When Funny or Die’s Adam McKay was tapped to direct The Big Short starring the hilarious Steve Carell, lots of people probably thought “Well, that’s a mistake. Wall Street isn’t funny.” So wrong. As Hollywood has begun noticing (comedy after comedy after comedy), Wall Street can be hilarious.
Lately, my biggest laughs have come while monitoring the reaction to a rule just proposed by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). That’s the little agency set up after the 2008 financial collapse “to protect consumers from abusive lending practices.” I’ve been digging for anything amusing I can find about this rule because, as Gawker put it, this CFPB rule is “one thing that is too boring for anyone to pay attention to and also will potentially destroy your life.” So let me explain - or let Gawker try: