MONDAY, MARCH 28, 2022
Transcript on demand: There was at least one great joke at the Oscars last night. It came early in the opening monologue, when we were still watching:
Amy Schumer: This year, the academy hired three women to host because it’s cheaper than hiring one man.
By any measure, that was a good, solid, unimpeachable, straight-ahead top-shelf zinger. (For the record, we don't know what actual male/female salary gaps in Tinseltown may actually be like at this time.)
Concerning the evening's later joke that roared, so taste levels in the comedy world have gone. But so too with almost everything else in the realm of popular entertainment and popular pseudo-journalism. (The History Channel now earns its keep with shows about ancient aliens.)
From the journalistic realm, we offer this observation:
It's often hard to find transcripts of important public events. Also, MSNBC may have decided to suspend the practice all over again. (As we type, it has now been 13 days since the channel posted new transcripts.)
That said, you don't have to wonder what was said in last night's opening monologue. Perhaps a bit laughably, the New York Times has provided a transcript of this historic event!
In fairness, that one joke was a stone-cold zinger. Thanks to the possibly childish cultural standards of the Times, the entire opening monologue belongs to the ages now.