Stephen Colbert looks for answers on campaign finance
Stephen Colbert delights in lampooning politicians on his Comedy Central show, but he plans to raise some serious issues about public disclosure of corporate campaign contributions before the Federal Election Commission on Thursday. Colbert is asking the commission on for a so-called media exemption to allow him to use his show's airtime, staff and other resources for his political action committee without having to publicly disclose them as in-kind contributions from Comedy Central's parent com... [Read More]
Latenight comedians can sway opinion | Variety
"What Jon Stewart has to say while arguing about (rapper) Common with Bill O'Reilly is not just seen by Jon Stewart's audience," says Robert J. Thompson, a professor at Syracuse U. and the director of the Bleier Center for Television and Popular Culture. "It's replayed and talked about on the morning shows the next day, and it then becomes part of the political discussion. The ratings might not look that high. But their influence is considerably greater." [Read More]
Jon Stewart’s uncut appearance on Fox News Sunday; is he trying to become a political player?
Yesterday, Jon Stewart made his debut on the Sunday morning political talk show circuit – and of course he’d end up on Fox. The comedian had a chat with Chris Wallace that, at times, was more than a little bit tense. The heat of the interview peaked... [Read More]
GOP hires President Obama impersonator, backfires. Racial jokes: OK; Republican jokes: Not so much
FOX News has hired Reggie Brown, an impersonator of President Barack Obama, to perform a song for Mike Huckabee and debate actual Congressman Ron Paul for John Stossel. So why not invite Brown to do his Obama for some yuks... [Read More]
FunnyNotSlutty's Open Call to Nominate "Victoria Jackson" for President
Ok, Victoria Jackson isn't really running for president. But a comedy website,, is seeking submissions for a fake presidential campaign they're launching on behalf of the former Saturday Night Live cast member-turned-conservative wackjob. Details: [Read More]
Can Conservative Political Humor Be Funny? An Examination of The 1/2 Hour News Hour and An American Carol
The ½ Hour News Hour and An American Carol were a television show and feature film made by conservatives, for conservatives, at the expense of liberals. And yet their objective badness is perhaps one of the few issues in the last half decade on which liberals and conservatives are in agreement. They... [Read More]
The Backlash Against Brazil's Anti-Humor Law
Last year, the superior electoral court decided to start enforcing what quickly became known as the “anti humor” law. Al Jazeera described the details as no “trickery, montage, or other feature of audio or video in any way that degrades or ridicules a candidate, party or coalition or to deliver a program that has this effect.” Pretty much the same deal as the original version of the law. But here’s the kicker, the law only goes into effect the last three months before the election. [Read More]
Stephen Colbert's Filing with the FEC Posted Online
Curious as to what Stephen Colbert and his lawyer Trevor Potter dropped off at the FEC last Friday? They've posted the entire letter online, which is as full of legalese as you'd expect an FEC filing to be, albeit legalese about Stephen Colbert. So, you know, the most fun kind of legalese. [Read More]
The Serious Implications of Stephen Colbert's FEC Stunt | The Atlantic Wire
some are speculating that this stunt might actually motivate an important political cause that arose following the 2010 Supreme Court case Citizens United v. FEC, where the court struck down laws barring corporations from donating money. The Republican win in the 2010 midterm elections is in part attributed to advertising dollars made possible by the Citizens United decision. [Read More]
Stephen Colbert PAC: Fans Cheer Outside Federal Election Commission As Comedian Files Papers
Hundreds of fans cheered Stephen Colbert as he delivered legal papers to the Federal Election Commission on Friday afternoon in his continued attempt to form his own political action committee. The Comedy Central political satirist told reporters he was there because he supports the Supreme Court's Citizens United ruling, which gutted decades of post-Watergate campaign finance laws. "There should be unlimited campaign money," Colbert said, staying in character as the right-wing blowhard he portr... [Read More]