Barry, a lounge singer from Florida who perhaps inexplicably made it to the quarterfinals of America’s best known televised talent show, appears to be a favorite of Mandel’s, much to the very vocal dismay of Stern.
Not even the parade of hot chicks circling the white tuxed mini performer during his segment were enough to get Stern’s positive attention – which, as we all know by now, is really, really, saying something.
And though Mandel told Barry flat out that, “You’re not a very good singer,” he followed it up with, “but you’re an amazing character,” who would make a great “novelty act.”
Stern, no stranger to what he considers comedy, made the point that “When I took the job, I took it seriously.”
The two judges got into a standing in-your-face type of argument that spanned a commercial break.
If you haven’t seen Barry, but have seen "Twin Peaks," picture the little person in the red room doing a lounge act… wait, didn’t he actually do a lounge act? Anyway, that’s not a little person generalization or anything, it's actually a solid comparison as to what’s happening here.
So (even though, as a lifelong anti-fan, I never thought I’d say this, but…) I’m going to have to side with Stern on this one….
But now that I think about the whole David Lynch angle, Mandel might have a point on the whole “novelty act” thing. Seriously.