Monday, October 24, 2005

Take my book proposal, please!" or, is it surreal for Matt Cooper to want to give up book deal for stand-up? AHA! What fresh PR HELL is this???!!!

From New York Mag's Intelligencer

"Take My Book Proposal, Please!"

Matt Cooper, grand-jury humorist. By Boris Kachka

Judith Miller may not have a book deal just yet (much less the $1.2 million Simon & Schuster advance alleged by gadfly blogger Arianna Huffington). [trust us, it's coming, right Ms. Matalin?] But when she does get to it, we can be sure that—along with Norman Pearlstine’s planned tome on the hilarious topic of anonymous sourcing—it’ll be an earnestly self-justifying take on a Very Serious Matter.

Not for jolly Time reporter Matt Cooper, who testified without doing any hard time, keeping his sense of humor intact. He’s been telling friends he intends to write a comedy about the Valerie Plame Wilson affair. And Cooper, who does stand-up part time (sample joke: “ [John] Kerry’s idea of rebellion is having red wine with fish”), sees himself as just the man for the job.

Cooper wouldn’t comment, even for a punch line. “The question,” says a friend of Cooper’s, “is whether publishers are going to have the intelligence to want a funny book about this, instead of one that huffs and puffs about ‘a crucial turn in American history’ and all that.”

HighVizPR says "of course they will -- Humor sells! -- and with this White House circus, why should the cartoonists-as-pundits have all the fun? If Bill Maher, Dennis Miller and Mark Wilson can make a living at it, let Mat Cooper have some fun-- but, hey Matt, ((hint-hint)), hire a joke writer."

Next: FBI ♥ NYPD [I'll just watch another repeat-episode of Law & Order, thank u]

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