Baseball Crank
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August 21, 2004

Joe Piscopo says he may abandon his lucrative career as . . . uh . . . well, anyway, he may run for governor of New Jersey as a Democrat.

Piscopo, of course, stopped being funny when he started lifting weights, which makes him the prime example of what I might term Picsopo's Laws of Thermodynamics for Comedians:

*The talent of a small-to-average-size comedian decreases in direct proportion to the increase in the mass of the comedian.

*The talent of an average-size-to-large comedian decreases in direct proportion to the decrease in the mass of the comedian.

Not sure why exactly this is. Partly it's because fat comedians who make jokes about being fat and sloppy get less funny when they get in shape, skinny comedians who do a lot of pratfalls and physical comedy lose some of that if they get fat (think: Dan Aykroyd), and comedians generally get less funny if they start working out and taking themselves seriously. Which is another way of saying that growing up is bad for comics.

Posted by Baseball Crank at 11:11 AM | Politics 2004 • | Pop Culture | Comments (2) | TrackBack (0)

Exception: Richard Prior... he got less funny as he got more and more skinny. Also, because he did not grow up, he burned (up and) out and became much less funny.

Posted by: Horst Graben at August 21, 2004 06:37 PM

Here's the thing. Piscopo probably made a ton of dough from SNL, movies and those Miller Lite commercials. If he got into weights and shaping his body and he could do that full time - more power to him.

So now he wants to do something more meaningful with his life - again more power to him. Honestly though - I never thought he was funny.

Posted by: chris at August 21, 2004 08:16 PM
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