If you’re like me, you can’t get enough of all the juicy gossip surrounding Japan’s Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama, who’s stuck with an embarrassing 24 percent approval rating. The reasons are myriad, and his certifiably insane wife is definitely one of them—she says she gets energy boosts by “eating the sun.” But the nail in the coffin may be the shirt he recently wore to a cookout, which caused a national uproar. Yes, seriously.
It’s true, the shirt is AMAZING—I am hypnotized by it. It’s like something Walker, Texas Ranger would have worn to a gay bar in 1994. But while we’re all worried about health care, unemployment, immigration and oil spills, the Japanese are bitching about their prime minister’s shirt? Do they know they are a real-life country, and not, like, the Japan Pavilion at Epcot Center?
I guess we all find ways to distract from the miserable banality of daily life. Last night I had the immense pleasure of catching Ricky Gervais live at Madison Square Garden, where he was, as anticipated, hilarious. One memorable line:
—“A third of the world is starving, and a third of the world is overweight. So the fat people are eating the starving people’s food.”
I guess that means if I’m neither overweight nor starving, I don’t really have to bother myself with the poverty problem…which is a relief. My schedule’s packed.
For instance, tonight I’ll be on “Real Time with Bill Maher.” (And last night, in an odd coincidence, the New York Times wrote my obituary. WTF?) Republican Congressman Darrell Issa, who will also be on the show, called me to offer some advice, which was great. But I’m realistic. If I leave with all my organs, I’ll consider it a victory.