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October 02, 2006



It just means we're getting old. It's inevitable that as people get older and become more out of touch with the youth zeitgeist, they find themselves more and more asking, "Why is ____ popular? It's so stupid! I just don't get it."

It's good that you bring up SNL, because to me there is no better barometer for measuring said zeitgeist (at least, none better broadcast on a Saturday night). Most SNL watchers you ask will insist that the funniest cast was whoever was on when they (the watchers) were in college (or were college-age). Most people my age LOVE the whole early-90s Mike Myers, Dana Carvey, Phil Hartman, Rob Schneider, Adam Sandler, etc. era. People slightly older than me think the whole Eddie Murphy, Joe Piscopo, Billy Crystal era was the best. People older still, of course, love the original John Belushi, Chevy Chase, era, while those younger than me insist that the show was never funnier than with Will Farrell, Cheri Oteri, Chris Kattan, etc. (or, they will forsake SNL altogether and insist that Mad TV is where it's at). And, kids these days think that the show is funnier now than it's ever been.

My point is that once you find yourself asking a question like "Why is Dane Cook famous?", don't bother trying to figure it out, just be grateful that you have survived this world long enough to now be able to view the so-called generation gap firsthand, from both sides. Accept that you are getting older, and "out of touch". Stop pretending that you (or your generation) "owns" all the good, popular, acceptable ideas and opinions. Times and tastes change. And yes, we too change. Or, do you want to be the barrel-chested Philipino male equivalent of those horrible middle-aged women who wear flourescent halter-tops and visible thongs at the grocery store and dropping their kids off at soccer practice, insisting, "I'm still cool! I'm still hip! Look at me! Love me! Don't ever leave me!"


i'll ALWAYS be cool, focker! :P and, i dont think saying dane cook sux is showing that i dont get it or am unhip. he's just not funny. i think sarah silverman is genius. she's hot w/ the kids. patton oswalt. brian posehn. the kids love them too! sure, not as popular as that punk, dane. and, to prove my ever spouted "good looks will get you everywhere" theory. that's prob. the only reason dane cook is popular. if he looked like posehn telling those same jokes, he'd be barely on the radar. just sayin'.


I'm not (necessarily ;p) calling you uncool or unhip just because you don't "get" Dane Cook, I'm just saying that, as time goes by, if you find yourself more and more asking questions like "Why is _____ popular?", to quote Bruce McCullough (the reference to whom severely dates me as soooo 15 years ago I know), don't let it scare you, let it free you.

It's like almost our duty as people who are no longer 19 years old to not "get" certain things about new/recent popular culture.

PS. I don't really "get" him, either. I don't hate him, and I don't begrudge him his fame (though I find his popularity more...surprising than confusing, if that makes any sense), I just don't think he's very funny.

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