It has been noted that the only people in the world who weren’t happy to see Obama become president were the comedians and satirists, whose material was written for them by George W. Bush, and who now will have to work much harder to earn their living. (On a related note, see this post at normblog. How everyone will secretly miss George W.)
This was proven first hand when I went to watch Bill Bailey at the John Gielgud theatre in the West End, on Bailey’s penultimate night after a long tour called Tinselworm.
I’m a fan of Bailey and saw him on his previous tour. I thus knew to expect phrases from Bush to appear throughout the night, and for general comparisons between the US and the UK to appear. What was noticeable, though, is that the war in Iraq also came up, some 6 years after it happened.
I’ll give Bailey the benefit of the doubt on that one, since the gig coincided with the end of Bush’s presidency, and the war in Iraq was obviously one of the big ticket items during his tenure. But Bailey’s material was part of a general theme found within comedy over the last few years which still takes Iraq as fair game. Even if it’s still a relevant topic to cover, you’d hope that comedians could come up with something more current to talk about rather than re-hash the stuff about missing weapons of mass destruction and how stupid / ignorant / American George W. Bush is.
Let’s hope, with Bush gone, that it’s British comedy, and not just American policy, that improves for the better.