VIDEOS OF THE DAY: Take That, Bill O'Reilly!

Hey, sketch and satire writers–

I’m guessing you’ve all seen the video burning up the Internet of Bill O’Reilly melting down on Inside Edition a few years ago.  Well, even better are these two shorts– Stephen Colbert‘s brilliantly written “defense” of him, and Barely Political‘s “unseen footage” of O’Reilly’s off-screen producer.  This is some great satirical sketch writing.  (And if you haven’t seen the original video, watch the Colbert clip– he shows the original in its entirety.)  (Also, check out the great Hardball clip as well…)

The Colbert Report: Bill O’Reilly/Inside Edition Defense

Barely Political: Bill O’Reilly’s Producer (unseen footage)

And as long as we’re talking politics, you gotta see this clip from Thursday’s Hardball, where Chris Matthews destroys right-wing talk show host Kevin James with his own petard.  (They’re discussing Bush’s Thursday morning speech to the Israeli Knesset, or Israel legislature, in which he compares Democrats today to Nazi appeasers.)

Hardball: Chris Matthews & Kevin James

(Although I have to say: the Democrats won’t shut up about how inappropriate and uncouth it was of President Bush to criticize Barack Obama, a political rival, while on foreign soil, and I really wanna say, “Really, guys?  That’s what you’re upset about?  He criticized a rival while he wasn’t standing on U.S. soil?  Do we really live in a world where you can’t talk about someone– especially if you’re saying something inordinately stupid— unless you’re standing in the same country?  In a world of globalization, supersonic jet travel, and the Internet, what does that matter?!  As if Bush would’ve been standing in Alberton, Montana, or Leesville, Louisiana, that somehow would’ve given the comments a better context?!  Really?!!”  Come on, Democrats, you can do better than that.)

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3 thoughts on “VIDEOS OF THE DAY: Take That, Bill O'Reilly!

  1. Larry Nocella

    Hey thanks for the clips! That Chris Matthews one was awesome. I never saw Matthews spank someone like that before. I’ve got a new respect for him. Bush-Cheney Death-Profiteering, Inc. hires these idiots who have no sense of history, then they lead us into the same crap. January 2009 can’t come fast enough. Hopefully humanity will survive.

  2. David A. Stevens


    I thought I was signing up for a service designed to help me learn the basics of this business in order to get a foot in the door. Instead what do I find, people in the entertainment industry using any excuse to take shots at those with a different political viewpoint. Thanks without you I might have had to go to one of the other millions of sites that specialize in this already.

    This was all set off by a local anchor somewhere making a simple mistake and accidentally dropping the F-bomb because she thought she was off the air when she wasn’t. Did the media simply ignore this to prevent causing this woman any more embarassment?, No..Did they take the opportunity to discuss how we as a society are no longer offended by a simple word?, No..We took the opportunity to reach back in the archives and pull out a decades old video of an entertainment reporter who is off the air getting angry because either the teleprompter or the people working the teleprompter were messing up. Of course it’a natural leap.

    Then of course you give us the Colbert report (which is a good show but this aint their best work) as an example of "great satirical sketch writing"…Really? I guess I can see all the work that went into that sketch. "Let’s do a sketch where we basically copy what OReilly did but twist it just enough so that Stephen can drop the F-bomb 8 or 10 times instead of just 2 and then when we get to the point where Stephen says we’ll just do it live, we’ll have him already be live. Oh yeah that’s hysterical, No one will see that coming.

    You really think that is great sketch writing?