I'm going to muse a bit on Clint Eastwood's speech at the Republican National Convention.
When I first watched it (You can watch it here (ABC News via YouTube, so pretty much non-partisan) it wasn't bad a speech until he got to the infamous chair (and there were a couple of decent slams even during that bit)...
What's pissing me off is that every one is slamming Eastwood.
Roger Ebert's blog sums it up pretty well.
Age had nothing to do it. Mr. Eastwood is damn talented. This presentation was a horror show of poor planning and ad-lib horror.
Frankly, this was pretty much how my one attempt at stand-up comedy went. I was unprepared, made some changes on the fly, and I delivered a steaming turd to my audience.
Mr. Eastwood does have to take responsibility for this for one reason - He didn't polish or practice enough and/or he listened to people backstage shouting numbers at him to use for presentation points.
As a performer, he had a bad day, and it shows. I think even he realizes that he could have done a hell of a lot better.
The 'Invisible Man' thing can work. Watch any of Bob Newhart's phone conversations. Look at any decent one-man show. Heck, look at Stephen Colbert doing what Clint should have done.
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