9780814731987

Satire TV: Politics and Comedy in the Post-Network Era

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  • ISBN13:

    9780814731987

  • ISBN10:

    0814731988

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2009-04-01
  • Publisher: New York Univ Pr

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Summary

Satirical TV has become mandatory viewing for citizens wishing to make sense of the bizarre contemporary state of political life. Shifts in industry economics and audience tastes have re-made television comedy, once considered a wasteland of escapist humour, into what is arguably the most popular source of political critique. From fake news and pundit shows to animated sitcoms and mash-up videos, satire has become an important avenue for processing politics in informative and entertaining ways, and satire TV is now its own thriving, viable television genre.Satire TVexamines what happens when comedy becomes political, and politics become funny. A series of original essays focus on a range of programs, fromThe Daily ShowtoSouth Park,Da Ali G ShowtoThe Colbert Report,The BoondockstoSaturday Night Live,Lil' BushtoChappelle's Show, along with Internet D.I.Y. satire and essays on British and Canadian satire. They all offer insights into what today's class of satire tells us about the current state of politics, of television, of citizenship, all the while suggesting what satire adds to the political realm that news and documentaries cannot.

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