Two Great Sources of Comedy: David Letterman and the Oregonian Editorial Board
Recently the Roosevelt Island Tram broke down trapping commuters high above the East River in New York City. It took all night to get them rescued, and afterwards David Letterman joked that the city owed a great debt of gratitude to Superman. The joke perfectly captured the true nature of tram technology for commuters in a major city – it really is like something out of a comic book.
Little did Letterman and his staff know, but weeks earlier, the comedic geniuses on the editorial board of the Oregonian had already been there. When Dan Saltzman saved the tram here in Portland, they went with the Man of Steel analogy as well. That’s what a big-time professional sense of humor can give you. It’s not the nuts and the bolts of the joke, but the subtle sensibilities that go into it.
So for the Oregonian to show a comedic touch on the par of David Letterman, congratulations. Of course, the Oregonian's humor was completely unintentional, but it was still very, very amusing. The citizens of Metropolis are proud of you.