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November 3, 2011

Whiffs on The Daily Show

Yale Daily News::

No longer will the Whiffenpoofs be known only as the world's oldest collegiate a cappella group — they have now also been deemed the "rich man's human microphone."

In a Tuesday skit on The Daily Show With Jon Stewart, five former Whiffs (or Spizzwinks, or members of Yale's general a cappella scene, regardless, we know we see Sam Bolen '11, a Whiff) help the humorist John Hodgman '94 illustrate the threat the wealthy face in the United States. The top 1 percent of income-earners, Hodgman explains, are a "persecuted minority," and he calls on the singers to support his explanation of how he became a millionaire without anyone's help. From one sentence to the next, the a cappella group pitches in to help him share his "inspired story."

When Hodgman fires the a cappella members to prove to Stewart that "demonizing the rich" can lead to consequences such as job loss, the five singers, in harmony, lament the students loans they yet have to repay.

"Well you should have thought of that before you went to Yale," Hodgman responds. "And majored in a cappella." Watch the segment here.

I did see this last night (I always watch at least the first segment of the Daily Show) and its always fun to see a cappella groups popping up all over the place. BTW I also heard John Hodgman on NPR yesterday and his new book sounds hilarious.

Posted by acapnews at November 3, 2011 12:40 AM


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