04 November 2008

Hoff is the new Shat.

It occurred to me today that David Hasselhoff is the new William Shatner.

They both starred in once highly popular, high budget shows, that are now considered the pinnacle of cheesiness. They have both had comical music careers, The Shat with his laconic chatty style, utterly unburdened by bothersome musicality; The Hoff with his Cheese-Rock, so beloved of Germans, Austrians and other Arian nations.

They both suffered from career lag and credibility dive in middle age, and they both have made new careers of taking the piss out of their old careers. Fake self-deprecation that leaves vast egos undented, and self-reinvention as caricatures of themselves seems to be a successful formula.

If Baywatch was Hoff's T.J. Hooker, now all he needs is his own Boston Legal.