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Pat McMahon

Looking for laughs

Leonardo DiCaprio, left, and Martin Scorsese arrive at the 71st annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP)

Sunday night was the first of the major entertainment awards shows, and I'm not interested in commenting on something as subjective as winners and losers. I do want to reflect on one category of the Golden Globe-nominated films, however.

Did anything seem unusual to you about the choices for best comedy or musical?

Let's see, there was "American Hustle," whose leading characters were valueless cons with no integrity. There was "Her," the touching profile of a man so desperately lonely that his only meaningful relationship was with a machine. Another kind of isolation was the subject of "Inside Lllewyn Davis." The main character was a performer living with rejection in the early days of the folk music boom. And there were laughs in "Nebraska," but there was also the lingering shadows of senility, dementia and greed.

Now that's a trio of giggle makers, isn't it? And the final nominee in the category of comedy or musical, "The Wolf of Wall Street," which was three hours of doing it, snorting it and stealing it. There was music in all of them, but that's also true of "12 Years A Slave." Perhaps it's time to re-examine what we think is funny anymore.

I'm Pat McMahon.

About the Author

He's done it all -- and keeps doing it. His career in local Arizona radio and television dates back the late 60s. Pat always stimulates with his thought provoking, opinionated, and entertaining commentaries on the Arizona Morning News while hosting award-winning talkshows like "The McMahon Group" and "The God Show."

"The McMahon Group" features an unpredictable all-star panel where three people from the community get together and give their thoughts on the news of the week. He also hosts "The God Show" on Sunday's where he talks about all aspects of spirituality.

Pat is also well known outside of radio because of his multifaceted career as an actor, producer, recording artist, writer, broadcaster, and one-third of the legendary comedy team that was on TV for 35 years in Arizona, "The Wallace and Ladmo Show."

Through the many experiences of his professional life, Pat has been richly rewarded with 7 Emmys, major national and international radio awards as well as numerous civic, educational, religious and humanitarian awards. Pat was also a recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from Ottawa University, the Arizona Broadcasters Lifetime achievement Award, and has his bronze likeness hanging in the rotunda of the Herberger Theater in recognition of his contributions to Communications & The Arts.


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