Saturday, May 30, 2009

The Cardinal Returned! (Again)

As all of you know, the Cardinal returned this week, marking his first appearance since unemployment. Y'all know I loves me some Cardinal, and I hope that this time he says here for good. He's had more farewell tours than Celine Dion, bejeez.

Cardinal Egan, 5/27/09

21 comments:

Al said...

The Cardinal could return once every hour, and it would still not be enough to save Imus in The Morning's nosedive...

good lord, listeners are tuning out in droves, it seems...

The show has gone from the state of the art, huge studio at MSNBC, to currently being televised by way of "secruity cams"..

Anonymous said...

There are many elements to the program that are being underused, IMHO, the only time there seems to be any 'life' is when comedy is introduced. Rob had a killer adlib on Friday that embodied what the show used to be...FUNNY. Imus was in semi-Hargus mode, imploring Karith to "Embrace.........JEEZUS!" and he said he was praying to him for her to come clean and tell the truth. Rob said, 'While you're at it, can you pray for her to be funny?'


BTW, how does one go about posting Non-Anonymously? I feel like a lurker.

CG said...

If you want to post with a name, all you do is go to the "Choose Identity" column, and then select the "Name/URL" option. It should then let you type in whatever name you wish.

As for the security cams, maybe Imus could claim that they're actually filming a remote at the local 7/11..and then, to drum up viewers, he could award a prize to whomever first catches a cast member shoplifting some Slim Jims

Cleve said...

Thank you CG. I feel so much better now!~ being out in the open, living free, the way I was born!

Naked except for a diaper.


Cleve

Mike said...

Did anyone tune in last Monday? They ran a "Best of Imus" from last July. Sounded like not even a year ago they were just having a lot more fun.

I'll give them the benefit of the doubt right now, and chalk up what seems like a recent downturn in the show to their relocation across the street, and perhaps, sadly, the I-Man's health issues being a downer for all.

But either way, I think we could do with a little less time devoted to the worn out Imus/Charles sniping.

CG said...

Even Bo disappointed me today - he was pretty flat and serious. (Though, to be fair, the tragic death of an NYPD officer doesn't exactly create Party Time radio.) When Bo shows up without taking his crazy pills, something is wrong.

I think the show would be fine if they just took several elements and reworked them. A great example would be the one you mentioned, Mike: Imus and Charles, who are historically hysterical together, but have been wearing thin on some listeners. Maybe they could rework some of their "fighting." Don't fight about the same subjects over and over again (ie. Charles' hair); fight about something newer and funnier than a tapping foot. I'm sure there are enough bizarre quirks between them to provide funny fresh material for a week. Or maybe drop the fighting and emphasize the "elderly gay couple" dynamic, which I always found hilarious. (That probably says more about me than I wish to be known...;) I'm sure that there's a good comedic solution out there.

But hey, what do I know? I'm just rambling on here during a lull at work. :)

CG said...

On an unrelated note, accidentally eating your hearing aid is pretty hott

Queenpat said...

I know of five long time fans ( and I mean 30 plus years of listening) that have pretty much given up on Imus because the "show sucks" and not in any way good. Imus,trying to hang on to ratings and to the stations who are dropping the program even on a barter basis (this means stations run the show for free and load it with whatever local ads they can cram in)isn't helping with his mind elsewhere. Overall, the new "look" is that of a station running out of money...

The show needs to have Imus stay out of the comedian's work, simple as that. Karith, Tony and Rob are so afraid of saying anything that Imus will hit them on the head over that they seldom say ANYTHING. The McCord-Imus arguing is old now, it was great when it was real and honest. Now it is contrived. The whole program become boring and now is simply on for background in the hope, rapidly fading, that Rob or Bernie or Lou will say something funny.

Mike said...

Yes, Pat, contrived is the exact word for it. It used to be a rare treat when McCord would break away from his sober, measured tones into high-pitched squeaking (see: Whittaker Chambers; Erection for election.

Mike said...

Oh and the Yuk-off was such a wasted opportunity. It's like Imus was determined to make it fail, rather than just letting the three of them take some creative license (without fear of, yes, getting hit over the head!)

The flow of the show is so much more boring too without at least one of the three comedians sitting at the table to jump in with a witty remark. You can hear Lou and Bernie's eyes roll when Imus says, "Of course I want to know what the futures are doing NOW, Charles, not fifteen minutes ago!"

dee said...

I enjoyed the show this morning because Bernie was hosting - I say leave him as host, and bring back the comedians and let them do their thing.

Thanks for the cardinal link, CG.

Juan Morecow said...

Pat, you summed up the Imus program situation perfectly.

If you did not count me as one of the 5 long time Imus fans, then please list me as "Client Number 6." ;-)

I wonder if the reason the comedians are confined to the Green Room until it's time for their bit is due to lack of space in the studio. Or is it that their Commander In Chief has exiled them there?

The Imus/McCord sniping gives me the impression that it's being used as time filler until something better/funnier comes along. Give me a good old heartfelt Whitaker Chambers rant any time.

BTW, I'm spending the next couple weeks up here on the 45th parallel where we get RFD TV on the satellite and I'm watching a cattle auction as I type this. Just one more cow, baby.

Just,

Juan Morecow

Queenpat said...

You're right, dee. Bernie was a great host, kept the program lively, upbeat and fun! It was a rather palpable dip in the energy level the next day. Love the "green room" analogy... more like locked up in the "tool room", ready to be signed out as needed as we used to say about Boeing management. It pretty much killed the chance for one of the comics to say anything off the cuff. I get more laughs from twitter than the Imus program.

keyboard.jockey said...

I admit, I have been waiting for Tony, Karith and Rob to start exhibiting Stockholm Syndrome :)

Are there snacks in the greenroom or just 24/7 Radio Water Boarding LOL!

Summer Schedule

http://youhavetobethistalltogoonthisride.blogspot.com/2009/06/imus-in-morning-home-on-range.html

Henry said...

Great blog--glad I found it! Hope you don't mind if I offer some long-winded observations.

Dunno, but the show is definitely stuck in a rut, and was much funnier even a month or two ago. I now often think they seriously dislike each other.

I say shake things up and let Tony and Karith go--I don't see how the situation with them can improve regardless of who's at fault. I liked Tony's Paul Harvey (and Black Paul Harvey), but they both seem too afraid now to even be themselves or take chances. And Imus has visibly lost any respect for Karith. Every day seems like amateur hour, and is painful to listen to.

Rob's impersonations are still good, Warner is steady, but as far as Bernie hosting he's still too right of center for my tastes.

I'd love to see them come back after the break with a different lineup, and just add more interviews. That's what Imus is best at. Plus, having fewer people will reduce the arguing and personal insults ;)

Regardless, I'll continue to be a loyal listener.

Just my $.02

Queenpat said...

Welcome Henry! Your comments are good. However, we all know what will happen if Imus FIRES two comedians.(and we aren't talking about the longtimer). So, he won't. Extending the interviews may take up time, but will dilute the main reason we still listen, for signs of a yuk or two. If Tony and Karith are replaced, and Imus wants to stay with the "blend", then surely I can recommend a couple of funny people of color: Ian Salmon and Wanda Sykes. ( wanda may be out, tho, she has her own show)

Mike said...

Ugh, there's something I like about Karith and Tony though. Maybe it's the whole being out of their element thing with some crazy old cowboy. It's kinda endearing.

Although Wanda Sykes would be hysterical (as annoyed as I was by her WH Correspondents' Dinner speech). Anyone watch Curb Your Enthusiasm? I could hear it now: "F*** you, Imus!"

keyboard.jockey said...

I have been watching the show on RFD TV I am so glad that Imus was able to finally see what we see...he finally started making jokes about the nanny cam. Anyone know where is Fred? He hasn't been on lately.

Henry said...

Hi Queenpat--good point, we certainly don't want to see the "trucks pulling up outside" if he gets rid of some staff, but I'm just not seeing much in the way of comedy with the current situation. The "blend" can work--it started out working for sure.

I think the interviews can be funny, although many haven't been lately. I think the guests now "have their guard up" due to the uncomfortable internal dynamics of the show, but I'm just speculating. Hopefully they'll figure it out, and I'll certainly keep listening!

CG said...

Welcome, Henry! :)

We will have to wait and see about the comedic situation...good discussion.

Anonymous said...

The show is back...maybe not as good as it was before the firing but at least we dont have to listen to that no talent token black Karith anymore has she been fired?...God I hope so what a no talent hack cant believe the I-Man put up with her that long.