Just thought I’d alert the SDMB crowd to this potential sparkfest. Increasingly loonier Ann Coulter on the same show with the increasingly grouchier George Carlin, both of whom are well-known for being outspoken.
That’s Wednesday, June 14th.
(I didn’t know whether this should go in Cafe Society or MPSIMS, but I think the postings will get so nasty, it’ll probably end up in the Pit).
Carlin is way, way too smart and quick witted to let Skeletor get the best of him. Unlike most of Coulter’s interviewers, there’s no way he’d ever be intimidated by her. He’s got way too much backbone for that.
Not to mention the fact that he was doing brutal, brilliant comedy, including improv, which will come in handy this week, while Ann was still playing with Dressy Bessy dolls and sticking crayons up her nose.
Carlin may be past it, but he’s not that past it. I think Ann’s going to get her bony ass handed to her.
Unless Leno has radically changed the format of his show since the last time I watched, they’re not going to be debating each other. They might not even be on stage at the same time: guests don’t always hang around on the couch after their bit is through. I’m hoping for a rhetorical beatdown from Carlin, but I’d be pretty surprised if it actually happens.
Don’t ya think Leno and NBC are hoping for fireworks? I’d be pretty surprised if they made a serious effort to keep the two separated on camera. As I posted above, I think the whole thing will be worked (staged/pre-planned). They’ll each get a couple of zingers in, and we’ll go to a commercial. The fun part would be if either or both decided to deviate from the gameplan…
Although I haven’t watched Leno in years, I think you’re right in the sense that guests generally don’t interact with each other when they’re both on the set at the same time; instead, they talk to Jay. Keep in mind that a comedian of Carlin’s stature won’t do a “stage” routine, he’ll sit down on the set (if he does do a stage routine, he’ll still sit down and talk to Jay). He’ll never sit still for Coulter’s particular brand of invective, and won’t let tradition interfere with his likely-scathing commentary toward Coulter. As for whether or not he’s funny…eh. I’ll settle for smart and mean. These days, he’s good at both…ever catch him on Real Time with Bill Maher? And while Coulter is rarely challenged by someone with balls, when she is she becomes much more flustered than when she is given a free rein to vent.
Sure, but while Coulter is a lunatic fascist whore, she’s not completely stupid, and is unlikely to put herself in a position where she could be publically humiliated. Even if Leno, Carlin, and NBC are all slavering for a bloody on-camera fight, Coulter herself has nothing to gain from it. My bet is Coulter will go on first, do her bit with Leno, and then leave the stage before Carlin comes on.