I don’t get Howard Stern. He goes on satellite radio next week and today it was announced Sirrius is paying him (on top of the salary) more than 200 million bucks in Sirrius stock.
Stock tip Mr. Stern: Sell that stock as soon as you can because analysts say it will be worthless in a couple of years.
I just don’t find Howard Stern funny. I’ve listened to his radio show, I’ve seen the show on E! and I don’t ever remember laughing. I can understand why some people think he’s entertaining. He’s foul, profane and he talks about sex a lot. Yeah, well so did the guys on my high school football team. They were funnier. At least my 16 year old funny meter thought so. I hear people call Stern a genius and that some of his non-political humor is brilliant. Maybe I’ve missed those shows because I haven’t seen anything close to brilliance.
It’s been said that it’s harder to be funny without using profanity. I think that’s true. You have to think to be funny and clean. Say a bad word and somebody’s gonna think you’re hysterical. My kids think I’m funny when I say “did somebody poot?” They actually think I’m the funniest man in the world because I say that a lot.
Now I’m not one who thinks dirty comedians can’t be funny. Richard Pryor was brilliant. George Carlin was, or is, a thinking man’s comedian. I don’t agree with him and some of his jokes about God turn my stomach, but he is funny. Stern doesn’t strike me as either brilliant or funny. Chris Rock makes me laugh hard, so does Dave Chapelle. I’d pay to hear some of Larry the Cable Guy or Bill Engvall.
But why Sirrius is spending so much dough on Stern makes no sense to me. And why some folks would pay $12.95 a month for the Sirrius subscription just to hear Stern’s locker room humor is more baffling. My prediction: folks who are shelling out the $13 per month won’t find Stern worth it after a while. When subscriptions start to flatten or drop, Stern will kick it up a notch and dirty his act up even more. The novelty may wear off Stern now that you can’t hear him for free.
Maybe he ought to put a “sell order” on that company stock before long.