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‘Lil’ Bush’ Mobisode to Get Prime-Time Play

December 4, 2006 5:35 PM

Hats off to Comedy Central, which just bought the rights to “Lil’ Bush: Resident of the United States,” a mobisode created by Amp’d Mobile Inc., a wireless carrier, that the cable net will expand into a half-hour series next summer.

“Lil’ Bush” is an animated parody of President Bush as a child and is set against the backdrop of the first Bush presidency, according to today’s Wall Street Journal. Comedy Central has a time slot already in mind, late prime time right before “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart.”

And what a cast of characters, including little Condi, little Rummy, little Cheney, little John Kerry and little Mikey Moore, according to the WSJ piece, which was the funniest thing I read all day.

Beyond the obvious yucks, I love the idea of taking mobisode content with legs and developing it for linear television, in this case a half-hour show. Usually, it works just the other way, with networks using existing shows, pared down, to offer to mobile phone platforms. This is an ingenious idea and could serve as a new model for economically testing new series. Given the strong raves so far for “Lil’ Bush,” I only wish I didn’t have to wait until summer to see it.


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I believe Comedy Central had a 2001 show called, "That's my Bush!" which highlighted the white house abuse of language, stubborn view on things and the general dumb and dumber lifestyle. I saw it a few times and it did have a little charm but it was taken away real quick after 911.

I guess it is time to bring back Bush the comedy punching bag since now 70 to 80% of Americans now believe he has no clue. I'll check it out on TV but not on my cell phone. But we have had a Lil' too much of Bush already!

Marianne Paskowski:

Hey, I'm with, given that I can barely read this terrible light, small typeface, I, too, don't want TV from my phone. I just wish Comedy Central would rush Lil' Bush into production for cable before he does any more damage. So I hope Comedy Central makes Bush the punching bag he has made of the rest of us. Would love to hear from the rare conservative to read what he has to say about the latest skinny on Iraq. Even Rummy doesn't seem to agree, saying we need a new plan. Duh?

John Golden:

OK, I'll bite. What we have is a President who didn't serve in the regular Army, who wants to jail desenters and suspend the writ of habeas corpus. Who is engaged in a war that half of the nation hates and the other half hates even more. The supporters of the war are protrayed as fanatics and indifferent to human life and as religious nuts.
In an editoral in Chicago written a while back the editor wrote..."The cheek of every American must tingle with shame as he reads the silly, flat and dishwatery utterances of the man who has to be pointed out to intelligent foreigners as the President of the United States". What a joke of a President this guy is.

However what I just wrote is a short synopsis of Abe Lincoln and the Civil War. The editorial was written as a criticism of the Gettysburg Address. Lincoln actually had a legistator arrested and shipped to Canada for the criticism the legislator leveled at the Lincoln and his handling of the war.

I wonder if Lincoln would be considered a failure as a President is he hadn't been murdered by John Wilkes Booth?

Stop and consider that 60 out of 100,000 soldiers is getting killed in Iraq while 80 out of 100,000 citizens is getting killed in Washington, DC. We've had soldiers in a Hot Zone and we've lost just over 3,000 while we lost that many soldiers and sailors just training to for D-Day.

No war goes as planned and maybe it has been badly conducted but...but...maybe not. Only time will tell and I'm talking 50 years or more for this era to been seen as a failure or a success. Don't be so quick to gloat.

Well, this has been a real slice of heaven but I gotta go. Toodles. Johnny

Marianne Paskowski:

Hi John,

Nice to see you back. Well, say what you will, but Lincoln freed the slaves. Too bad John Wilkes Booth shot him at a theatrical performance, sure Mrs. Lincoln didn't like the ending of that play. Having said that, I know the stats about death rates in DC vs. Iraq. But what does that have to do with anything?

I'll tell you what: this lame duck president can't fix: Our own civil unrest. Don't you believe that racial/ religious intolerance still exists here, let alone, Iraq? I'm sick and tired of Iraq and five companies, friends of Cheney's, who are making bundles of money, trying to so call peace there. Did you see the "Sale of Iraq?" It was a film, not widely distributed but an eye opener. Think you can find it at moveon.org.

John, although we always agree to disagree, at least we're both open to the other side. Keep coming back. If I get an early release of Lil Bush, I'll send it your way.

Not gloating, but listening,

John Golden:

By way of correction, I left out a small factoid in my comparsion of death rates of Iraq and Washington, DC. I should have written the military is suffering 60 deaths PER MONTH per 100,000 troops on average. The way I have it written it would appear we have 5 million troops stationed in Iraq. Which, by the way, we don't. Also the Chicago paper which published the editorial critical of the Gettysberg Address was the Chicago Times and that was in 1863. Sorry about the sloppy writing and misspellings but I was in a hurry. Heroes was about to come on and I wasn't about to miss Heroes.

It is interesting to note that here in Indiana the Governor during the Civil War was Oliver Morton and he actually suspended the legislature during the War as there were so many Southern sympathizers in the legislature at the time. I wonder what the MSM would say if Bush or Mitch Daniels, our current governor, tried to do that.

Marianne Paskowski:

Hi John,
Well this could explain alot, now recalling that you're from Indiana. Isn't that the weird state where on one side of the street, in the same town, and the other people live in separate time zones? All about milking cows or something? Time warp problem?

I digress. Thank God for enlightened, media outlets that offer up diverse views. I know you appreciate them, and I respect your views and sharing up here. Remember, Oliver Morton never had the benefit of CNN, Fox News, C-Span, NPR or Moveon.org to inform a public that doesn't give a flying Wallenda about any of this stuff. I'm glad you do, and post. We can all learn from one another. What are your favorite sources on online news?

John Golden:

I usually float around Drudge, Newsbusters, Newsmax, Michelle Malkin, HuffPo, Demounderground and Kos. I listen to Rush and Sean and Laura when I get the chance. I'm also a big fan of Michal Medved but he's not on here in Indiana until like 3 AM.

And that business of Indiana and the time zone is so yesterday...we are now on daylight savings time like the rest of youse guys and I hate it. The sun is up until 10 PM and I like riding my bike in the dark, not staring into the sun when we ride down the road.

I will explain the finer points of what I think is going on later, I gotta eat right now. Buh bye.


To the john of the Golden Hind (Yellow Arse) posting above, if you want to experience a real episode of Heroes, why not book passage to Iraq? I'm sure your Uncle Sam would be willing to foot the bill for a patriotic true believer (in myth) such as yourself. One unnecessary death is a tragedy beyond comprehension. Quoting "60 deaths per month" is a statistic that allows one to divorce oneself from humanity, as watching a cartoon on NBC allows one to divorce oneself from reality.
Unlike Marianne, this reader does not respect your viewpoint. To treat the death of others with such a cavalier attitude, not wishing to miss a minute of your comic book play or delay a meal, complaining about DST in Indiana, etc., when the unbridled, uncaring, (unChristian) greed of your Fearless Leader and his cohorts has caused so much death and grief and misery for thousands and thousands, just points out the hypocrisy and ignorance (and arrogance) of your attitude. Comparing the War Between the States with the American invasion and occupation of Iraq? A more apt comparison would be the German invasion and occupation of Poland.
To read what some intelligent posters are saying on this topic today, check the Comments section at:

Marianne Paskowski:

Hi Al,
Thanks for weighing in here and pointing us to the other blog. But I have learned in my approaching dotage to recognize that by listening to people with other views, sometimes we can all learn. Look at the last election, where the Dems seized control. Maybe John could convert, and why I welcome him here anytime.

Of course, I don't agree with a word his says, but I'm happy he comes up here regularly to hear what the rest of us have to say. First step in his 12 step program? You gave him a dose of tough love. But that's fine by me.

We're winning,

John Golden:

Dear Al,

You assume that I haven't been in combat, that I don't know what it's like to be in harms way and that I am a coward, all without ever meeting me or asking me any questions. So be it. Since you are a member of the Compassion Party your personal animus against me must be valid. I however, do not wish any harm to you nor do I wish to impugn your motives nor call you names. Perhaps you have a loved one in harm's way, maybe your father was injured in Viet Nam, maybe you just hate conservatives, whatever the case may God bless you.

My comparsion of the Civil War with the current Iraq War is, I think, valid with regards to the opinion of the general populace towards the Presidents during their respective terms. Lincoln was not respected and his support base during the war was slim. It was only many years after his death that he was elevated to a postion of greatness. Sadly, I don't think this war will turn out well. I fear that we have lost and that our enemies will take advantage of our weakness. I don't think it will happen soon but I think it will happen.

To Marianne, please remember what my Father said...Everyone is entitled to their own stupid opinions, including me. I just may be the first step in your 12 step program.

With love and good wishes to all. Sincerely, John Golden

Marianne Paskowski:

Just got back from my town's first meeting of the "No Place for Hate" inititiative to wipe out stereotypes and biases that we all have, whether we know it or not.

I thank you for coming back and facing the heat. You didn't have to do that, and I appreciate it to keep up the dialogue.

And I, John, may be in the first step of your 12 step program as a continue to learn to become a better listener and more tolerant of others views.

Warmest to all, and I do mean all-- well not George Bush yet-- remember I'm only in step one.



I believe more parody and satire will keeps us all with goodwill and help us reflect on our situations. War has terrible consequences and should always be very cautiously sort. Wars can bankrupt a culture and destroy a civilization and all fought for the "best" intentions. Let us not forget great civilizations have failed due to wars and sent man into dark ages.

If Lill' Bush gets a laugh and stimulates critical thinking, then bring him on!

Marianne Paskowski:

I believe parody and satire if well done are very effective tools for collective self-enlightenment. Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert are masters of the crafts.

We'll see if "Lil Bush" has that power.

I believed then-candidate Bush when he said during the 2000 campaign that America should not nation-build, and believe him now when he says our nation was divinely chosen for this task. I believe, as the president claims, that

Marianne Paskowski:

Hi Tav,
That what, I don't get your point. Please explain


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