Laugh to Keep From Crying: Comedy Writers on Making Politics Funny

When late-night funnyman Jimmy Kimmel tried to broker a debate between Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders, the entertainment element of modern politics became undeniable. And as the line has continually blurred between entertainment and news, a full 10 percent of young adults lost their most trusted sources of political news in Jon Stewart's version of “The Daily Show” and Stephen Colbert’s “The Colbert Report.” Perhaps because our politics have gotten so ugly, and the coverage so constant, comedy and satire provide such needed relief. Hear from the writers behind Weekend Update, on “Saturday Night Live”, “The Daily Show,” and Obama’s best jokes at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner about how they find fun amidst the rancor, and how to laugh to keep from crying this election season.
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Festival: 2016

Watch and Listen: U.S.A.

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