Stupid Is As Stupid Wins
July 23, 2005 4:39 PM   Subscribe

Stupidest. Awards. Show. Ever. The results are in for the 2005 World Stupidity Awards, hosted by Daily Show Guy Lewis Black and presented as part of the Just-for-Laughs Comedy Festival, and Host Country Canada was the upset winner of "Dumbest Government", beating out the U.S., Iran, North Korea and the whole damn United Nations. All the nominees are here, but don't bother voting, because the awards have been awarded, and that would be stupid.
posted by wendell (25 comments total)

 
Poppycock. There's no way Canada can beat the US in that category.
posted by clevershark at 5:04 PM on July 23, 2005


clevershark, you have no idea.
posted by mcwetboy at 5:06 PM on July 23, 2005


can I just say -- I find Lewis Black funny not at all, and unfunny in that painfully trying-too-hard way.
posted by dreamsign at 5:18 PM on July 23, 2005


Having the Gomery commission as a reason to award this makes no sense... first, because only people in this province give a sh*t about it, and we're right smack in the middle of vacation season (literally, it started last weekend and it ends next weekend). So the people who will be at the show are most likely to be mostly American tourists, who probably don't even know for sure that "Canada" isn't an American city, and people from other parts of Canada who have no idea what the commission is about.

This is starting to look just as well thought by the Comedy Fest's planning committee as Thursday's fake bomb alert. No seriously, the Festival's chief organizer felt it would be a good larf to have a fake bomb alert during one of the indoor shows on Thursday. That's the sort of massive brain power the festival is dealing with...
posted by clevershark at 5:19 PM on July 23, 2005


I don't think I've heard the word "poppycock" before, and I just had to comment how much I liked it.
posted by ori at 5:35 PM on July 23, 2005


Poppycock.

And Poppycock, from the same people who make Fiddle Faddle.

And clevershark, they did give THEMSELVES the award for the "Stupidest Award Show", over the Oscars, Grammys, Golden Globes and Daytime Emmys.
posted by wendell at 5:55 PM on July 23, 2005


And if you get a kick out of poppycock, you'll love cockamamie.
posted by wendell at 5:57 PM on July 23, 2005


Mann Coulter is the "Stupidest Man of the Year!"
posted by ericb at 6:20 PM on July 23, 2005


The award had to have something to do with hosting it in Montreal. I can think of a number of issues that the Canadian government has fumbled miserably but the Gomery enquiry is not really the clincher. It looks like they selected Canada to cater to the Quebecois humour. After all, French-Canadians were probably the highest in attendance at the awards show.
posted by purephase at 6:25 PM on July 23, 2005


"Hotel heiress Paris Hilton won in two categories. She was named Stupidist Woman of the Year" - [emphasis added] - hmmm, seems stupidity is contagious.
posted by birdsquared at 6:35 PM on July 23, 2005


This is one of those moments that make me...sniff...proud to be a Canadian. That's all I can say. Thank you.
posted by Turtles all the way down at 6:36 PM on July 23, 2005


Wow, it was decided from Internet voting so the Canadian upset is that much more astonishing.
posted by 31d1 at 6:38 PM on July 23, 2005


Well, how many MeFites knew about the voting beforehand? (I learned about it 8 hours after the ceremony)
posted by wendell at 6:44 PM on July 23, 2005


Clevershark, you might not realize that the Gomery inquiry is playing out west as yet another reason why the Liberals are always wrong, always bad, always dangerous, all the time, no exception no discussion. As if losing 200,000 jobs in 1980 to Trudeau's National Energy Program idiocy wasn't bad enough....
posted by watsondog at 6:54 PM on July 23, 2005


As a loyal American, I have to say, we wuz robbed. Big time.
posted by fungible at 6:55 PM on July 23, 2005


watsondog: This is no time to engage in negativity. Let's just rejoice in our victory, no matter how much against our nature that is.
posted by Turtles all the way down at 6:57 PM on July 23, 2005


watsondog -- well, if you guys are so angry you'll associate yourselves as a block with Harper and the Conservatives, you must be even more upset than anyone can imagine...
posted by clevershark at 7:02 PM on July 23, 2005


I like it when someone in California knows things about the city I live in that I don't know.

Things I don't want to know either because the 'Juste pour rire' festival isn't exactly my cup of tea. And I feel sorry for the people who live in the housing project downtown near where the festival takes place during two weeks, every night until late.
posted by kika at 7:07 PM on July 23, 2005


What the hell is the "Gomery inquery" all about? What does it have to do with being 'stupid'? It all seems very archane to me.
posted by delmoi at 7:23 PM on July 23, 2005


i love lewis black and i find the canadian government to be overbearing (from what i read).
posted by brandz at 7:29 PM on July 23, 2005


yet another reason why the Liberals are always wrong, always bad, always dangerous, all the time, no exception no discussion.

Christ, you sound like an American.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 8:09 PM on July 23, 2005


Delmoi asked:

What the hell is the "Gomery inquery" all about?

Nothing too shocking. malfeasance, corruption, dishonesty and some of my tax dollars pissed down a hole. If you really want to know, here's a link to the "official" website: http://www.gomery.ca/en/index.asp
posted by login at 9:32 PM on July 23, 2005


So what's the acronym suggesting?

Main Organization Revealing Obvious Nitwits Inc.

Hmmmm. Of course EBay's Google ad offers plenty:

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posted by hank at 9:55 PM on July 23, 2005


watsondog -- well, if you guys are so angry you'll associate yourselves as a block with Harper and the Conservatives, you must be even more upset than anyone can imagine...

The scope of Western alienation amazes me. I moved to Edmonton from Ontario for a couple of years and was advised several times while I was there not to mention where I was from.
posted by purtek at 7:42 PM on July 24, 2005


To paraphrase Triumph the Insult Dog:

"Making fun of "Just for Laughs" is like booing at the Special Olympics." Same goes for the Canadian government.
posted by tighttrousers at 6:40 AM on July 26, 2005


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