On Monday, Fox & Friends invited former UT-Austin student Max Rice to talk about why he shifted his political allegiance from Obama to Romney. What they didn’t know at the time was that Rice is an aspiring comedian and agreed to the interview in order to make the network look foolish. Was he successful? That depends on what you deem “funny.”
I won’t recite the entire clip, but I will say that Rice didn’t do much by way of comedy. He made a dumb joke about host Gretchen Carlson’s Miss America title, but most of his routine consisted of shifting nervously in his chair and responding like a 10-year-old. It’s not so much funny as it is uncomfortably priggish.
Rice, who was the president and founder of UT-Austin’s Stand-up Comedy Club, said in a post-show interview with Raw, “[Fox was] so happy that I fit the mold and that I was Caucasian. They were just casting a part in a show. They were so stupid… I’m a kid messing around.”
That may be the case, but the gesture was amateurish and ultimately futile.
In response to the incident, Bill Shine, executive vice president of programming for FOX News, said “We are still examining the situation, but it will be addressed with the appropriate parties involved,” via a statement.