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‘Mark Twain Prize for American Humor’ to Jay Leno is offensive? Really?

Christian Toto, Breitbart.com

Jay Leno will receive the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor in the fall, a selection that one major film site dubbed “offensive.” …

JayLenoIndiewire says the prize has gone to the “right” people before. Does that mean Tina Fey and Ellen DeGeneres, two comics with thin track records compared to Leno’s singular achievement? Let’s see either survive–and thrive–in the most competitive environment in all of television, the late night landscape.

The problem is Leno’s “average Joe” persona, IndieWire explains. Translation: flyover country couldn’t stop giggling along with him. … [W]hile Letterman has been Skyping it in for the last few years, growing crankier and more partisan every night, Leno never showed a hint of rust even during his final nights on the air.

To Indiewire, Leno lost the “edge” he showed in the 1980s and never got it back. Wanna talk edgy? How about being a late night comic willing to hold the President accountable while all of your peers are still telling jokes about the former Commander in Chief? Leno spoke Truth. To. Power. during the first few years of the Obama administration. Now, it’s safe to do the same given the myriad blunders currently sinking President Obama’s poll numbers. Leno never got credit for it. Frankly, that’s offensive.


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