There was some talk about the “death of irony” after 9/11, but Bush turned out to be as much a gift to comics and comedy writers as he was a burden to the world at large. Tough times don’t always coincide with waves of great comedies, but the stupidity of politics and politicians at least provides reliable fodder. But if our current political troubles bring about a new wave of satirical brilliance, the middling comedy The Campaign, which opens today, is not a part of it.(1)
It's not good that the Norman Lear TV comedy "All in the Family," which began its eight-year run a year before Championship Season was first seen, keeps coming to mind. We're not expected to see ourselves in Archie Bunker or in Coach. But we're supposed to chuckle at Archie, sneer at Coach, and feel superior to both. For all the "issues" the play and the television show brought up, neither is a challenge.