Tuesday, August 2, 2011

The Genius of Kilborn

Ever since Saturday I've been juggling the thankless shifts serving domestic swill to inbred hicks with enjoying the glory of Craig Kilborn. Below is a video that encapsulates everything that makes Kilborn such a national treasure.

First, his guest: Dave Grohl. Now, for a long time I resisted Dave Grohl's alleged charms. He was part of one of the worst "bands" ever in Nirvana, a group that was completely unnecessary, and stole the early 90s spotlight from more talented bands such as Rush and the J. Geils Band.1 And the Foo Fighters are nothing special. But his yeoman like drumming on Them Crooked Vultures, along side the amazing JPJ, earns him my respect.

1. seriously, how did Roll the Bones not make it to #1 on the Billboard charts, while dreck like Nevermind did? The taste of the American record buying public saddens me.

Secondly, the questions here are amazing. The first one highlights the aristocratic nature of the American monarchy (I'm sorry, Presidency) that most late night journalists are too scared to acknowledge. The second celebrates one of the great proletarian cuisines of all time, Chinese food. The third? Well, no one's perfect. The fourth again goes into territory that others are too scared to venture towards. Sure, his replacement at The Daily Show, that imperialist lapdog John Stewart, may pop up in a movie like Half Baked. But then he puts on his monkey costume and dances for his corporate overlords at Viacom. Kilborn has the guts to actually discuss marijuana like an adult, not some giggling school girl.2

2.However, his conclusion to this dialectic is wrong, the actual answer is Being For the Benefit of Mr. Kite.

This final question is a devastating stabs at the Holy Idol of American Consumerism: fame. To make clear its emptiness, forcing the mewling children in the studio audience and the dimwitted fools at home to confront their deepest preconceptions and understand how their beliefs are flawed? And to do it on CBS? Kudos, sir, Marx himself would be impressed.

Thirdly, the very concept of Five Questions turn these conceptions on their heads, by having the powerful turn to the masses (the heroes in the studio audience) for answers? And some troglodytic corporate lackey at CBS had his head so far up Rupert Murdoch's ass that he couldn't see what was going on?!

Watch, enjoy, marvel, learn.

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