Ridiculous comedy story bears ridiculous headline

Hey, comedy fans! How many of you were like me in wondering, "Did stand-up comedy die with George Carlin?" Oh, wait. You mean none of us, not even me, ever asked that, let alone entertained the thought for a second? Well, then, you’ll love not reading this story on MSNBC.com that’s so out-to-lunch that the folks at MSNBC had to relabel the news article as "commentary" because they read it and said, hey, um, no. The story’s headline: "Standup comedy didn’t die with Carlin." Breaking News Spoiler Alert! And the secondary headline, in case you wondered, well, tell me more, please: "Dane Cook, Chris Rock, Jon Stewart are heirs to comic’s throne." With a big picture of Dane Cook. Really? Really?! If you stick a sharp object in your eye after reading this, even then, you’ll have noticed that the story mentions Chris Rock (good choice, but) only in passing, doesn’t even mention Jon Stewart by name, and the source for putting Dane Cook in the same sentence as Carlin is none other than Jamie Masada, who always smells when a reporter is nearby and has the good sense to introduce young boys to Michael Jackson. True story. I think Carlin threw up in his mouth a little bit. Which is a neat trick, considering he’s dead. Now you probably are intrigued enough to want to read it, aren’t you? If so, click here.

Sean L. McCarthy

Editor and publisher since 2007, when he was named New York's Funniest Reporter. Former newspaper reporter at the New York Daily News, Boston Herald and smaller dailies and community papers across America. Loves comedy so much he founded this site.

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