Monday, November 13, 2006

Chris Rock Vs. Deborah Solomon

Okay, I'm not a fan of Deborah Solomon, who has the plum gig of doing a Q&A with the famous and important every Sunday for the New York Times Magazine. (I'm sure it's just jealousy; hey, whatever you're paying her, I'll do it for half!) But she does often present herself in the most unappealing light, as with this unintentionally hilarious staredown between her and Chris Rock where she asks one idiotic question after another and he simply has no patience. Note to future reporters: NEVER ask a comic "what is comedy?" You'll look like an idiot.

2 comments:

George Robinson said...

Actually, I think asking a deliberately off-putting question is not a bad strategy. I have found that if you get a source a bit nettled -- or even downright pissed-off -- you get more spontaneous, franker answers. Also, after that initial frostiness, Solomon gets some interesting stuff from Rock.

But you're right about one thing -- it's a great gig she's got as far as being low-maintenance. Most of us could do the celebrity interview thing in our sleep. (Too many of the people who do it now are doing it in their sleep.)

Michael in New York said...

No, she's just an idiot. The only thing interesting she got from him was contempt.