Longtime lurker, love this forum, it's polite and yet critical and non-insipid.
I keep reading through the threads to see if anyone else thinks Snorgie may be actually ill. Years ago I had a boss who demonstrated similar behavior--word pronounciation issues, "scripted" sounding questions and responses--this was a very smart guy who ran a successful business for years, but about a decade later it came out he had early Alzheimer's. In retrospect, his strange behavior made a lot more sense, and I felt bad about my thoughts/snark.
One of the things I noticed with this person and other people with dementia--they're like the definition of crazy, e.g., "if you think you're crazy you probably aren't"? It seems like a huge characteristic of this disease is not knowing you have it, and maybe everyone around you doesn't want to admit it so they protect you (especially if you're a public figure like Snoory or my old boss...) I wonder if the producers give him a script and he has some vague idea about following it and that's all he can do, like some part of him knows he's impaired and the rest of him is focused on the next three seconds. I dunno, I never even looked this up on the almighty interwebs, just a sense.
I totally deplore Snorgy's destruction of the show, because it's got great potential even sans Art Bell (who was a great host but somehow reminded me of a Bangcok sex tourist)--but I wonder if maybe the whole team is kind of propping George up.
PS, if you like Knapp, he's got an awesome archive of well written and serious columns for the Vegas alt paper, can't remember the paper's name (yeah, I'm demented early too) but google is the friend of the slightly idiotic, like me. PPS: anagrammy is equal parts interesting theory, white wine, affectionate reminiscence, and storytelling. Maybe I will be like that someday not too long from now, and regale my grandbabies with amazing stories and listen to theirs, like I do with my kids, I hope.