'Daily Show' comedy bit turns into Iran spy drama for Newsweek's Maziar Bahari | THR
Did Comedy Central's "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart" help cause a Newsweek reporter to be detained by Iranian police for 118 days? On June 21, Newsweek's Maziar Bahari was taken from his bed and accused of being a spy.. [Read More]
Brian Williams - Jon Stewart Is Indispensable | Comedy Central Insider
Newsweek has come out with a list of the decade's top "Influencers," and Jon Stewart ranked second. Even better, they let Brian Williams write the accompanying profile, and he said a lot of nice things [Read More]
Fox News Just Can't Stop Responding to Jon Stewart's Comedy Program | Gawker
Tonight, Bill O'Reilly's guest couldn't let Jon Stewart jest and jape at his expense without a rebuttal. Bernard Goldberg is a Fox News commentator, but it seems like he's also an aspiring satirist himself.. [Read More]
Comedians pull back from the edge in BBC 'culture of fear' | Times Online
A climate of fear created by the Director-General of the BBC has forced comedians into a culture of self-censorship, according to the man behind Have I Got News for You. Jimmy Mulville, managing director of Hat Trick Productions, producer of the panel show, said that the corporation's focus on compliance since the outrage caused by prank calls made by Jonathan Ross and Russell Brand on Radio 2 was stifling comic writers. [Read More]
Newsweek Turns to Tina Tricks: Meet Guest Editor … Stephen Colbert! | The New York Observer
For the next issue that hits newsstands on June 8, Comedy Central funnyman Stephen Colbert will be Newsweek's guest editor, The Observer has learned. Mr. Meacham said the idea was born from a lunch he had with Mr. Colbert at Gabriel's near Columbus Circle. "I was just very impressed with the range of his knowledge and he had an almost encyclopedic feel for anything that came up," said Mr. Meacham. "As we think about ways to both inform and surprise readers of the magazine, the notion of having h... [Read More]
Laughing at the News: Comedy Writers Speak | AFL-CIO
On Friday at 7:30 p.m. at the Newseum in Washington, D.C., the Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) will explore this change in the public's news consuming habits and the growing synergy between Washington, Wall Street, the media, and the late night comedy/variety programs. Billed as "Writers Speak! A Potentially Regrettable Evening With Comedy Writers," comedy writers from the top late night and "fake news" shows will perform stand up routines and then lead a panel discussion, moderated by WGA... [Read More]
Pakistan: Where news satire comedy is beaten to the punchline | The Guardian
In Pakistan, the country to which I pay particular attention, there are now no less than three weekly satirical news shows, the first of which, The 4 Man Show, started in 2006, followed by The Real News and News Weakly; all clearly bear the imprint of The Daily Show. [Read More]
Why is Glenn Beck doing comedy tours? - the comic's comic
Perhaps you remember Glenn Beck from the talk radio or from CNN Headline News, but now that he's the new darling of FOX News, Beck has a higher profile among media observers. And so it is that I'm learning about his proclivity for performing some sort of folksy one-man show stand-up type routine to conservative theatergoers when he's not on the air. Here's the AP report from Sunday announcing Glenn Beck's June 2009 tour, with shows in Denver, Phoenix, San Diego, Kansas City, Houston and Richmond... [Read More]
Daily Show and Colbert Report Replacing Traditional News Sources?
Here's some kind of depressing news about The Daily Show and The Colbert Report. Apparently, an unsettlingly high number of people think they're capable of replacing traditional news sources.. Thirty-two percent (32%) of adults ages 30-39 believe this to be true, while 42% disagree, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey. Thirty percent (30%) of those ages 18-29 say programs like the two Comedy Central shows that feature news reports with a comic twist are replacing tradi... [Read More]
How's Your News?: Producer Arthur Bradford and Reporter Jeremy Vest on The Sound of Young America
The Sound of Young America's guests this week are two of the folks behind "How's Your News," a new MTV series which follows a group of reporters with physical and developmental disabilities around the country as they interview celebrities and just plain folks. The show is hilarious, insightful and a whole lot of fun (for both the viewer and, apparently, the reporters). Producer Arthur Bradford has grown "How's Your News?" from a summer camp activity to a feature-length film and now to it's curre... [Read More]