Each week, I will be compiling a list of late-night comedy-related articles and video recommendations.
- In an article in Time magazine, Kathryn Cramer Brownell wrote about how, exactly 40 years ago this weekend, SNL debuted its first political parody. This ushered in a new era of political commentary, as well as a new perspective on the need for political figures to be seen as entertaining.
What happens, however, when entertainment becomes not just a tool to engage and communicate, as it has in the past, but the defining and driving component of a contest to win an office that also involves making substantial decisions about domestic and international affairs?”
- Madeline Kaplan declared her love for Samantha Bee (or, in her words, ‘Samantha Bae’) and her show “Full Frontal” in an article in the Yale Daily News.
…the material Bee presents often falls halfway between journalism and humor, making salient political and moral arguments between jokes and asides.”
- The Hollywood Reporter crunched the number of various late-night shows and the success of their segments online. This infographic tells you about who is getting the most views and watch time in late-night:
- Bernie Sanders appeared on “The Nightly Show” to speak in defense of New York values. I think he made a pretty good argument.
- John Oliver pointed out the flaws of credit reports in the latest episode of “Last Week Tonight.”
- On “The Daily Show,” correspondents Jessica Williams and Ronny Chieng addressed the discriminatory issue of sexual racism.
- This week, Seth Meyers’ ‘A Closer Look’ segments focused on the Panama Papers, Donald Trump’s delegate troubles and Goldman Sachs’ fines.