I think Gordon is writing a book. In fact, I hope he is. I would buy it. More, I would read it. Despite what you will read in this post, he is a big favorite of this site.
I think this because in recent months, he has fallen back on one of the least engaging segment-burn techniques the Musers haul out from time to time: baiting George Dunham. Not finding fresh stuff upon which to turn his talents, but instead digging up sex stories unworthy of his observational talents and torturing George.
For quite some time, the baiting nearly stopped. Lately, it has returned.
I mention this today because I experienced a personal record this morning, punching out at 5:45 a.m. at "free bleeders" talk. This wasn't strictly a Gordon-baiting-George segment, since George brought it up in reference to texts Gordon had sent him over the weekend which he hadn't read but which he invited Gordon to elaborate on first thing this fine Monday. Error.
In fact, this column is about George's complicity in this punch-out fodder.
I was startled to see that this column was from June 2010.
The redhead is new.
Here it is:
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I'm not the only one who reaches for the dial when Gordon baits George. I hear from the very Sweetest of the Clean that they join me in finding Gordon's near-constant baiting of George tiresome and unamusing. It usually takes the form of attributing to George racist-sexist-antigay-stupid off-air statements that he did not make or positions that he does not hold and that, in fact, no rational person would. Its stale; it's overfrequent; and, unlike some repeated Ticket gags, not funny. Alas, Gordon, in most of his ventures a very great favorite of My Ticket Confession, has not sought Your Plainsman's advice on this topic, so the baiting goes on.
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Here's an example. April 9. I wrote it down, although the following quotes are inexact. Gordon is talking about a jewelry heist by a gang of Hispanic individuals.
GORDON: "George thought the guys were probably caught when they were found in a nearby park taking a siesta with big sombreros pulled down over their faces."
GEORGE: "I never said that."
There are two things to notice about this (and the same analysis could be made of almost every single other instance of baiting). One obvious, one less obvious.
First: We'll put aside the fact that it's Gordon that is making the offensive racial stereotype references. The problem is that it isn't amusing. It isn't witty. It isn't clever. It isn't even aurally interesting. It is just a lie told about George at the expense of Mexicans. It's dumb. And -- how about this? -- it brings the story he is actually telling to a complete stop. So -- not quality broadcasting.
Second: George reacts. He does so every time. He does it almost the same way every time. That is, he denies what is obviously false. Sometimes he switches it up and says "That's what you say," or in some other way feebly attempts to attribute the slander to Gordon. Whatever he says -- he rises to the bait and hits it.
Now, perhaps I'm overreacting here. Perhaps The P1 Nation finds the George-baiting to be can't-miss radio. For those of you who, like me, find it to be show-killing filler, you will be pleased to know that I have hit upon the solution to this metastasizing anti-comedy.
I came to understand that in ranting against Gordon I was attacking the part of the problem least likely to yield to my subtle and informed critique. I now see that the proper solution is not to attempt to affect the supply (that is, Gordon, the incorrigible provider of aggravation) but rather the demand (George, its hapless consumer).
Here's how you stop it:
George: Lay out.
When Gordon claims that you have said or believe some stupid thing, just sit there. Let the bait sink past you, straight to the bottom, while Gordon sits on the showgram shoreline, stalk of alfalfa sticking out of his mouth, waiting for you to chomp down on the lure. Stop the dull game by swimming away. Not one word. If he persists -- not one word. Let Gordon's flop sweat fill the studio.
Comedians who don't get a reaction to a joke cycle it out of their routine. Time for this one to suffer that fate. You'll thank me. The Sweet Clean Nation will thank you.
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