Why mocking the news doesn’t hit so hard now
3. Comedy news shattered into a million pieces.
But Trump is gone (is he gone?) – so shouldn’t comedy news be bouncing back?
To be clear, there’s more comedy news than ever, largely because of the past decade. Daily show Success. The Stewart version of the show exploded into a number of smaller asteroids, including Noah’s Daily show suite, at Oliver Last week tonightand Samantha Bee Full frontal. Old Daily show correspondent Michael Che brought some of this show’s sensibilities to SNL Weekend update.
Then add Seth Meyers’ “Closer Look” segments, Colbert’s overtly political segments Last showand Stewart The problem with. by Greg Gutfeld Gutfeld! outshines most late-night viewers with its conservative take on fun news.
And that’s not counting all the comedy news shows that premiered after Stewart’s departure but didn’t survive (many featuring Daily show alums): The Night Show with Larry Wilmore, The opposition with Jordan Klepper, Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj, Wyatt Cenac’s problemsand Breaking up with Michelle Wolf.
Can you see the problem here? In Stewart’s heyday, the only television comedy news competing for our attention was SNL and the Colbert Report (which was essentially an extension of the Daily show).
Now, comedy news has broken out — perhaps as funny as ever (although that’s debatable), but undeniably less impactful since neither show has captured the zeitgeist.
And while the progressive Stewart often took aim at liberal icons like barack obama and Nancy Pelosi, comedy news is now guilty of the same sins as the cable news networks that The daily show was satirizing, presenting a point of view that only reinforces the political views of his chosen audience.
Somehow we created comedy echo chambers.
“We understand that we preach to the choir”, admits Samantha Bee. “We speak to our audience, a very specific audience and an audience that we love. And we don’t sit around imagining that our stories are going to change the minds of people who are very reluctant to watch the show or hear what our point of view would be.
We are not going to proclaim that humorous news is dead. There will be another Onion Where Daily show at one point, a comedic information vehicle that makes us look at the news in a new way. But could he hurry and get here already?
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