Looks like CNN picked the right morning to relaunch its morning news program.
Meanwhile, over on MSNBC, Monday’s “Morning Joe” invited comedian Russell Brand onto its show, only to reveal to anyone watching MSNBC that Brand was the only person on set prepared to be on television. Seriously.
How it is that Mika Brzezkinski, Brian Schactman and Katty Kay earned money from any legitimate news organization to represent themselves as reporters and/or anchors is mind-boggling, considering how little effort they displayed in caring to learn about their guest, ask questions to spark an educational or even entertaining discussion, or try to hold a casual viewer’s attention with news on the cable news channel.
Forget for a moment that Brand is a comedian. I’ll pause why some of you wryly note that you’d already done that. Very well then.
Also try not to defend this trio of professional journalists by trying to change the conversation or the channel over to FOX News, CNN or somewhere else for a similarly vexing-in-its-trifling subject matter.
They invited Brand on TV to talk to him about his world tour, only to immediately mock his appearance, his accent, and obsess over their own non sequiturs.
This is why FX continues to be in the Russell Brand business. He may not have figured out how to win over audiences when he has complete control over the programming content, but he certainly knows how to practice the principles of serenity and courage in the face of live televised madness.
Roll the clip.
Oh, and I’d be remiss in my duties as a comedy journalist if I didn’t provide you with a link to the actual stand-up comedy tour to which Russell Brand is undertaking — and which made a stop in Chicago last week for Just For Laughs Chicago. It picks up again at the end of July, with dates across North America, Europe and Africa.