I'd like to take some time out to talk about my alma mater.
Hofstra University hosted the 3rd and final presidential debate this evening. We were all very proud.
While the candidates were embarrassing themselves within the David S. Mack Arena, Hofstra itself was being embarrassed on live TV...by my friends.
You see, I was a part of a certain society at Hofstra, I don't know if I need to mention it's name...ok, it was called NONSENSE HUMOR MAGAZINE. We are in fact Hofstra's Only Intentional Humor Magazine.
Current members and Alumni alike (i.e. me) infiltrated the debate coverage tonight, creating fake posters and signs, and trying to get on MSNBC. Finally, after the debate, that goal was achieved.
If you look right behind Andrea Mitchell, you'll notice a few odd campaign signs in the background. They look like they could be Barack Obama signs...but not quite...you see, these signs were promoting a little known campaign. They were promoting the Presidential run of Jackie Chan.
In that screen shot you can clearly see two members holding up signs proclaiming a "Chan We Need" and "Chan"
There we have yet another "Chan" sign as well as one of our "I'm Apathetic" posters.
Finally in this one you see current editor Brendan Smyth showing his support for Bob Barr with his hand made sign.
During the commercial break the Obama campaign called and demanded that Nonsense take down the signs. Pussies.
We shall not be silenced! The campaign of Jackie Chan will go on! Let Jackie debate! Let Jackie debate!
It's not like he's the only candidate that wasn't born in this country.
So, this little Improve Everywhere-like idea was cut short by a candidate who couldn't take a joke...Nonsense still came out on top.
Chris Matthews took an issue of Nonsense and enjoyed it. He also signed a copy for an alumna.
Matthews's aid then asked what another sign one of our members was holding up meant. The sign in question said "I Scissored Sarah Palin". An explanation was given, and hilarity ensued.
There will of course be people who will complain about this act of comedy. Nothing unusual about that. When I was the Managing Editor of this magazine, someone complained every week. In it's 25 years of existence not a year went by without a controversy.
If we're not offending people we're not doing our jobs. Comedy is meant to upset the status quo. It's meant to challenge authority.
I love free speech.
I love Nonsense Humor Magazine.
And I'll love Hofstra University if they understand that.
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