The Proof of the Spoof
To create the most effective spoof,
Select a genius not a goof.
Employ a person so superior
No one could ever class inferior,
For if your choice is near the top,
You cannot cause his fame to drop
By giving him a gentle ribbing
Or with a sting in your ad-libbing:
Such things can't threaten his acumen –
They'll make him just a bit more human.
So let this be your comic rule:
"Laugh with the statesman, not at the fool."