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» August 10, 2005
Bringing Back the Big Picture
I've been meaning to post this clip of an A. Whitney Brown "The Big Picture" segment from a 1986 Saturday Night Live for a while because:
- It's pretty funny.
- It shows in a startlingly clear contrast just how bad Dennis Miller always was as a comic.
- It makes a point about how hair plays an (if you'll pardon the phrase) overblown role in big-time success. The unfunny Miller, of course, has had several failed TV shows; A. Whitney Brown is — I believe — a writer for Air America Radio.
- It illustrates how nothing under the sun is really all that new. This piece aired almost 20 years ago, during the Iran-contra scandal, while the US was combatting the Nicaraguans who — we were told — were waiting to swarm over the borders of Texas, while we were supporting the Iranians who were supplying arms to Afghan freedom fighters/terrorists fighting the Soviets. Good times.