Donald Trump, PFT Commenter, and Political Satire on the Internet
I’ve been saying it for years: every generation gets the Father Guido Sarducci it deserves. And when Stephen Colbert stepped down as America’s pre-eminent Fictional Character Who Comments On Current Events Through a Familiar and Recognizable Cultural Lens, Thereby Reflecting the Inherent... [Read More]
Why comedy is required participation for those both in and out of political office
Now more than ever, comedy is driving the political conversations while exposing the truth through it’s medium. Comedy outlets allow us to tackle discussions left untouched by conventional means. All while burning calories through laughter. Now, politicians making appearances on television tal... [Read More]
Stephen Colbert books Michelle Obama up against Trevor Noah Daily Show debut
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert puts another stake and claim in the politics game by booking First Lady Michelle Obama the same night Trevor Noah is set to make his debut as host of the newly revamped Daily Show on Comedy Central. “It’s always an honor to have the First Lady,” s... [Read More]
Is Jeremy Corbyn too nice for satire?
A man being persuaded to compromise on his lofty ideals could make for great comedy – but given the best satire kicks against the strong, it could be hard to wring gags from the underdog CorbynWhen Jeremy Corbyn was elected leader of the Labour party last Saturday, did Britain’s satirist... [Read More]
What's the one consolation of 10 years of Tories? Some decent political comedy
Political comedy used be an orthodox, tub-thumping affair. Today, it’s a far subtler art, with Nish Kumar, Sheeps, Stewart Lee and Ahir Shah all reinventing the form You can tell plenty about the state of a nation from its comedy. Throughout the noughties, live comedy was by and large unintere... [Read More]
Remembering Donald Trump’s Sex Comedy Debut in the Afterlife-Themed ‘Ghosts Can’t Do It’
At the sub-Vaudevillian freak show that was the recent Republican debate, freak-in-the-lead Donald Trump was introduced as a “businessman.” That is technically accurate. As Trump has established to a nauseating degree over the past thirty years, his “art” is the art of the de... [Read More]
Chris Gethard Breaks Down Which Republican Presidential Candidates Would Be the Best (and Worst) Improvisers
If you’re looking for an alternative review of last night’s Republican debate, look no further than today’s breakdown in Vanity Fair by TCGS host and experienced improv coach Chris Gethard, who was asked to rate all ten candidates as if they were his own improv students. Here&rsquo... [Read More]
Goodbye Jon Stewart, thanks for all of the fun
I don’t particularly remember the exact date I began watching The Daily Show, but I recall my earliest memory of it. I was in college, looking for off-campus housing to spend my sophomore year, around 1997. I ventured into a potential domicile that could house my prized CD collection. A young ... [Read More]
Obama Shouldn’t Be a One-Off: Why Comedy Podcasters Should Embrace Politicians
A few days after interviewing President Obama on his WTF podcast, Marc Maron traveled to New York and did some press about the historic episode. In one radio interview Maron makes a point to defend the sanctity of his podcast, saying this was a rare opportunity that he couldn’t possibly pass u... [Read More]
Marc Maron to interview President Barack Obama on his WTF? Podcast
If this isn’t an indication that podcasting has hit the mainstream, I don’t know what is. This Friday, Marc Maron will interview President Barack Obama. That’s right, the sitting U.S. President will be guest one of the most celebrated podcasts the medium has. Maron tapes the podcas... [Read More]