Rudin On Little

From NPR’s Ken Rudin:

    LITTLE DID HE KNOW: If you missed the opportunity to watch comedian Rich Little’s performance at Saturday’s White House Correspondents Association dinner, you missed an amazing and exciting show. You have no idea how well Little’s impersonations of Ronald Reagan, Jimmy Carter, Richard Nixon and Johnny Carson went over with the hundreds of journalists. Just the other day, one of them said to me, “I sure hope Rich Little does his Reagan, Carter, Nixon and Carson impressions.” As one who sat in the audience, my only regret was that I found myself wishing Little would have been even more topical, with jokes about Billy Sol Estes, Quemoy & Matsu, and Ezra Taft Benson.


    My God, it was one of the worst performances I had ever seen in my life. I know, I know, there was considerable discomfort last year during comedian Stephen Colbert’s routine, which I thought was mean-spirited and not especially funny. But as I found myself stunned listening to Little’s stale jokes on Saturday, I wondered which was worse. Could they not have gotten Joey Bishop or Norm Crosby? Even the Elving-Rudin podcast would have been funnier. Well, maybe.