Friday, November 13, 2009

NEA Funds 'Document Show'

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Chairman Rocco Landesman announced the National Endowment for the Arts would underwrite The Document Show. Set to air this winter on PBS, the new, hour-long weekly program would feature government documents flipping across the screen, underscored by rap music. "We're not your father's NEA," quipped Landesman. "Our first program showcased the 1974 Waterways and Fisheries Act, set to the music of Scarface and the Geto Boys." When asked about the entertainment or educational value of obscure documents zipping past, Landesman shrugged. "The government is alot like Brewster's Millions: spend it fast or have funding cut in the future. I didn't think it possible, but I'm running out of stuff to spend it on. Maybe it's just the pressure." Landesman mentioned several additional NEA projects including an animated series based on the popular children's book, Peter the Nearsighted Cyclops, and a six-hour environmental special describing a world in which the earth's most energetic global warming activists vanished. "Can you imagine no one talking about sustainability and carbon footprints? How scary is that?" (Photo:

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