Happened to be up late last night, and caught a bit the rebroadcast of ‘Night of Too Many Stars’ on Comedy Central. Now, on top of not being able to help liking a bunch of comedians getting together to help kids with autism, there was one particular bit from Jim Gaffigan that I thought was particularly brilliant. Sure, he goes on a bit too long for a set about fast food, but I think it’s all intentional for that last minute of super-sharp insightfulness:
[UPDATE: Looks like comedy central has taken down the clip. Sorry! Luckily, I was able to find a similar bit on youtube, about 6:20 into this clip]
[UPDATE 2: Replacement clip also taken down at the request of his legal representatives. Even sorrier! You’ll have to trust me, or try to catch the bit live/on tv/on one of his albums.]
“I’m tired of people acting like they’re better than McDonald’s. You may have never set foot in McDonald’s, but you have your own McDonalds. Maybe instead of buying a Big Mac, you read US Weekly. That’s McDonald’s. It’s just served up a little different. Maybe your McDonald’s is telling yourself that Starbucks frappucino is not a milkshake. Or maybe you watch Glee. It’s all McDonald’s.”
Say whatever you want, we all do things we know are bad for us, things we know we shouldn’t do, even things we say we’re not going to do. People aren’t rational creatures most of the time, especially when it comes to momentary, seemingly harmless satisfaction. It’s hard to think big picture when the pleasures of now await.