Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Why is the criticism of Jay Leno always so bitter?

Read the Washington Post review and tell me who gets slammed harder, Leno or his audience: "Leno's funny, but in the safest way. He's adheres [sic] to the center of the exact middle road, so it's wrong to expect a revolution here. He has all the draw of buy-one-get-one-free smoothies. His comedy is bubble-wrap; its appeal needs no explaining. He goes with Dan Brown novels and Marriott Rewards points and repeat viewings of the cinchy CBS crime procedurals he now finds himself programmed against: Who doesn't like all of those things? And who won't watch Jay when nothing else is on, or when the nurse won't come change the channel?"

USAToday called it "a cut-rate, snooze-inducing, rehashed bore.....If you found Leno's routine amusing before, you probably found it amusing Monday night. And given his propensity for repeating jokes, you'll probably find it amusing Tuesday night as well."

You'd think that Leno had pushed the Philco Television Playhouse off the air. Or maybe everyone's just really eager to take all those jokes about Matlock viewers and recycle them as criticisms of Leno's audience. I don't know. I'm not even a Leno fan but there's a genuine personal nastiness about the commentary I don't get.

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