Most of the late night talk shows are on hiatus this week, but Jay Leno is still on the air. Thattaboy! Vacation is a luxury he simply cannot afford. What does “afford” mean, again? It means having 100 billion dollars in your checking account but an overwhelming existential lack in the pit of your soul that no amount of money, fame, attention, or airplane hangars full of antique cars can fill, right? Got it. Anyway, Jay Leno was on the air, which meant he got to make jokes about the Casey Anthony verdict. Neat! Whenever I hear that a woman widely believed to have murdered her two-year-old daughter (because she thought her two-year-old daughter was “annoying”) has been found not guilty by a jury of her peers, the first thing I always want to know is WHAT IS JAY GONNA SAY ABOUT THIS ONE?! Get in there, buddy! There’s got to be some kind of pun to be made out of infanticide. Oooh, or maybe you can somehow link the death of a two-year-old to MONICA LEWINSKY! But, so, Jay Leno did make a joke comparing the Casey Anthony jury to Barack Obama’s economic advisors (?!?!) and the joke bombs so definitively that Jay Leno’s head falls off and rolls all the way down the studio floor, only stopping when it bumps against a trash can. Seriously, watch, it’s amazing:

IS THIS THING ON, LADIES AND GERMS?! Oh man. Amazing. I wish you could bottle and sell Jay Leno’s face during that moment. You wouldn’t get rich, because who would buy a bottle of that, but it would be hilarious. That is not a good joke! But so many of Jay’s jokes are terrible that it makes sense that he would simply assume some kind of technical error. Besides, the audience LOVED IT the second time around, so it probably was just the microphone. “Tell it for an unprecedented third time, Jay, the joke about how the Casey Anthony jury is like Barack Obama’s team of economic advisors and how both groups of people are stupid!” That is what the audience shrieked right after this clip, like banshees. (Via GotchaMedia.)

Comments (23)
  1. I don’t get it.

    • The joke was dead the whole time

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  2. Just saw it again. Fucking brilliant.

  3. No big deal, we’ll just tape it back on and sell him to the blind kid in 4C.

  4. Tracy Morgan must be so relieved right now.

  5. That voice! That lisp! Those jokes!

    Refresh my memory … how did this guy get a job in media?

    • After playing small roles and doing bit parts his ego slowly grew until it reached critical mass and collapsed in on itself and became so dense not even light can escape

      • Science cannot comment on the speculation that light cannot escape, but it has proven exhaustively that comedy certainly cannot escape. QED.

  6. That’s right Jay, repeat the joke and force a positive reaction.

    That’s right Jay, go back and say ‘Casey Anthony’ again so you can prove you can control your lisp.

    That’s right Jay, keep saying ‘I don’t get this!’ like a stand-up comedian from 1985.

    That’s right Jay, look to your band for a few more comedic guitar licks. BOW-wa-da-dow-WOW!

  7. “I don’t think they heard the joke!”

    “We better cheer this time because he’ll just keep telling it. His head is a pink marshmellow.”

  8. a rare near miss from Jay Leno.
    so rare, so near.

  9. “What? Did someone chloroform this audience?”

  10. he couldn’t track down and reunite the Dancing Itos? that would’ve killed. [eubanks chuckles]

  11. So…

    Lambasting an anonymous jury for taking the fact that they hold someone’s life in their hands seriously… check.

    Suggesting that it is an outrage that someone was found not guilty just because most people suspect they did it… check.

    SOMEHOW tying it all to the same vaguely conservative political jokes you tell every night as if they two are even remotely related… check.

    Sounds like a great night for Jay.

  12. “Hey, someone pick up that trashcan!”

  13. Can anyone help a Canuck by providing a non-Hulu link? YouTube seems to have only the part after he bombs.

  14. Take my talk show host.

  15. wow he is looking fat and old

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