10-30 at 9.09.49 PMYou know how people will say to you, “This is terrible. Taste it!” Well, that’s what I’m doing here with this terrible, excruciatingly banal set by comedian Jim Norton on The Jay Leno Show. Seriously? Making jokes about how tweets are boring because you don’t care what someone had for lunch? I watched this the other night, incredulous — I get that Jay Leno is geared toward “Middle America” (even though in “Middle America” they read magazines and websites and use social media — just ask my uber-wired pals in Minneapolis), but this level of Blandy-McBlanditude is really surprising. People criticize Leno a lot — often unfairly, in my view, since I’ve watched the show a few times and been pleasantly surprised by what I’ve seen — but it’s still a prime-time comedy show on NBC. It should be able to do better.

Maybe it’s not funny because it’s wrong. Norton opens with a joke about how yes he’s on Twitter, him and every 14-year-old-girl. Except anyone who is familiar with the subject knows that teens are actually not big on Twitter at all. When you actually know about your subject, the jokes tend to make more sense. What do you think? Am I being a Twitter purist/unduly harsh? For what it’s worth, I don’t even think he’s as funny as any girl.

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