Posts tagged satire
Full disclosure: author Daniel M. Kimmel is my friend, and my colleague in The Boston Online Film Critics Association. However I can honestly say that I would have loved his book Shh! It’s a Secret: a novel about Aliens, Hollywood, and the Bartender’s Guide, regardless of whether I knew him personally. Kimmel’s debut novel is brilliant satire of the film industry, which also happens to be a hilarious, heartwarming science fiction story about unexpected friendship.
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If George Carlin was still with us, he’d probably applaud Bobcat Goldthwait’s dark comedy “God Bless America,” for its scathing social commentary and its radical approach to cleaning up American culture. Not only did Carlin have distaste for idiotic attention seekers, but he challenged Americans to think critically and to hold themselves to higher standards.
Goldthwait’s America is very much like our own, where outrageous reality shows dominate the spotlight. On his fictional programs “Tuff Girls” and “American Superstar,” selfish individuals insult and humiliate one another for 15 minutes of fame. Instead of denouncing this behavior, viewers embrace it, laughing by the water cooler at the misfortune of others.
In his standup special “You are All Diseased,” Carlin joked that instead of protecting inept people, we should let natural selection weed them out, an idea that Goldthwait’s main character Frank (Joel Murray) decides to artificially accelerate.