He even did a field piece at the Indy 500, and during what was supposed to be a serious interview with one of the racers, asked why the traffic on the track was so bad (to the racer's utter bewilderment). If David Letterman was your doctor, he would have made fun of you for being sick and then written out your prescription sarcastically.
"Well you know, folks, there is a tried and true method to find out if it's raining out.
Simply stick your hand out the window and see if it's wet."
Of course, this is pretty much the exact persona he later "played" on his late night show -- the dry humor and the pseudo dismissal of what was happening on the show as being below him were staples of his performances. So amazingly, Letterman was able to turn all of the times he didn't take his TV jobs seriously into one of the most lucrative TV jobs you could get. Not giving a shit accidentally became his trademark, which is really unfortunate for the rest of us lazy people.
Patton Oswalt and Brian Posehn Starred In A Terrible Sitcom About "Nerds"
The Celebs You Know:
Although he may be a little more famous now for being a world-class Twitter troll, Patton Oswalt is an Emmy winning stand-up comedian and was a well-known supporting actor on the sitcom The King Of Queens. Brian Posehn is a lesser known, though still successful, stand-up himself. Basically, if Patton is King of The Internet Nerds, Brian Posehn is his court wizard.
The Work You Don't:
Which makes it all the more shocking that the two of 'em starred in a pilot from 2000 called Super Nerds, which followed their adventures as comic book store employees while they ... made a mockery of the very thing they each became known for.
You can bet that if there was a size bigger than "Big Gulp" those TV execs would have made Brian Posehn hold it.
Most of the stuff I've talked about so far isn't necessarily bad, as it is just an early version of something you're already familiar with. They were required steps to get to the things we all love. Super Nerds is different. It is genuinely awful and shouldn't have been made. Imagine if The Big Bang Theory was somehow less funny, and every character was Sheldon but with more social disorders. That's Super Nerds.
Seriously, the very first joke involves making fat puns about costumed Star Wars characters. They show "Fat Vader" eating glazed donuts off his lightsaber and then play the laugh track. Super Nerds is what someone currently wiping their ass with an issue of Uncanny X-Men thinks both nerds and comedy are.
"Congratulations, you got the part! You'll be playing Princess Leia Or-Fat-A. You have no lines."
The boys are flummoxed by good looking women walking through the door (one is played by Sarah Silverman, who I hope was paid decently for this). Everything is a Wolverine or a Dungeons And Dragons joke, because the creators cannot fathom any loser actually liking these things. At one point, Brian calls the greasy owner of the store gay, and he responds by telling Brian that he should go ... rape a school? I've watched this three times, and I'm uncomfortably sure that's what he's saying. Overall, Super Nerds is hideous, lazy, and could be credibly called offensive to straight white men.
This show was made right as the idea of being a nerd began transitioning from something you called other people to seem cool, to something you called yourself for the same reason. It's like Hollywood was trying to squeeze out every last ounce of this joke by pointing a camera at two schlubby guys and telling them to say Star Trek over and over. Except the two schlubs happened to be ironically playing themselves.
Luckily for them, the show never aired, and Oswalt and Posehn got to go do totally un-nerdy things like writing comic books and making a living penning jokes about sci-fi movies.
Eat shit, Super Nerds. Sorry, I just needed to get that out there one more time.
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