November 13, 2018

Political Humor Isn’t That Funny

“One-sided politics are killing late-night comedy, but maybe not in the way that you think. It is true that in recent years, with rare exception, late-night comedy talk shows have shifted their content from humor to propaganda for progressive politics.

While politics have always served as fodder for late-night monologues, it wasn’t until Jon Stewart politicized “The Daily Show” in the early 2000s that the idea of proclaiming political opinion as a comedian would be well received. Stewart invented the “Smart Liberal Comedian Host,” and today it seems as though every television network has its own version.

Stewart’s development of this brand, coupled with his confrontational interviews with members of the George W. Bush administration, also coincided with the dawn of the shareable Internet video. Stewart’s interviews and sharp-tongued monologues could be shared in bite-sized clips via email for the first time in history.”

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