Sunday, April 22, 2012

Bill O’Reilly changes style with satirical stand-up

     Fox News broadcaster, Bill O’Reilly, brought a different feel to his live performance at the King Center for the Performing Arts in Melbourne, Fla. This show gave O’Reilly a chance to give his own brand of political satire in a stand-up comedy style, far different from his typical “No Spin Zone” persona.

     In the height of this turbulent political atmosphere with an election process in full swing, people are more interested than ever with the topical issues addressed by Bill on his TV show “The O’Reilly Factor.”

     The normal on-air presence of the no-nonsense journalist, changed during his live performances due to a lack of scrutiny typically seen on his newscast. With a comedic style mirroring that of fellow "Factor" contributor, Dennis Miller, his entire show was one long mix of current topics and wisecracks at the individual or group he mentioned.

     The first target of O'Reilly's criticism was that of the GOP candidates. He detailed the rise and fall of each candidate all while pointing out the good and the bad which each. He would discuss a specific candidate, giving them an insult or two based on all the standard attack points, like Newt Gingrich asking for an open marriage, or Mitt Romney acting like an out of touch elitist strapping dogs to the roof of his car.

     “I think Bill is an entertaining man; when you bring humor into politics it makes everything more enjoyable,” said audience member Gregg Shinn.

     President Obama was also addressed with the same level of positive observations, mixed with a subtle joke or two. He believes that the three secluded debates between the GOP nominee and the president will be the deciding factor for winning over the independent voters in the this year's election. O’Reilly compared past presidential debates and their outcomes to the current assumed nomination of Romney against Obama.

     “He’s fantastic, and I watch his show every day,” said retiree Rose Marie. Many audience members like her enjoyed seeing their favorite TV personality and the no-nonsense style he is known for.

By James Tutten

(Published: April 11, 2012 issue of "Valencia Voice" on page 12.)

(All photos by James Tutten)

Bill O'Reilly answers audience members questions asked by Public Interest editor for 'Florida Today' Matt Reed. 


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