Kristen Wiig did this Peyton Manning "impression" on Jimmy Fallon the other night. She's done these character interviews before where she's doing an impression that's just off, much more incorrect than right. She knows a little bit about the person but the schtick is she's partially wrong, she almost gets caught being wrong, and then she gets out of being wrong by saying more wrong stuff. It's a schtick a lot of people like, which is why she's doing Peyton after having already done Michael Jordan and Khaleesi from Game of Thrones.
I don't like this stuff. Actually, I absolutely can't stand it. I'm not saying I want her to be Frank Caliendo and do accurate impression after accurate impression until we can't stand it anymore. I'm also not saying that I don't think Kristen Wiig is funny. I think she's really funny. This bit makes me lose it:
It's a funny bit because it's just so absurd. I love absurdist comedy. It's still fun when sketches have a point or are making commentary, but I love me a good old bit of nonsense. That's why Dr. Steve Brule is my guy.
There's a huge difference between an absurdist sort of anti-humor comedy and this anti-sports anti-humor comedy, though. I mean anti-humor to include alternative comedy in general, because they're pretty similar--I just mean anything where the punchline is either purposefully wrong or simply a mundane truth but it's funny because of the delivery or how unexpectedly mundane it is. Norm Macdonald, who I love, does it sometimes. Most hipster-comedians do it all the time. It's that whole "oh my gosh do you know how awkward I am" or "so I was on Buzzfeed the other day" sort of clapping-and-agreeing-instead-of-actually-laughing stuff. Ugh, complete garbage. I don't mean to head down that path, that's an entirely different complaint.
Anyway, what I hate is anti-sports comedy. I know the point with Kristen Wiig's sketch is doing a character flagrantly incorrect, but it also involves "sports are kind of dumb, right?" It's like when any big game is on and people on Twitter or Facebook are like "we all agree the Super Bowl is just about Beyoncé, right?" and "yay sports team score a kick point bucket run lol!" I just don't get what makes people think that's funny or even the right thing to do. Like most fun people, I like and care about sports. Why is that the one thing that people care about that apathetic hipsters get to be so righteous against? Does being such an invested online social justice warrior who doesn't do shit for causes in real life really require you to actively disrespect sports? Do you really think it's cool to act like you don't know the rules to games that make many billions of dollars a year worldwide? I'm mad just thinking about it. Even Harry Potter played sports, hipsters, so just shut up already. No one cares how alternative you are so until whatever the hell it is that you're interested in lasts for all of history and brings the WORLD together every 4 years, why don't you give sports a little respect. In the meantime you can go work on making your "comedy" actually funny.
Funny--show 'em what I'm talking about, Dr. Brule!
Also, you can be funny making fun of individual players. It's way different than being purposefully wrong about sports at large. What am I talking about? Eli Manning faces. Always funny.