I used to think he was a grumpy old space-waster.  And sometimes I think he is.  But he can pull out some real gems occassionally, and he has a habit of actually referencing literature and history and the other things most of us learned about in high school and college and promptly forgot about – and he references them in unexpected, authentic ways.  He’ll also, very occasionally, press someone for a real answer.
Here’s a winner: