I love Anny Curry. She’s the dependable straight man on The Today Show, the focused news reporter of the four, the one who stands aside and smiles warmly while the others do their tricks, make their jokes and mug for the camera. She’s the mama to their babies. The Barbara Hershey to their Bette Midler.

“Look Ma! I’m dressed like J-Lo!”

“Oh Mattie, you look just like her.”

“Look Ma! I’m driving an eighteen-wheeler!”

“Who says girls can’t do it all, Baby?”

“Look Ma! I can read the weather!”

“You can do anything you set your mind to, Al honey.”

It’s not the sexiest of jobs–though she does look sexy doing it–but someone has to be the straight man. Otherwise, you end up with a bunch of clowns (just watch Spanish language morning programs to see what I mean). Meredith Viera, Matt Lauer and Al Roker wouldn’t be nearly as funny if they didn’t have someone to play off of. That’s why it was odd but not surprising that Ms. Curry would also want a little of the limelight for herself, and so she enrolled in a course in how to be funny.

Ann isn’t a joke teller. Sure, she’ll go bungee jumping or flying through a forest on a rope, but Curry can’t tell a joke to save her life. Like this is news. What is news is that she’s actually pretty funny. Yes, Ann Curry is funny. Watch her stand-up routine at Caroline’s Comedy Club and judge for yourself. She’s mostly Curry, with a splash of Cho, but a class act all the way. Who gonna hate on my Annie now?

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