Re: Bob Hope: Last of the "Elder Statesmen" of Comedy?

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Posted Byjerry4opry on July 29, 2003 at 22:10:31:

In Reply to: Re: Bob Hope: Last of the "Elder Statesmen" of Comedy? posted byGerry O. on July 29, 2003 at 05:57:36:

: Sad, but true....Benny, Burns, Berle, Gleason, Hope, Skelton and others had a "larger than life" quality about them.

: Somehow when I look at the current crop of comedians hanging out at the Friars' Club (Jerry Seinfeld, Drew Carey, Paul Reiser, etc.) they just don't have that "larger than life" quality that the "old masters" had.

: Bill O'Rielly did an interview with Jerry Lewis a few weeks ago but it wasn't ran until last night. If you saw the interview {Fox News Channel} you can tell how crass and wide the generation gap is between a Jerry Lewis and a Bill O'Rielly. O'Rielly's schtick, if that's the right word to apply to a newscaster, is being irreverent to the point of cruelty. He was asking Lewis all these questions about his health, his career, and what he thought of "today's" generation. There were a few bleeps when the interview started to veer toward Sinatra's mob ties, something O'Rielly stated was the reason he didn't like Frank, and Lewis replied with a response of "that's just bull s**t". i guess i much prefer an interviewer playing up to the subject they're talking to. I like reverence for who i consider legends but i guess O'Rielly is of the new generation and has the middle name of "cynic".

Mark Evanier also does a wonderful job writing on the great voice actors like Daws Butler, Mel Blanc, Don Messick, and others.

P.S.: Today's Hollywood or New York doesn't allow entertainers to become "larger than life" hardly anymore. The media used to be pro-celebrity and pro-America but after Vietnam and all those student protesters were given legitimacy from the news stories of maverick reporters both in print and on TV, the media for the most part seemed to jump ship and cater to the anti-war or the radical left and the ones who were patriotic were called "war mongers". Vietnam forward, the media and 90% all of Hollywood have become liberal and anti-war even when war is the only resource left. Not to drift too much into politics but "new Hollywood" as i call it is much the blame for a majority of the comedy legends not getting their respect.

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