Fox News Readies ‘Daily Show’ Ripoff Starring Laura Ingraham — We’re Laughing Already

The tipster said, “The writers and producers should be embarassed to show this one to [Fox News Channel CEO Roger Ailes].”

TVNewser is reporting scuttlebutt that the Fox News Channel is prepping a satiric news show to compete with Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show, with Jon Stewart.” According to the TV news blog on the Media Bistro website, the host of the show is radio talk show host and professional Clinton-hater, Laura Ingraham:

An anonymous tipster says Ingraham’s pilot is known as “Watch This Right Now.” The tipster calls it “an absolutely terrible rip off of Daily Show” including a “music and video montage” and “mouth replacement of known news figures.” (Huh?) “They want to keep it a secret so they hired all freelance tech people,” the tipster adds. “The writers and producers should be embarassed to show this one to Roger.”

If I were compelled to come up with a one-word description of Ingraham, the word would be “humorless.” In all the years she has been in the public eye, I can’t think of a single funny thing she has said. Does she think she’s funny? Maybe. Here is how Ingraham describes an exchange from her radio show that she remembers as being “hysterical,” in which she punked an anti-war activist who hadn’t read up on Ingraham’s pro-Bush, pro-war stance:

One of the most hysterical exchanges I’ve had is with Maya Jones, who represents an anti-war group called Not In Our Name. I tried to debate her, and she said, “You really should tell people who are coming on if you’re not going to agree with them. I came on to promote the anti-war march, and I only have a few more minutes left.” She finally hung up on us.

OMG! LOL! Can you stand it?? Those liberals, huh? Can’t live with ’em, can’t shoot ’em.

But seriously, to be a conservative means being born missing a funny bone, a handicap that renders them unable to perceive irony. Besides, as defenders of the status quo, it is the role of the rightwing to be the targets of satire. When they try to turn it around and take aim at the liberal establishment, they invevitably start taking potshots at minority groups or women, opening them up to charges of racism, homophobia and paternalism. As comedy goes, they might get away with potshots at the unfortunate — if only it were funny.

Think about it: The most successful conservative comedian these days is, of course, Rush Limbaugh. But Limbaugh’s humor, such as it is, never makes even his most ardent fans laugh, it makes them smirk.

Apparently someone at Fox News believes Laura Ingraham is funnier than Limbaugh — as funny, in fact, as Jon Stewart and his team of Emmy Award-winning writers. I have my doubts. On her current radio show, she once ladled on sound effects from “Ace Ventura, Pet Detective” to provide a humorous edge. Hilarous! If only Jim Carrey were popular in France, he would be the Jerry Lewis of our day.

Time will only tell whether Laura Ingraham is our next Jon Stewart — or just another Tucker Carlson flaming out in slo-mo on cable news.


  • IQless in SC
    November 1, 2009 - 7:05 pm | Permalink

    I like Laura and Ann, and I hope the show does well. If it doesn’t maybe it will give cnn & msnbc a chance to catch up.

  • November 3, 2009 - 5:29 am | Permalink

    The show failed in 2006 after one or two episodes.

  • dug
    January 17, 2013 - 10:46 pm | Permalink

    smug liberals…as narrow minded as any ‘right wing southern baptists”
    they’re full of hate and intolerance just like those they accuse. so sick of the left wing ranting about right and wrong. fucking thought control.

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