“The Final Indignity”

I didn’t watch the Comic Relief special on the Saturday before Thanksgiving, and apparently nobody else I know did either, because nobody told me about Billy Crystal’s “Jazzman” bit. People who know me know that I love outrageously bad hollywood cliches of New Orleans.. and this thing quite possibly trumps them all. I heard it today when I was listening to last week’s episode of “The Best Show on WFMU” hosted by Tom Scharpling. At one point, Tom states “How much more suffering do the people of New Orleans have to take? They’ve got this guy heaping the final indignity on them.”

Listen to the act here, backed by Scharpling’s hilarious commentary.

10 Comments so far

  1. jack (unregistered) on November 28th, 2006 @ 4:18 pm

    I am sad to say that I just wasted 10 minutes listening to that crap. BC’s monologue may not have been funny, but I did not watch the show so I don’t know what context he was working in at the moment. no matter, it was not funny. However, much worse than his speach was the crap spewing from Tom’s mouth in the background. That guy is far more annoying and offensive than BC was. what a pompous ass and waste of airtime. if only I had my 10 minutes back.

  2. Paul p (unregistered) on November 28th, 2006 @ 5:20 pm

    At least you got to the Crystal part. I turned it off after about 45 seconds. Could that guy talk any slower? I guess anybody can have a radio show. I’ll have to listen to the whole thing when I’m trying to go to sleep tonight. Next time, post the transcript. I can read alot faster than that guy can talk.

  3. Joe Kennedy (unregistered) on November 28th, 2006 @ 5:30 pm

    Seriously, Jack and Paul are right. Is there a clip without Tom’s play by play?

  4. Chris (unregistered) on November 28th, 2006 @ 9:54 pm

    the original clip may be on youtube or something. I can understand why the commentary might not be funny to people unfamiliar with the radio show.

  5. Laurie (unregistered) on November 28th, 2006 @ 10:34 pm

    I’m going try the metacafe.


  6. judyb (unregistered) on November 29th, 2006 @ 2:38 pm

    I agree. Who is this Tom guy? Very irritating individual.

    “everyone who plays clarinet is an idiot”.

  7. Brian B (unregistered) on November 29th, 2006 @ 4:07 pm

    If you’ve seen the broadcast, it was dedicated to the Gulf Coast. I’ve seen it and it was not in bad taste. They were houses in the background that looked like homes in New Orleans.

    IMO, it was adding a human element to the catastrophy. It was short story, short stage act of how one indivdual from New Orleans may have been effected. He had his bad Satchmo impression going, but in all – it was good.

  8. Heather (unregistered) on November 29th, 2006 @ 5:02 pm

    Billy Crystal is an idiot. Anyone who thinks they can impersonate someone from a time or place that they know only peripherally is an idiot.

    I am getting tired of being offended, though. Some asshole from GQ wrote one of the most ignorant cuisine reviews I have ever read about a city. He doesn’t know what a Creole is, he thinks the city is Cajun, and he complains about oysters he ordered in July.

    But then I think to myself, “this asshole writes for GQ and I would imagine most of their readers are assholes if they actually swallow that crap regularly” so it isn’t worth my time to be offended, really.

  9. JP (unregistered) on December 2nd, 2006 @ 7:35 pm

    I guess that’s why billy crystal makes millions of dollars and tom scharpling is on a high school radio station.

  10. veeb (unregistered) on December 3rd, 2006 @ 6:24 am

    “I guess that’s why billy crystal makes millions of dollars and tom scharpling is on a high school radio station.”

    Did you even think about that (or even research it)?!

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