Political humorists, Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert.
The Daily Show is a satirical television show that focuses on daily news events. It was originally hosted by Craig Kilborn in 1996. Jon Stewart took over in 1999. The show has since become a ratings blockbuster.
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One can never really tell when Stewart is serious or not, without a straight face. He’s got excellent comedic timing. He takes on politicians, news correspondents and other entertainers on various political issues. He will challenge those on specific issues. He’s relentless when it comes to his passion.
The Colbert Report is a spin- off of The Daily Show. Stephen Colbert is a political humorist. His fictional character, Colbert, is a caricature of news pundits, Sean Hannity, Bill O’Reilly and Geraldo Rivera. He too, has that classic straight face. His name is pronounced as “Col Bear.”
Most recently, Colbert wanted to counteract Glenn Beck’s rally at the Lincoln Memorial. He entitled it as The Truthiness Rally.” We’ll have to wait and see what’s in store for us with Colbert’s wicked sense of humor.
Both, Stewart and Colbert, remind me of the old political satirist Pat Paulson who used to be on “The Smothers Brothers.” He was another comedian who took his schtick and made it into an art form.
Luckily, in today’s age, political humor is used by most stand up comedians, whether it be David Letterman with his Top Ten list, or Jay Leno’s Jaywalking .
Politicians are not just here to serve us, but to be the brunt of our jokes. We need a little levity today, considering all that’s going on in the world.