I have all kinds of crackpot theories about media, like how STAR WARS and RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK are basically the same thing, and how SNL is no worse than it was when it started. One thing that sounds insane to many people is that I think Ernie Bushmiller and Jerry Lewis are similar. What I mean by that is that both are looked at by most as junk but they miss the point.
We've all heard the shibboleth about how the French think Jerry Lewis is a genius. That doesn't mean that the average French person goes to a Jerry Lewis movie and thinks he's the funniest person they've ever seen. It means it's admired that he does of all aspects of filmmaking and has control over his material.
I don't need to tell anyone reading this of the merits of either. When I explain Nancy to the uninitiated, they don't understand the appeal. It's not a “so bad it's good” aesthetic. It's not just a cartoonist thing. But it helps.
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