Wednesday, October 03, 2012

One Downsmanship

On Monday's edition of the spoof news show, The Daily Show on the Comedy Channel, also known as "Jon Stewart," they did a brilliant send-up of the way presidential campaigns work to downplay expectations for their own candidate's performance.

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The skit, mainly performed by Aasif Mandvi and Wyatt Cenac, plays on a classic kind of sketch, in which characters engage in competitive "one downsmanship."  It is comedy gold.

Probably the textbook example of this kind of sketch is the "Four Yorkshiremen" sketch that originated on British television and is here performed by the Monty Python troupe:


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