Welcome to the 60 Minutes/Vanity Fair Poll for December. The election is over and the rancor and seriousness that was prevalent in a divided America can hopefully be set aside for the good of the country. What better time is there then to choose humor as the theme for this month's poll?
Questions like who and what makes America laugh, what shows do we like, what topics should be considered off limits to comedians, and are people born funny or is it a skill that can be developed? We as a nation can always use a better sense of humor about ourselves and some good laughs to get our mojo going.
It worked during the Depression as people flocked to theaters to forget their worries and laugh out loud as depicted in the classic movie "Sullivan's Travels." A little laughter might just get us in to the holiday spirit and foster a renewed sense of national unity and purpose. We'll toast to that, and to our readers, Happy Hanukkah, Merry Christmas and a happy and humor filled New Year. And now the results of our poll...
Only 14 percent of Americans were able to identify Judd Apatow, the prolific and successful writer, producer and director of comedy films and shows. Fifteen percent thought he was a former speechwriter for President Clinton, five percent guessed he was a creator of "South Park" and three percent took a shot at country music star. Nearly two thirds (64 percent) said they did not know who he was and the percentage went even higher for those 45 and older. It shows that you don't have to be widely known in America to become very wealthy in Hollywood.