Here are the highlights from Monday’s Headlines on Dennis & Callahan with Kirk Minihane, John Dennis and Gerry Callahan. To hear the segment, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.
— Chris Rock hosted “Saturday Night Live” this past weekend and was criticized for his opening monologue. Some said his jokes about the Boston Marathon bombing and the Freedom Tower in New York were uncalled for. The hosts thought the biggest offense of the whole thing was that the monologue just wasn’t funny.
“Oh, God awful,” Dennis said. “Get to the funny part.”
Replied Callahan: “It didn’t work, didn’t work.”
“If he had some funny joke about the Marathon, I would laugh,” Minihane said. “The outrage for the Marathon stuff isn’t that a big a deal to me. It’s just not funny.”
Said Callahan: “I can’t get into clean Chris Rock. It doesn’t work.”
The hosts heard another clip from Rock’s opening segment and were thoroughly unimpressed.
“That’s the luxury of being Chris Rock, he can say something that’s totally not funny and he’ll get laughs,” Callahan said.
Also during the episode, Prince gave an eight-minute performance, drawing rave reviews. The hosts, though, were not big fans of the pop star’s effort.
“He’s one of those guys, he’s in with the in crowd,” said Callahan. “It was awful.”
— Daredevil Nik Wallenda has made a living off of crazy stunts like walking on a tightrope over Niagara Falls and the Grand Canyon. This weekend, he added another adventure to the list, as he tightroped across the Chicago skyline.
Said Miinihane: “I’m starting to think there’s some sort of gimmick here.”
The hosts ran a clip from the event in which Wallenda thanked the city of Chicago for the support and God for the opportunity.
“I just hate him,” Callahan said. “God was good to him.”
Said Minihane: “If there really were a god, was a god, were a god, he would just throw [Wallenda] off. … Aren’t you fighting more danger by letting this guy have some success? Because you know his kids are going to do it. His dad did it. His sisters do it.”
— A terminally ill Oregon woman who had been living with a stage 4 brain tumor took her life over the weekend as she said she would do months ago. Brittany Maynard believed in death-for-dignity laws, so she killed herself before the tumor could do the job.
“We talked about this last week, a couple of weeks ago. I was still shocked,” Callahan said. “I still didn’t think she’d do it on schedule.”
Replied Dennis: “I was more shocked about the quickness with which it came because when we last saw her interviewed, she looked OK, she sounded OK.”