Saturday, March 05, 2005

Who was the guy who used to imitate John F. Kennedy?

It wasn't Mort Sahl; it certainly wasn't Lenny Bruce.

Actor Edward Moss portrays Michael Jackson in The Michael Jackson Trial.

The theatre of the absurd that is the Trial Of Michael Jackson premiered last night. Details about Jackson's alleged sordid bedroom behaviour with his sleep-over kiddie pals -- as introduced last night in shocking opening arguments -- should hook viewers for months.

The nightly, half-hour recreations (airing locally on Star! at 7 p.m. and MuchMoreMusic at 9 p.m.) are taken from transcripts of the previous day's testimony. (Cameras were banned from the real courtroom.) Actors play all the key roles, including the 46-year-old singer, his lawyers, the judge and the prosecuting attorneys.

It airs in the U.S. on E!, which is, coincidentally, the sound Jackson makes on many of his records.

Actor Edward Moss plays the mock Michael. He sat silent in last night's debut, black wig, white makeup and plastic nose in place.

Really, it's time we had Court TV do what it was made for: give us spectacle. Besides, if they don't the Rupert Murdochs of the world are just going to make up shit anyway.

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