David Cook has been in the limelight for less than two years, but he’s apparently already burned out by reporters asking him the same five questions. Late last week, Cook posted a new episode of his webshow “Pork Beans” in which the singer interviews a rubber chicken (named “Crazy Legs”) by regurgitating particularly inane questions he’s been asked since winning “American Idol” in 2008.
Among the vapid queries:
“Is Simon really that mean in person?”
“What’s the last year of your life been like since I won ‘American Idol?’”
“Who do you like better from Season 8, Adam or Kris?”
“What are your thoughts on Paula Abdul leaving ‘American Idol?’” (Whoops. I totally asked Kris Allen that question last week. So kill me, I still think it was newsworthy!)
On one hand, I think the video — entitled “A Ficus Flows Between Us” — is a rather sharp satire on the state of music reporting. Bad questions that will make for easy “clickable” headlines? Check. (Although no “Twilight” question, David? Tsk tsk.) Generic responses from the artist/chicken which could all be interchanged with each other? Check! Fake interest from the interviewer after each answer? Yep, he nails that, too. One could even look deeper into the video and note that the chicken can’t respond until a hand (or perhaps record label?) squeezes it.
But on the other hand, David Cook should be careful not to come off as a jaded rock star. While I find the clip to be amusing, I could see how others might look at it and go, “Well forget that guy. I won’t bother interviewing him when he plays the California State Fair next week.”
The interview lasts for about four minutes and then second half is a series of outtakes. (Hmm … I wonder where he got that idea?) So check it out and let us know what you think! Too funny or too bitter? Also, are there any questions David missed that you hope “Idol” reporters retire from their tired repertoire? I know I could live without the generic “Give advice to future contestant”s line. Yawn!