Security Think Tank: 'Comedians are our best defence against terror' | Chortle
Comedians are doing more in the fight against terrorism than the Government, according to one senior defence analyst. Professor Michael Clarke, a former advisor to the UN who now runs international security think-tank Royal United Services Institute, says that mocking extremists is the best solution to home-grown terrorism as it strips them of any supposed glamour. [Read More]
Wanda Sykes Kills At White House Correspondents' Dinner (VIDEO)
Wanda Sykes, the comedian featured at tonight's White House Correspondents' Dinner, took shots at Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, and former VP candidate Sarah Palin. She speculated that Limbaugh was actually the 20th hijacker on 9/11, derided Hannity for not living up to his pledge to be waterboarded for the troops, and made a fabulous off-color joke about Sarah Palin pulling out at the last minute. [Read More]
Why We Can't Get Enough of Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert and Bill Maher | AlterNet
That's My Bush! and Lil' Bush bookend the Bush presidency. Both proved popular with audiences, but more important, both served as vehicles for processing the "meaning" of the president in real time (as does the news). If the president himself spends great effort in manufacturing and shaping his own imagery (again, as does the press), then it is rather significant that satirical television programming does the same, for the president is nothing if not symbolic. [Read More]
Michael Winship: How Comedy Impacts Politics
In retrospect, we knew we were done for the night Johnny Carson said George McGovern sounded like Liberace. Those of us working on McGovern's 1972 presidential campaign staff had seen some highs and lows: the extraordinary campaign of primary victories that won him the Democratic nomination; the screwed-up party convention and crash dive when his vice presidential candidate Tom Eagleton was forced to withdraw after revelations of electroshock therapy. But Johnny Carson making that joke on "The T... [Read More]
Dieudonne M'Bala M'Bala's Comedy of Hate | WSJ
With his attacks on Jews and Israel and his effortless switch from the far left to the far right, French comedy star Dieudonné has probably done more to expose the faux distinction between anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism than any true defender of Israel. The comedian has a strong fan base among Muslim immigrants in the banlieues, but his audience has been mostly white middle class. Of African background (his father is from Cameroon) and politically left, he couldn't possibly be a racist in the e... [Read More]
Caissie St. Onge: Comedy and Politics: Together Forever
"How did we get to a place where, rather than just riffing on the news, comedy actually had the power to, in many ways, supplant it? The mainstream media was always supposed to be unbiased, which we recently seem to have figured out is kind of a big fat lie. Journalists traded integrity for access and we suffered. Comedians present a more honest proposition: they're obviously biased, bred to say what others dare not and willing to exploit anything for a laugh. In fact, it's the comic's tendency ... [Read More]
France seeks poll bar for comic Dieudonne M'Bala M'Bala | BBC NEWS
French authorities are trying to ban a comedian from fielding candidate lists in European polls because they believe he holds anti-Semitic opinions. Dieudonne M'Bala M'Bala is going on trial later on Tuesday on charges of inciting hatred against Jews. The 42-year-old stand-up comic plans to present candidates in at least five of France's regions in June's polls. [Read More]
Funny thing about Obama ... | Los Angeles Times
"Some people in the black community see any sort of criticism of Obama as a betrayal," said David Alan Grier. "But my thing is, it's not a betrayal. It's just jokes. That's what comedy is." [Read More]
How we laughed: "political satire is dead in the UK" | The Spectator
The UK's Lloyd Evans charts the "death of political satire" in the UK and looks to where comedy is heading next. "Oddly enough, despite the muddled heads of our present masters, political satire is almost completely absent from today's stand-up culture. Comedy has turned elsewhere, and the circuit thrives as never before with freak-show acts, music-hall turns and caustic, foul-mouthed grandmothers." [Read More]
Al Franken wins round in Minnesota Senate race
A Minnesota court panel ruled on Monday that Democrat Al Franken beat Republican incumbent Norm Coleman in the long-fought contest for a U.S. Senate seat and said the comic turned politician should be certified as the winner. The contest, however, is far from over. Coleman has already said he would appeal the widely anticipated ruling to the Minnesota Supreme Court and possibly to federal courts. [Read More]