Category: blog

Thoughts on Stephen Colbert and the future of late-night

Ever since it was announced that Stephen Colbert of “The Colbert Report,” would be replacing David Letterman as host of the “Late Show,” countless late-night viewers found themselves asking, “Who is the real Stephen Colbert?” Who was the man behind the fictional blowhard host of the satirical late-night show? Even now, eight months since the show’s […]

They don’t love you like I love you: ‘Lemonade’ takes over late-night

Beyoncé’s hour-long visual album “Lemonade” dropped last week, and it’s been the object of many music-lovers’ attention. Of course, many late-night hosts were also quick to capitalize on the media frenzy. Watch the hosts’ various hilarious attempts to bask in Bey’s spotlight: James Corden’s monologue was a (beautifully shot) visual journey.

How the internet has changed the landscape of late-night TV

Years ago, people who wanted to hear a nightly comedy monologue and see their favorite celebrities interviewed on TV had to gather around the television set and tune in when the “Tonight Show” or “Late Show” aired. If viewers missed an episode, there was little chance they would get another chance to see it, and they would […]

LATE NIGHT LINKS | APRIL 8 – APRIL 16

Each week, I will be compiling a list of late-night comedy-related articles and video recommendations. Read:  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 […]

Can satire help restore media accountability?

In 2004, Jon Stewart — a news satirist from a comedy network — basically single-handedly derailed a CNN show by calling out its lack of journalistic integrity. “Stop hurting America,” he begged the hosts of “Crossfire,” a current events debate program that had been airing nightly since 1982. That’s right. A comedian took it upon himself to tell journalists […]

Talking with “Daily Show” correspondents Jordan Klepper and Roy Wood Jr.

Last week, due to an exciting coincidence, I had the opportunity to interview Jordan Klepper and Roy Wood Jr. of “The Daily Show” about their upcoming performance at my university. As a big fan of political satire, and the author of a blog that focuses on the topic, I also used the opportunity to ask the two comedians about […]

Ugh, fine — let’s talk about Trump

Donald Trump has been in the news almost nonstop since he announced he was running for president in June of last year. Since then, he has had a knack for making controversial, out-of-the-box statements that have provided plenty of fodder for news outlets and political satirists alike. And yet — despite all of his tomfoolery — Trump not only […]