So the Oscars are over for another year, and as usual the show blew. Not just because I failed to place in my own Oscar pool, but in the usual way the Oscar show blows – by being long, slow, and boring. Poor Jon Stewart, meeting the same fate as David Letterman and Chris Rock. There’s something about that show that makes it impossible for really funny performers to do what it is that makes them funny. Why is it that only determined middle-of-the-roaders like Billy Crystal emerge unscathed? Maybe it has to do with preconceptions. When Billy Crystal hosts, nobody expects any risks to be taken, and nobody’s disappointed by the resultant blandness. The one moment of life in Stewart’s performance came after the one real moment of life in the whole show – the Three 6 Mafia’s (sanitised) performance of “It’s Hard Out Here for a Pimp.” When the song won the Oscar, Stewart drolly observed, “I think it just got a little easier out here for a pimp.” That one ad lib had more wit than the whole night’s worth of somniferous scripted comments. Oh well. Too bad he’ll probably never get a second chance.