I already knew Keith was a geek — every time he makes a Monty Python reference, a dead parrot gets its wings — and hence a hero of mine. But tonight he made what may be his geekiest reference yet. No, it wasn’t about Doctor Who, though I eagerly await that night, but the retelling of a hilarious line of dialogue from the 1980s British sitcom The Young Ones.
Oddly enough, it was not a nod to the fact that one of the Young Ones characters was named Rick, which allowed another character to make constant reference to the “silent P” it surely started with. Because in the first 15 minutes of his broadcast tonight, Olbermann deployed every other pun, twist, allusion, insinuation, and other form of wordplay he could to spin out of terms related to the male sexual organ, and use and operation thereof, to hurl as much ridicule as possible on the “teabaggers” who, um, mounted some halfhearted anti-tax protests today.
Noting that there was a “vas deferens” between the size of liberal anti-war protests of a few years ago and right-wing anti-tax protests of today? Declaring that “you can’t swallow that, it’s pure phallus-y” about some bit of winger idiocy? Awesome.
Maybe Keith is feeling sorry for comedian Glenn Beck, and wanted to show him how it’s done.