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Next Season: Baron Balderdash

August 25th, 2010

I’ve still never seen an episode of American Idol, but its country cousin America’s Got Talent has been a frequent guest in the Thiel household this summer. I’m not addicted to it, but I generally find it entertaining. The judges–Howie Mandel, Sharon Osbourne and Piers Morgan (the resident rude Brit, aka The Guy Who Is Always the First to Press the Buzzer)–are a fizzy mixture, and the broad range of would-be talents give the whole thing a bit of a freakshow appeal.

Current king of the freaks is the self-styled “Prince Poppycock,” who, as Piers Morgan put it last night, manages to out-camp Freddie Mercury. And while there’s a certain “look at the train wreck” quality to his act, I have to admit that the guy puts on one hell of a spectacle. While I have to think that the Justin Bieber clone will likely win the competition, Monsieur Poppycock may give him a run for the title.

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