The public shaming of an indiscreetly amorous congressman continues, and Bill Maher recruited upcoming Emmys host Jane Lynch to join him on Real Time last night for a dramatic, verbatim recitation of text from actual communications between Rep. Anthony Weiner and a Las Vegas blackjack dealer named Lisa Weiss. (Dare I say Tiger Woods is jealous?)

"Dame" Jane Lynch steals the show here, with her supremely meta-ironic reading of the Lisa lines, as softly tinkling chamber music plays in the background. It comes off as a radio play from the forties, only with anachronistic subject matter and candor. "The Weinerlogues" at least elevates Weinergate to a rung on the comedy ladder a little higher than bad puns. It's official: this whole tawdry ball of wax is here to stay. Best to make a candle out of it and hold vigil for a pre-internet world where the dissemination of humiliation wasn't the common currency. (Grouchy grandfather voice: "And stay off my lawn!")


Commentarium (10 Comments)

Jun 11 11 - 4:54pm


Jun 12 11 - 3:42pm
a woman

The ending was brilliant!

Jun 11 11 - 5:51pm

I want to hear Jon Stewart tell us again how the pictures couldn't possibly be Weiner. What a dimwit. I think they must have put something in the food at the school they attended.

Jun 12 11 - 3:35am
That's What

Stewart has conceded already. Give the guy a break.

Jun 12 11 - 11:18am

I really should, given Stewart's sense of fairness.

Jun 11 11 - 11:15pm
Vinegar Bend

Uh boy.

Jun 12 11 - 2:37am

Marry me, Jane Lynch!

Jun 13 11 - 2:38pm

MAESTRO Maher!!!!!!!!!!!

Jun 13 11 - 8:13pm

... People are so unimaginative (Weiner and his co-texter).

Jun 15 11 - 6:20pm

like to see you do better