Culture | 6:56 pm | November 2, 2011 | By Gavan Gideon

“Whiffs” star on Daily Show

A screenshot of the "Whiffs" appearing on The Daily Show.
A screenshot of the "Whiffs" appearing on The Daily Show. Photo by Gavan Gideon.

No longer will the Whiffenpoofs be known only as the world’s oldest collegiate a cappella group — they have now also been deemed the “rich man’s human microphone.”

In a Tuesday skit on The Daily Show With Jon Stewart, five former Whiffs (or Spizzwinks, or members of Yale’s general a cappella scene, regardless, we know we see Sam Bolen ’11, a Whiff) help the humorist John Hodgman ’94 illustrate the threat the wealthy face in the United States. The top 1 percent of income-earners, Hodgman explains, are a “persecuted minority,” and he calls on the singers to support his explanation of how he became a millionaire without anyone’s help. From one sentence to the next, the a cappella group pitches in to help him share his “inspired story.”

When Hodgman fires the a cappella members to prove to Stewart that “demonizing the rich” can lead to consequences such as job loss, the five singers, in harmony, lament the students loans they yet have to repay.

“Well you should have thought of that before you went to Yale,” Hodgman responds. “And majored in a cappella.”

Watch the video below.

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