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Thursday, October 16, 2008

I Love a Good Politician

A friend of mine sent this video. If you are in need of a good belly laugh, this will do the trick!

On August 19th 2007, an oil tanker off the coast of Australia split in two, dumping 20,000 tons of crude oil. Senator Collins, a member of the Australian Parliament, appeared on a TV news program to reassure the Australian public. This actual interview is so funny, you'd swear it was a 'Saturday Night Live' skit. ? (Or Monty Python) It just proves... Once a politician, always a politician!

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Blogger The Stiletto Mom said...

OMG. It's like an old three stooges cartoon...only in color...and there are only two of them. Hilarious.

October 17, 2008 at 4:24 PM  
Blogger labrams said...

WOW, you have got to be kidding, hard to believe this is not a bit! I bet Senator Collins "did not have sex with that women" either. Politicians

October 17, 2008 at 7:46 PM  
Blogger Gigi M. Doyle said...

Good bit (no difference between politics and comedy)... and speaking of Saturday Night Live... I can't wait to see Sarah Palin and Tina Fay on SNL tonight.

October 18, 2008 at 4:31 PM  
Blogger Jim said...


I hate to do this, that is such a funny story, but it isn't true. Snopes has this to say about it:

Even knowing nothing about the origins of this video clip purportedly showing an Australian MP's hilariously inept attempts at reassuring a news interviewer about the safety of tankers in the wake of a large oil spill, attentive viewers should be able to discern that it's probably not on the level. The rhythm and flow of the conversation and camera work is too neat and crisp — unlike typical free-form interviews, the subjects don't interrupt or talk over each other, and the director always seems to know exactly when to cut from one speaker to the other, signs that the event was scripted (or, at the very least, heavily edited).

Indeed, this "interview" appears very much like a Saturday Night Live skit because it is in fact a comedy sketch from the early 1990s, the parts of the politician and interviewer being played by Australian television comedy duo John Clarke and Brian Dawe as they discuss an oil spill that occurred in 1991 when the Greek tanker Kirki lost its bow off the coast of Western Australia

Clarke and Dawe's stock in trade is presenting satirical takes on current events, often in the form of mock interviews in which Clarke assumes the role of a beleaguered politician (or other prominent public figure) attempting to explain away some blunder while being grilled by interviewer Dawe.

October 18, 2008 at 4:55 PM  
Blogger beth said...

Jim: Say it isn't so! I should have known, but the real life Presidential Campaign has really blurred the lines of waht is real and what is staged!

October 18, 2008 at 5:45 PM  
Blogger Jim said...

Beth: That's so true. Each debate might as well have been scripted. Neither candidate added anything new after the first one, which, in itself, was just a repetition of their campaign slogans.

October 18, 2008 at 8:07 PM  
Blogger Julie!! said...

I would have to agree with you The stiletto mom.

October 19, 2008 at 9:55 PM  
Blogger Lisa Eshelman said...

I think Abbott and Costello would have new material with this one.

October 20, 2008 at 1:15 PM  

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