According to New York magazine, Nightly News anchor Brian Williams is a "versatile" humorist who now has a "second career" making people laugh. In a gushing, 3600 word piece, writer John Swansburg went so far as to fawn, "He’s a confident, kempt success in a profession dominated by neurotics and Apatovian man-children. Isn’t it time we took the comedy of Brian Williams seriously?"
For proof of the anchor's hilarity, Swansburg quoted NBC employees Tina Fey, Seth Meyers and Jimmy Fallon to attest to NBC employee Williams' comic talents. The New York journalist lamented that "Williams has yet to really receive his due as a comedian."
He gets credit for showing up, but not enough for what he does once he gets there. A close study of Williams’s ever-growing body of work reveals a versatile performer who can disappear into a character, play the straight man, deliver a monologue, or trade barbs from the other side of the desk. He’s a confident, kempt success in a profession dominated by neurotics and Apatovian man-children. Isn’t it time we took the comedy of Brian Williams seriously?
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Williams' appearances on NBC programs, such as 30 Rock, have included jokes about anonymous sexual hook-ups with strangers. Swansburg downplayed whether such questionable attempts at humor diminish the stature of a news anchor. Williams has hosted Saturday Night Live and is a regular on Jimmy Fallon's program.
He also stopped by a special on The Simpsons to laud the fictional Kent Brockman for the ability to fake the "everyman thing.