The Daily Show's Wyatt Cenac interpretive dances his way to national consensus on debt crisis

Like many people, I spent the last several weeks transfixed (with a just a dusting of horror and disgust) by the self-imposed and unnecessary debt crisis in Washington, D.C.

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And now with economic anxiety hitting us with a new wave of woe for kicks, leave it to The Daily Show to provide us with some much needed comic relief. And by comic relief, I mean the most successful and outrageously avant-garde comedy bit attempted since the Monty Python boys were racing around a British forest making up oddball words for knights to say.

It begins with a fairly standard roundtable discussion, “The Analysis Mob,” between Jon Stewart, Jason Jones, Samantha Bee, and Wyatt Cenac, clearly a satire on the omnipresent discussions that go down on cable channels at any given hour (and I should know as there’s lots of MSNBC blaring in the background of the TVGA compound these days).

Jason Jones begins with the exaggeration that the debt crisis shenanigans are akin to monkeys throwing their poo at one another. Bee then goes a step further in delivering some kind of monster of a nonsense word that she defines as German for the feeling of despair you get watching a favorite grandparent strangle him or herself with a garden hose you purchased for a 50th wedding anniversary.

Solid if ordinary for Daily Show fare thus far. But then… genius. Wyatt Cenac explains that he can’t convey his feelings about the debt crisis in mere words. It can only be done through the art form of interpretive dance, he says, as he removes his suit to reveal the artsy one-piece that he’s wearing beneath.

He moves in front a screen interposing clips of congressional debates with what looks like vintage footage from Hitchcock, Cronenberg, and other filmic visual aids as terribly strange/wonderful violins bemoan our fates and Cenac rather gracefully performs some astonishingly bizarre movements that are devastatingly funny while somehow precisely reflecting my own feelings about the debt crisis and what it means for our country.

Thank you, Jon Stewart, Wyatt Cenac, and company for keeping us laughing. We’re going to need a lot more of same in the days ahead. 

By Eric - TV Geek Army "Revered Leader"

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