About the blogger: Amy Bree Becker is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mass Communication & Communication Studies at Towson University. Her research considers the impact of political comedy and political entertainment on everyday life. She also studies public opinion and participation on controversial political issues like the same-sex marriage debate.
Professor Becker will share her top 5 political comedy picks each month.
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Top 5 Political Comedy Highlights from July 2011
1. The Daily Show’s Armadebtdon 2011: It’s time to call Congress
The budget showdown and the debate over raising the country’s debt ceiling have captured the attention of Americans and late-night comedians this month. Stewart’s Armadebtdon 2011 series on The Daily Show has kept viewers entertained while offering critical commentary on the state of affairs and the negotiations -- or lack thereof -- happening in Washington DC. While there were a number of good clips in this series, the funniest was from the July 26th broadcast. In the segment, Jon Stewart reacts to President Obama’s address to the nation from the room where: “He took that long walk down we killed Bin Laden Lane.” The hammer and sickle bit and the fake removal of the “begolden” chairs were particularly funny. The clip also shows that Stewart takes great pains to make fun of politicians from both political parties – not just Republicans. And remember viewers -- it’s time to call Congress. The Daily Show With Jon StewartMon - Thurs 11p / 10cArmadebtdon 2011 - Call Congresswww.thedailyshow.comDaily Show Full EpisodesPolitical Humor & Satire BlogThe Daily Show on Facebook
2. Michelle Bachmann and her Modern Family
Michelle Bachmann continues to attract attention. Even during July when the news was dominated by the News Corp scandal, violence in Norway, the legalization of same-sex marriage in New York, and the ongoing debate over the budget and that now infamous debt ceiling, Bachmann still served as fodder for late-night comedians. On Fox News, Bachmann made the mistake of suggesting that President Obama has “choot-spa,” rather than chutzpah and news of her migraines prompted The Onion to post a story on July 27th with the headline: Bachmann Says Unexplained Blackouts From Which She Wakes Up Covered In Blood Won't Affect Ability To Lead. The best piece of the month on Bachmann: Jon Stewart and The Daily Show’s “Field of Dongs” clip from the July 13th episode. Comparing Marcus Bachmann to Cameron from Modern Family in the closing was certainly memorable, leaving a lasting image for viewers. As I’m writing this post, the clip from The Daily Show has just a quarter of a million views.The Daily Show With Jon StewartMon - Thurs 11p / 10cField of Dongswww.thedailyshow.comDaily Show Full EpisodesPolitical Humor & Satire BlogThe Daily Show on Facebook
3. A Pie in the Face is Always Funny
There’s something really classically funny about getting a good ole “pie in the face” even if it’s just shaving cream in a foil plate. Perhaps it’s not so funny when you’re Rupert Murdoch and you find yourself testifying in front of the British Parliament. Needless to say, late-night political comedians including Stephen Colbert made the most of the pie situation. Colbert, Stewart, and even Jimmy Kimmel picked up on Murdoch’s wife -- Wendi Deng -- and her reflexive smackdown of the pie thrower, activist and comedian Johnny Marbles. The professor in me really likes Colbert’s clip the best, in part because of his satirical response to Marbles: “Activist and comedian, that makes no sense? You can't use comedy to make political points.” As Colbert and his fellow political satirists know: Oh yes you can!