[Guest-post by UMBC’s Kavan Peterson]
Following-up on Bill’s post “Age Bashing McCain“, The New York Times explores how “codger jokes” have become a mainstay of late-night-comedy in contrast to taboos over gender and race jokes:
“Mr. Leno and his counterparts have been merciless with Mr. McCain, peppering their monologues with digs about dementia, pills, prostates and Miracle Ears. In a nightly schtick, David Letterman compares Mr. McCain to ‘the old guy in the barbershop,’ ‘a mall-walker,’ ‘a Wal-Mart greeter’ and more. Conan O’Brien said recently, ‘After John McCain swept yesterday’s primaries, he purposely stole a line Barack Obama’s been using: I’m fired up and ready to go. When Obama heard this, he stole a line McCain’s been using: I’m old and not sure where I am.’”
Hat-tip to Ronni Bennett for dissecting this story.