March 31, 2015

That One Time I Watched Martha Stewart

The comedic roast of Justin Bieber may be too little too late for his career, but it's definitely the right thing to do. Can't beat 'em? Join 'em! Laugh at yourself and there's a sliver of a chance you'll earn back some respectability, albeit through the back door. One of the pioneers of this self-deprecating approach of course was William Shatner, who embraced his inner Captain Kirk- he realized that laughing along with the rest of us takes the sting out of it. It's also an excellent strategy if you've ever been the butt of a joke amongst friends. Since Shatner, David Hasselhoff has followed in his footsteps, as has Jean Claude Van Damme. Sylvester Stallone should probably do the same, and Arnie sort of does it.  

This guy was huge in '83. He's now District Manager at Denny's.
So it's a good strategy for Bieber. His original fans are now in their late 40's and today's 10 year-old girls are into something else..would that be One Direction? Frankly I haven't a clue but I've got a few suggestions for the name of the next cheesy pop act..these just roll off the tongue:

  • Instant And The Miraculous Spider
  • Silky Tambourine
  • Icicle Chaps Collaboration
  • Seven Fantastic
But I digress. During the Bieber roast, the hilight had to be Martha Stewart's bit - it was absolutely perfect, where she was actually making fun more of herself and those pristine lily white sensibilities. Surrounded by black comedians, hip hop megastars and celebrities, Stewart was given a giant golden Wonka ticket by guys like Snoop Dogg , Hannibal Buress, Kevin Hart and Shaq, where she was essentially allowed to use the N-word in a joke..and it worked. 

So, Bieber's time at the top of the charts might be over, not that I'm feeling too much sympathy for the guy as he's a mega millionaire. Today while listening to radio commentator Richard Crouse, it's been reported that George Clooney apparently made an interesting observation about stardom. He said that you often become frozen in time at the age you become a celebrity. Clooney was 34 when he was recognized as a bona fide star, so it was much easier to handle. Bieber on the other hand, was 12. 


  1. Maybe that's why I still get turned on by Betty White.

  2. Dammit Blin, talk about bait and switch. I thought that was a link to nude pics of Betty White NOW.