‘Still the Best Standup Comedian Today’ ,
Overlooked MORT SAHL Reflects on JFK, Politics
KENNEDY 50th Year Anniversary Began with TV Movie
November 22 Marks the Fiftieth Year since the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in 1963. Expect an onslaught of TV movies, videos,documentaries – and we’ve already seen a number of books come out. Bill O’reilly’s best selling ‘Killing Kennedy’ , made into a TV movie, is already out on National Geographic TV (see video trailer above). Stay tune for more…Other recent and past books and media are below.
50th Year Tribute CONTINUE
Still the Best Standup Comedian Today’ , Overlooked MORT SAHL Reflects on JFK, Politics
Sahl believes one of Kennedy’s last speeches, at American University late 1963 was perhaps his best but the one that may have upset certain forces and let directly to his death. In the speech, he condemned war , while expressing some compassion towards Russia. This may have helped trigger the CIA, which Sahl believes was behind the assassination. Kennedy had expressed desire get OUT of war rather than engage in it, which was at odds with our government, too. (Editor’s Note: Though Sahl didn’t mention it here, he no doubt believes with our assertion (in another blog) that the Vietnam War would have never risen to the scale it did under President Johnson, had Kennedy lived).
Interviewer Feldman, asking Sahl about his inclusion in Tom Brokaw’s documentary and book, ‘Where Were You?’ about the Kennedy Assissination, jokes that it might have been called ‘The Mediocre Generation,’ a take off on Brokaw’s ‘The Great Generation,’ referring to that of World War II. Sahl noted that he and his views were left out of the film (which we haven’t seen yet but will) but included in only the book – perhaps not so surprising to Sahl, based on his past history .
But rather than being bitter about such career exclusions, Sahl , 86, marches on, making occasional appearances at ‘old school’ places like the Throckmorton Theatre’ in Mill Valley , CA , near where he currently resides with his third wife. He will talk on all subjects including his beliefs what he believes to be other conspiracies – the Robert Kennedy and MLK Assassinations and belief that there was more to 9/11 than has come out. The CIA, he says hires the ‘ best professional group of mechanics from all over the world.’ (Oswald was probably not one of them.) Sahl believes that today’s government leaders are ‘not being held accountable’ for their actions. Obama will do things on his own , without consulting even his own party; those who may disagree will not speak out against him, which makes our government look more and more like a fascist rule.
Today Mort Sahl flies pretty much under the radar, not necessarily by choice. Seems like things haven’t changed for him much over all the years. Perhaps like his late contemporary, Rodney Dangerfield, Sahl doesn’t get the respect he deserves. A recent program, Mort Sahl: The Loyal Opposition, by Mr.Weide, was scrapped by PBS after one showing but you can read about it here:
Perhaps Robert Weide sums it up best in the last paragrah of his writing, the Loyal Opposition. Of Sahl he writes :
‘Sahl’s popularity started to rise again in the wake of the Watergate scandal. He continues to work, but without regular television exposure, younger audiences tend to be unaware of his historical significance and his continuing comedic chops. I believe that pound-for-pound, Mort is still the funniest standup working today. But his dance card deserves to be much fuller than it is these days. How guys like Bill Maher or Jay Leno can be thought of as our current political humorists when Mort is still alive and kicking is beyond me. But I digress.’
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‘Still the Best Standup Comedian Today’ , Overlooked MORT SAHL Reflects on JFK, Politics