Each week, I will be compiling a list of late-night comedy-related articles and video recommendations.
- Human rights activist Cherno Biko wrote in Advocate.com about her experience behind the scenes during the trans-themed episode of “The Daily Show.”
The media can be a powerful tool for changing people’s perceptions and raising awareness, and this episode of ‘The Daily Show’ was a critical intervention… Folks like us must continue to share our stories and shift our culture towards a more loving, empathetic and compassionate place for the most vulnerable.”
- According to the New York Post, a New Jersey teacher was forced to resign after showing his class John Oliver’s infamous Donald Trump video. The Middletown South High School teacher was pushed out after getting complaints from a parent who had learned about the screening from her child.
- On a brighter note, Entertainment Weekly compiled a list of some of John Oliver’s greatest take-downs on “Last Week Tonight.”
(Oliver) knows how to hit his enemies where it hurts, and does so in creative ways that often extend into the world beyond his desk, sometimes achieving real goals or at least changing the narrative on a subject.”
- This week on “Last Week Tonight,” John Oliver discussed a national problem that affects countless lives — lead poisoning — and how little lawmakers are doing to help rectify this crisis.
- Trevor Noah had a special guest on “The Daily Show” — former Republican presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson, who wasn’t afraid to poke fun at himself. Noah also talked about how Fox News seems to have a problem with the decision to feature Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill.
- Speaker of the House Paul Ryan made his very first late-night talk show appearance on the “Late Show,” where Stephen Colbert tested Ryan’s resolve not to accept the GOP nomination.
- On “Full Frontal,” Samantha Bee talked to a bunch of “Bernie Bros” to learn about why they support their preferred candidate.
- SNL also had some good political parodies this week, including a spoof of the most recent Democratic debate, as well as campaign ad for Paul Ryan (who is definitely not interested in running for president.)