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Tuesday, January 25, 2005

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Kenneth Tynan's work for The New Yorker was his best work. It's great that the New Yorker has put his Johnny Carson profile up. Tynan's profile of Mel Brooks asks why a comedian wants to be funny, and as a result is one of the darkest profiles I've ever read that's based on jokes. When William Shawn phoned Tynan to say that he loved the piece Tynan was reduced to puzzled and wordless awe of such an achievement in his diary.