Lead-writing rule: It’s good to open with conflict, right up top. Thus Edward Wyatt on Sarah Silverman:
Witness the might of “might”:
* IF there are people who only know Sarah Silverman from two movies, and
* IF those people, on watching The Aristocrats, concluded that this woman who appeared onscreen telling a joke, in the middle of a movie that consisted of dozens of veteran professional comedians telling a joke, was not a veteran professional comedian, and
* IF those people were then to hear that Silverman had landed a self-titled sitcom, and
then…what? They “might bristle.” Unless Edward Wyatt of the New York Times–having executed the classic Straw Man Lead, aka the Flying Pig–is there to placate them:
At ease, bristly people, wherever you might be! Edward Wyatt is here to tell you that Sarah Silverman is actually a hard-working comedy veteran. And, um, also (with less fanfare) that her “holy grail” sitcom consists of a six-show run on cable–which puts her in a bit of a a different league from Bob Newhart.