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Worthy candidate

I laughed and laughed at The Campaign this afternoon…which is really no surprise.

What made me laugh was.

I  expected Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis to be funny.  Their take on two candidates for a US Senate seat in North Carolina was over-the-top and out-of-control.  No issue was off-limits. No person, place or thing (translation: animal) was safe if their misuse provided a potential positive bump in the polls.

But for me, the surprises kept this movie from being your standard comedy.  Things the trailer didn’t reveal.  Cameos it didn’t spoil (and I won’t either).  The promos even used some alternative footage so that the real punch lines weren’t given away before you sat down in the theatre.

What a novel idea.

Probably my biggest ‘aha’ in The Campaign is how much I enjoyed the performance of Dylan McDermott as Galifianakis’ evil campaign manager.  I don’t think of him as a comedic actor, but McDermott stole every frame he appeared in.

The ending was also unexpected.  And I will surprise you now by not giving it away, except to say –

Watch the credits.

We are New York

I don’t normally talk politics.

But today, I’m breaking my rule…simply because this speech is too good not to talk about.

I highlight it not because of the candidate — although I did vote for him (full disclosure) — but because of his message of diversity.   I think the way he  structured his message is particularly effective as well.

(What can I say — I teach public speaking.  It’s interesting to me.)

Start watching at 5:35.

I, for one, am particularly proud to call myself a New Yorker today.

Because I, too,  believe that diversity makes us strong.