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    Will Ferrell’s Bush League Show

    By Kyle | February 8, 2009

    Inside the new Bush-bashing Will Ferrell show on Broadway–in which Ferrell uses our dead troops to set up a cheap joke. More in my Sunday column.

    Topics: Broadway, Comedy, Movies | 42 Comments »

    42 Responses to “Will Ferrell’s Bush League Show”

    1. Floyd R. Turbo Says:
      February 8th, 2009 at 7:18 pm

      Great column today… spot on. Ferrell has gotten more and more annoying. Which is bad because I liked Anchorman and I liked Stranger Than Fiction. “Semi-Pro” — I didn’t make it 1/3 of the way through.

    2. kishke Says:
      February 8th, 2009 at 8:11 pm

      Most people seem to have liked Anchorman, but I thought it was mostly dumb.

    3. Jules Says:
      February 8th, 2009 at 8:39 pm

      Ferrell is a comic genius. Boo hoo, he bashed George Bush. Bush bashed the country for two terms of office and you have nothing to say about that.

      Your posts are mostly dumb, Kinko’s.

    4. Christian Toto Says:
      February 8th, 2009 at 9:11 pm

      Do we have a new Hunter Tremaine in Jules?? And who is Kinko’s?

    5. Jules Says:
      February 8th, 2009 at 9:19 pm

      Who, pray tell, is ‘we’…? The mouse in your pocket.

      Tonto, if you and the Lone Ranger actually visit the comments underneath Kyle’s link, you will see that about half of them think he is talking nonsense.

      Obviously, there are a few rednecks who dribble about how Ferrell should get a one way bus ticket to their trailer park so they can murder him for ‘dissing our troops.’ But these people are thankfully in a minority. I’m sorry but why are ‘our troops’ such heroes? They are doing a job they are paid to do. They aren’t super heroes.

    6. kishke Says:
      February 8th, 2009 at 10:33 pm

      And who is Kinko’s?

      In Jules’s dyslexic worldview, I am Kinko’s.

      And Jules, they are not “our troops” to you. You’re just a guest here.

    7. Jules Says:
      February 8th, 2009 at 11:55 pm

      Kinko’s, you should feel honoured to be Kinko’s.

      Whomever’s troops they are, they are just doing their job. If they don’t like it, they can always work at McDonald’s.

    8. Patrick. Says:
      February 9th, 2009 at 1:08 am

      Lighten up. It’s called irreverence. You can’t laugh at jabs at other social institutions and then hypocritically whine when your interest is ridiculed.

    9. Hunter Tremayne Says:
      February 9th, 2009 at 6:47 am

      “Our troops” won’t be too upset with the rave reviews for Will Farrell’s George Bush show (for which I have tickets and shall be seeing next week – anything that Bushaholic Kyle hates so much must be a laugh riot): they are far too busy bombing innocent women and children and killing allied soldiers with “friendly fire.”

    10. Jules Says:
      February 9th, 2009 at 10:18 am

      The only positive mention I’ve seen in the Post is today’s Page Six which gloats about Ferrell making fun of a New York Times reporter in the audience. They miss the point that he was in character.

      Daily News review is here –
      http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/arts/2009/02/05/2009-02-05_mission_accomplished_will_ferrell_is_stu.html

    11. kishke Says:
      February 9th, 2009 at 10:40 am

      and then hypocritically whine when your interest is ridiculed

      His point is that the Army is not anyone’s partisan “interest.” It’s national institution on which we all rely, and to which we all should be grateful, even leftist dumbasses like Ferrell.

    12. Christian Toto Says:
      February 9th, 2009 at 1:07 pm

      Is Huntie back??? Or is that a pale imitation? Even the real Hunter wouldn’t type something as absurd as what this fraud just typed.

      Bring back the real, mustache slingin’ Hunter!

      Oh, and Jules. Fire fighters get paid, too. But most folks call them heroes for running into burning buildings and bringing out barely alive folk.

    13. blackhawk12151 Says:
      February 9th, 2009 at 2:03 pm

      Hunter’s attack on the troops betrays the crippling inferiority he feels on a daily basis when comparing himself to people whose presence in this world actually matters.

    14. Hunter Tremayne Says:
      February 9th, 2009 at 2:14 pm

      The contemporary regular American soldier is as thick as a plank; as Jules said earlier, it would be better for all concerned if they all left and joined McDonalds, exchanging Friendly Fire for a friendly fryer.

    15. kishke Says:
      February 9th, 2009 at 2:28 pm

      No, it’s the actual Hunter, tiny as life, and back to making foolish proclamations from beneath his shapeless hat and behind his sparse moustache.

    16. Christian Toto Says:
      February 9th, 2009 at 2:30 pm

      Guess those UN troops bravely beating back the genociders in Darfur and other global hot spots are the true heroes to Huntie … oh, wait …

    17. blackhawk12151 Says:
      February 9th, 2009 at 3:00 pm

      Yeah Hunter…cut the BS, you don’t know any troops. They wouldn’t associate with bottom-feeding hack playwrights like you.

    18. Hunter Tremayne Says:
      February 9th, 2009 at 3:40 pm

      Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me.

      Grow up, rightards.

    19. blackhawk12151 Says:
      February 9th, 2009 at 3:45 pm

      “Grow up, rightards”

      Oh…the irony is palpable

    20. kishke Says:
      February 9th, 2009 at 3:46 pm

      Hunter now resorts to nursery rhymes to make his point. Hey, it’s an improvement over his usual output.

      And Hunter, judging by your picture, it would take a lot less than sticks and stones to break your little bones. More like a good, stiff wind.

    21. Brandon Says:
      February 9th, 2009 at 5:15 pm

      Hunter and Jules. As much as I have always attempted to respectfully dissent with your what can only be termed “trolling” your latest comments are at best asinine. I have to believe you are just trying to get a rise out of people because even the lowest of pseudo intellectual Euro-snobs couldn’t possibly be this ignorant.

    22. Hunter Tremayne Says:
      February 9th, 2009 at 5:23 pm

      Brandon, it seems to me that you are not aware of the time that US troops murdered British ones in friendly fire. Perhaps it never made Fox news. Believe me, it made news everywhere else.

    23. kyle Says:
      February 9th, 2009 at 5:28 pm

      murdered?

    24. blackhawk12151 Says:
      February 9th, 2009 at 5:33 pm

      In Hunter’s fevered mind a common – tragic, but common – friendly fire incident is a nefarious plot by US troops to kill British troops. This doesn’t make a whole lot of sense but thats the beauty of being a person like Hunter, it doesn’t have to as long as it helps to prop up you worldview.

    25. Brandon Says:
      February 9th, 2009 at 6:35 pm

      Hunter,

      The only murder that occurred ala “friendly fire” in your twisted context was when a Muslim Seargant early in the war tossed grenades into the tents of sleeping soldiers killing 6. Friendly fire is a horrible, horrible accident that happens in the heat of battle whne things get very chaotic. No logical person could call that murder and it’s insulting to everyone involved to call it that.

      You have to have better ways to get your kicks than desecrating the dead and trouncing on the honor of those willing to make sacrifices you can’t comprehend.

    26. Hunter Tremayne Says:
      February 9th, 2009 at 7:22 pm

      Brandon, that’s not what I was talking about. This is what I am talking about. You might want to switch off that moron Rush Limbaugh for ten seconds and read some real news.

      http://news.sky.com/skynews/Home/Sky-News-Archive/Article/20080641281369

    27. kishke Says:
      February 9th, 2009 at 7:51 pm

      Hunter, you fool. That was not murder, it was a regrettable accident. Open a dictionary, why don’t you?

    28. Rebecca B Says:
      February 10th, 2009 at 12:04 am

      hey I thought Hunter was banned – and here I had to read like 6 comments from him! And all self-centered and boring. Nice photo though, HT!!

      Will Farrell was ok in a Night at the Roxbury. Why he’s trying to leverage his career on BDS is a mystery.

    29. kyle Says:
      February 10th, 2009 at 12:51 am

      If Hunter didn’t exist, we would have to create him. I really appreciate the way he doesn’t feel the need to hide his beliefs. The US military is a bunch of fools (at best) and murderers. Lots of liberals think like this but few have the courage to so state.

    30. Brandon Says:
      February 10th, 2009 at 10:58 am

      Hunter,

      You will be pleased or possibly not, I don’t care either way, to know I’ve never heard Rush Limbaugh. My thoughts are my own and I do not and never will feel the need to regurgitate anyone else’s. Until you accept the people you disagree with are intelligent people who have the ability to reason without being spoon fed ideas you will remain hopelessly lost. That is another discussion for another day.

      I was familiar with that incident and that was a horrible accident just as Pat Tillman’s death, probably the most well known case of friendly fire, was a horrible accident. Hunter, surely even you can acknowledge that whatever freedoms you have, as imprefect as they are, were earned by those willing to fight and die for them. Belittling what they have done and speaking down to them just makes you look foolish and I don’t think you are, again I just think this is your way of getting your kicks. Look at many of the great men throughout history and I think you will see military service is the tie that binds them.

    31. Hunter Tremayne Says:
      February 10th, 2009 at 11:52 am

      I do try and be kind to you Brandon: goodness knows you are not a foaming-at-the-mouth right-wing caricature like Blackhawk nor a potty-mouthed pigeon-brain like Kishke; however, sometimes you go too far: seek not to gauge all hearts and minds by the immature measure of your own. The only thing that ties and binds “great men” in the miltary service is death. Lots of death. And rarely their own.

    32. kishke Says:
      February 10th, 2009 at 12:29 pm

      a potty-mouthed

      Hunter! You chide me for your own defects. Those were not my posts that were rejected for being R-rated.

    33. kishke Says:
      February 10th, 2009 at 12:33 pm

      The only thing that ties and binds “great men” in the miltary service is death.

      “The defects of great men are the consolation of the dunces.”

    34. Jules Says:
      February 10th, 2009 at 2:18 pm

      “Murdered” is as accurate a description as “friendly” when it comes to the young Brits killed by the lovable and friendly tankbuster during the first Gulf War. Their families tried and tried to get an apology from the US government – and didn’t even get a free bus ticket to Washington.

      PS – Tonto, your opinions are of little importance to me. Your unhealthy fixation with Hunter should probably be reported to the authorities, however.

    35. kishke Says:
      February 10th, 2009 at 3:09 pm

      “Murdered” is as accurate a description as “friendly”

      Not at all. “Friendly” refers to the fact that the fire emanated from friends and allies, which they were. “Murder” describes the killing of a person with malice aforethought, which this was not.

    36. Christian Toto Says:
      February 10th, 2009 at 4:06 pm

      Unhealthy fixation with Hunter?? Tonto? Well, I’ll give you some credit … with all the name calling/teasing/shout outs the name Toto gives me through the years, no one has turned the name into Tonto before you .. maybe because it’s neither clever nor interesting.

    37. Hunter Tremayne Says:
      February 10th, 2009 at 4:19 pm

      That’s probably why Jules thought it would be appropriate for you

    38. Christian Toto Says:
      February 10th, 2009 at 7:03 pm

      Can’t be as clever as you, can I? I mean, you came up with that sticks and stones line all by your lonesome …

    39. Hunter Tremayne Says:
      February 10th, 2009 at 7:53 pm

      Not I; that was a very old English nursery rhyme used to ridicule name-calling in the schoolyard. I used it aptly.

    40. blackhawk12151 Says:
      February 10th, 2009 at 8:34 pm

      Hunter was born with a debilitating childhood illness that left him without a sense of irony and unable to perceive sarcasm.

    41. kishke Says:
      February 10th, 2009 at 8:48 pm

      Not I; that was a very old English nursery rhyme used to ridicule name-calling in the schoolyard. I used it aptly.

      You certainly did. A childish formulation to express a childish thought.

    42. Jules Says:
      February 11th, 2009 at 5:24 am

      ‘…no one has turned the name into Tonto before you .. maybe because it’s neither clever nor interesting.’

      You are quite right (wing)to say that ‘Tonto’ is neither clever nor interesting. His posts demonstrate that.

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