‘Family Guy’ writer Alec Sulkin: ‘RIP Dick Cheney, I hope’

Wow. Four years later and gutter-dwelling Dick Cheney haters still can’t let it go. Wishing death on 71-year-old Dick Cheney? Obsessed much?

Somehow we’re not surprised that “Family Guy” writer Alec Sulkin reportedly dated classless comedienne Sarah Silverman.

For a supposedly edgy comedy writer, Sulkin sure needs some new material. Railing against the eeeeevil Bush-Cheney cabal is so 2008.

And his attempt to troll for lefty retweets didn’t even pay off. Sulkin has more than half a million Twitter followers and scored only 224 retweets.

After the devastating earthquake and tsunamis in Japan, Sulkin tweeted, “If you wanna feel better about this earthquake in Japan, google “Pearl Harbor death toll.” He later apologized and deleted that “insensitive” tweet.

This is one of Rolling Stone’s “25 funniest people on Twitter”? That’s just pitiful.

Hat tip: @foyle79

  • TheAmishDude

    Gee, do the manatees do the tweeting for him, too?

  • stuckinIL4now

    Whaddya expect from a guy named sulkin(g)?

  • Danny Wheeler

    On Japan, heh, Sulkin forgot: “Twitchy is Foh-evah!”

  • Snarky D

    When someone else asked Silverman what she looks for in a guy, she said, among other things: “He’s got to be funny.”

    That would explain why she dumped him.

    • waltermitty2012

      We often look for qualities in others that we lack in ourselves.

    • mickeyco

      That would work both ways.

  • Howzah123

    Tired of these scumbags

  • $30423294

    This is a life long dream to me, to give one of the writers of Family Guy a lecture on comedic structure!

    Okay, Sulk, here’s the thing. You can’t just say the first obvious thing that comes to mind. “I wish you were dead” isn’t a witty observation. It’s not even an observation strictly speaking, it’s just sort of a grunt.

    An important mechanism of the comedic effect is the unexpected fusion of parallel lines of thought, metaphors, etc. that were not expected to cross. So, for example, a ball dropping to the floor isn’t funny because it’s expected. But Dick Van Dyke tripping over the ottoman is funny because it is a hilariously unexpected fusion of Dick Van Dyke the man, and Dick Van Dyke the physical object subject to the laws of physics. See the difference?

    Now, by my principle, noted comedian Gallagher smashing a watermelon on stage isn’t funny, which I think is pretty much the consensus (unless he’s trying to be all meta like Andy Kaufmann or Lenny Bruce or something, you know, funny by not being funny).

    Try it again, Sulk, but remember, there has to be an unexpected twist in the line. Something has to go outside the logic ordinarily anticipated by the listener or reader.

    So you could say something like, hey, I heard Dick Cheney is sick. I hope his family gets lost on the way to his hospital. See? It’s hateful, so you receive the catharsis, but it’s also kind of weirdly unexpected and thus funny in a technical sense.

    Anyway, gee this has been a pleasure.

    • http://twitter.com/thetugboatphil TugboatPhil

      You are correct. Gallagher is not funny. The watermelon bit played out sometime before people thought to bring plastic sheets to his shows.

      • Psalmist1972

        How about Gallager taking a swing at a watermellon that was shaped like Sulk’s head and splattering the brains all over people covered with Newsweek magazines with Dick Cheney on the cover? Just saying.

      • Psalmist1972

        How about Gallager taking a swing at a watermellon that was shaped like Sulk’s head and splattering the brains all over people covered with Newsweek magazines with Dick Cheney on the cover? Just saying.

    • mickeyco

      Nice, as usual, Scholar

    • http://pennyrobinsonfanclub.net/ PennyRobinsonFanClub

      I’d have to disagree about Gallagher. The smash-up is big, bold, outrageous, and absurd. It’s first-off, of course, a parody on late-night infomercials, which themselves continue the tradition of the sidewalk or medicine show barker. Then it takes the classic vaudeville/burlesque schtick of the pie in the face, and goes three-dimensional/fourth wall with it, extending the stage into the audience and making the audience participants in the routine, upping the ante on similar routines where a supposed bucket of water suddenly thrown into the audience would discharge only confetti. All to the point: a lot of humor is a matter of taste, sometimes acquired taste. I know people who get absolutely nothing from Weird Al, who has been doing some of what I would consider the funniest stuff ever done with music, but whose work is absolutely brilliant as well. I can understand it if you just don’t like slapstick, but to say it isn’t funny condemns a long and established comedic tradition practiced by Rip Tayler, Lucille Ball, Abbott & Costello, the Three Stooges, and on back into the legendary era of Olson & Johnson and Gallagher & Sheen (yes, another Gallagher!). So — don’t like him? That’s fine. But not funny? Beg to differ.

      Oh but if you want to read up on a classic act that was famous for its flaws, search up The Cherry Sisters. They were notorious enough to merit a reference on Fibber McGee & Molly some 40 years after their last appearance. Then look for recordings of the operatic stylings of Florence Foster Jenkins.

      PS — Agree that Kaufman was the pits.

      • GaryTheBrave

        Gallagher and Sheen. That would be a winner having Gallagher and Charlie Sheen as a comedy duo. Let me see. Maybe Charlie could play a washed up jingle writer and his brother Gallagher could move in with him after the divorce from his husband. They could have a condo on the beach and adopt a boy named Jake…

    • orringtonmom (D)

      i would add that staying current with the material would be optimal. seriously… dick cheney? was the guy stuck in his bathroom with nothing but outdated newsweek magazines?

  • http://www.theconservativevoices.com/ dmacleo

    south park rules :)
    the manatee refers to comedy wars parts 1 and 2 season 10 ep 3 and 4

  • LibLieExposer

    Sulkin is the Family Douche, most likely the one used by Rosie O’Dumbo.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/44F4AB4VSCTOCHBMBG4ZWWD5OU Laurel

    If dumbing down America were a crime Sulkin would get a death sentence.

    • http://twitter.com/1RandiStarr Randi Starr

      I doubt he’d realize he was dead…………………….

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/44F4AB4VSCTOCHBMBG4ZWWD5OU Laurel

        Good point.

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  • LochGates44

    Just read his bio. No surprise he started writing for family guy after it started to suck.

  • Maxwell

    If you want an example of bad comedy writing, look no further than Alec Sulkin’s work on Family Guy. The humor is vulgar, rarely witty. And the jokes have a terrible set up, often making jokes predictable, therefore losing their humor. Sulkin is overrated as a writer, and not funny, his twitter proves it.

  • $23629333

    You look at the way portsiders – such as Alec Sulkin* – react to people such as Dick Cheney and Sarah Palin, and – if you didn’t know better – you’d think the sources of such hate were Hitler’s henchmen, or at least on that level of infamy. Since it’s pretty hard to imagine that someone could be more hateful than the likes of this Sulkin writer, you have to wonder how the portsiders would respond if they awoke to discover that there were folks on the other side TRULY as bad as they’ve long suggested. If the so-called “Culture War” were to shift from cold to hot, the surprise might be too much for these portsiders.

    (* someone I had never heard of until I visited this twitchy page)

  • BeeKaaay

    Of course they wish death on Dick Cheney. Leftwingwackos are bloodthirsty.

  • david breaux

    He’s got the right idea! Its just never good to stoop as low as to wish death to anyone.

    Even if its a person like Chaney or Bush who make decisions that cost innocent people their life as they have!

    And I don’t mean military life,, I mean innocent!

    He’s a money monger with a greedy sole and hell is in the mail! No need to wish him dead it will come and hell has a boner with his name on it!

    • Tequila Mockingbird

      Greedy sole? How does one’s foot become greedy?

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002109532283 Jillane Kent

        Homophones must be an “eeeeeevil” invention of Bush/Cheney.

    • dee dvore

      Yeah Isn’t Obama just the worst. WORST PERSON EVER

    • dee dvore

      Good to see your keeping it Classy.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002109532283 Jillane Kent

      So, naturally, you feel the same way about the current President, right?

    • $23629333

      Davey’s last sentence provides the clue that he is yet another member of the hateful – and phallic fixated – 2%.

    • ozconservative

      Innocent people??? Like Mary Jo Kopechne you mean????

  • Garth Haycock

    Family Guy was a funny show in it’s first couple of season before Bush was elected for his 1st term. Since then, it’s been nothing but a forum to spew venom at anything conservative.

  • David Allen McKimmey

    If conservatives like Cheney were really as mean natured as left-wing-nuts like to portray them, the lib-tards would all be murdered in their sleep…..
    …of course we ARE considering it!

  • notenoughtime

    The hateful liberal left. It doesn’t take much to put together moronic material and pass it off as comedy to misinformed and uneducated. My 15 year old can put better material together!

  • Conservative First

    Where are all the lefties who said it was evil for us to question Hillary’s sickness? They’re OK with another leftie wishing for VP Cheney’s death?

  • lana ward

    Don’t rest in peace omuslim, I hope