Clint Eastwood seems to have slightly overshadowed Mitt Romney’s big night at the GOP 2012 Presidential Convention. Eastwood, legendary actor and Oscar winning film director, basically performed a one man comedy show with an ‘invisible’ President Barack OBama sitting next to him. Eastwood directed his jokes at an empty chair and ripped into Obama about all kinds of things, like not closing Gitmo or Guantanmo Bay Prison. The surreal comedy act, though longer, reminded one a bit of Joe Biden’s recent foray into comedy. Biden, addressing a mostly black audience, talked about Republican fiscal policy and made a joke about putting them ‘back into chains’.
Biden’s pathetic comedic instincts might jibe with Eastwood’s own less than stellar attempts at good natured ribbing and joking – ala political style. Clint Eastwood is a Hollywood legend. He’s starred in countless dramas, thrillers, action movies and yes, comedies. In, “Any Which Way You Can” or “Bronco Billy”, Eastwood made audiences roar with laughter. Tonight at the Republican Presidential Convention in Tampa, Florida, Eastwood tossed the script and made a valiant go at comedy improv. Even the most seasoned stand-up comedian would probably never do this, unless perhaps they were testing some new material at a small club. The venue Eastwood picked for his little stand-up routine was packed with thousands of convention goers in the audience – and millions more viewers around the world.
Vice President Biden has been blasted for his less than sensitive jokes – or gaffes as the more generous among us would say – so it would be easy to see these two old salts hamming it up together. They’d be a kind of Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis of the political comedy circuit, a sort of Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan of across the aisle mirth, a Mel Gibson and Danny Glover duo of comedic delight.
Now, of course, Joe Biden may be unemployed soon – at least as Vice President – but it’s a sure bet Eastwood has a few more movies up his sleeve. At 82 years of age and nearly 70 years of age respectively, both Eastwood and Biden are two old men with loads of silly things to say about the state of the world and America, or just about everything worthy of a lame punchline. With the super egos of those two, if they did launch a comedy tour together, I just have to wonder who would get top billing?