by Rick Betz
I’ve decided to turn the tables on comedians who make jokes and one liners at the expense of Vice Presidents. Vice Presidents have a difficult job trying to make their days seem important while waiting for the chance to be at the top of the pyramid. On the surface, this list making exercise may seem easy but hold your punch lines. The selections have to be entertaining since VPs also provide entertainment to the public and the comedy circle. More than that, they have to appear as though they can take on the responsibilities of President if called upon to do so.
Here are my selections:
1. Will Farrell-If he can’t be serious, he does a good job looking serious when he needs to be. He can say stuff like, “I have many leather-bound books and my apartment smells of rich mahogany.” Besides, the government needs more Cow Bell. If you can be an Anchorman, you can be a Vice President.
2. Lewis Black-He can point out all of exasperation, frustrations and irritations associated with the government and the tax code. He would be our voice for reason. One of his best lines, “What does the word “meteorologist” mean in English? It means “liar.”
3. Chris Rock-He would keep it real and bring as much pain as possible to the government to force them to get things done. Some of his best one liners, “I live in a neighborhood so bad that you can get shot while getting shot.” Or “We were so poor when we went to bed my daddy unplugged the clocks.”
4. Louis C.K.-Louis would be perfect for saying that outrageous statement that would take the heat off the President when he needed it. One of his best one-liners, “The meal is not over when I’m full, the meal is over when I hate myself.”
5. Ron White-All together now, “You can’t fix stupid.” I can see Ron White sitting behind the President during the State of the Union message. I wouldn’t be able to listen to a word the President would say. I would be looking at Ron White to see if he’d snuck in a bottle of Scotch. One of his best lines, “If life has given you lemons, then make lemonade and then try to find someone whose life has given them Vodka, and then have a party.”
6. Ellen DeGeneres-If she can handle hosting an awards show just after 9/11, she can handle being Vice President. One of her best lines, “I’m a Godmother. That’s a great thing to be, a Godmother. She calls me God for short, that’s cute, I taught her that.”
7. Steve Martin-You get double for your money with this one. He is a fantastic banjo player who just produced an excellent CD with Edie Brickell, titled “Love Has Come For You”. He is a terrific comedian and actor. If all of that doesn’t work, he could always bring out the old reliable “arrow through the head” routine. One of his many one liners, “Boy, those French, they have a different word for everything!”
8. Jim Breuer-He is an on-the-edge-of-your-seat story-teller. If you don’t believe me, search out his Pizza Man Story. He is also another Saturday Night Live alumnus and a Jersey guy, which score points on my rating scale.
That’s my list. You put these together with the other list (Eight People Who Should Have Been President) and you got something that could work for America. Some people say this is an exercise in futility. I prefer to look at these lists as what should have been and what might be. We can only hope. Frankly, I’m tired of amateur comedians taking up room in the executive offices, I want professionals in there.
If you have a suggestion, feel free to add your selection to the list.