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

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

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by Jonathan Gray
     
 

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 humor, into what is arguably the most popular source of political critique. From fake news and pundit shows to

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Overview

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 humor, 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 TV examines what happens when comedy becomes political, and politics become funny. A series of original essays focus on a range of programs, from The Daily Show to South Park, Da Ali G Show to The Colbert Report, The Boondocks to Saturday Night Live, Lil’ Bush to Chappelle’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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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814731994
Publisher:
New York University Press
Publication date:
04/01/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
1,316,739
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Jeffrey P. Jones is Associate Professor of Communication & Theatre Arts at Old Dominion University. He is the author of Entertaining Politics: New Political Television and Civic Culture and co-editor of The Essential HBO Reader.

Jonathan Gray is Associate Professor of Media and Cultural Studies at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He is the author of Television Entertainment and Watching with The Simpsons: Television, Parody, and Intertextuality and co-editor of Satire TV: Politics and Comedy in the Post-Network Era and Fandom: Identities and Communities in a Mediated World.

Ethan Thompson is Associate Professor at Texas A&M University–Corpus Christi. He is the author of Parody and Taste in Postwar American Television Culture, and co-editor of Satire TV: Politics and Comedy in the Post-Network Era.

Table of Contents

Foreword by David Marc
Part I Post 9/11, Post Modern, or Just Post Network?
1 The State of Satire, the Satire of State
Jonathan Gray, Jeffrey P. Jones, and Ethan Thompson
2 With All Due Respect
Jeffrey P. Jones
3 Tracing the “Fake” Candidate in American Television Comedy
Heather Osborne-Thompson
Part II Fake News, Real Funny
4 And Now . . . the News? Mimesis and the Real in The Daily Show
Amber Day
5 Jon Stewart and The Daily Show
Joanne Morreale
6 Stephen Colbert’s Parody of the Postmodern
Geoffrey Baym
Part III Building in the Critical Rubble
7 Throwing Out the Welcome Mat: Public Figures as Guests and Victims in TV Satire
Jonathan Gray
8 Speaking “Truth” to Power? Television Satire, Rick Mercer Report, and the Politics of Place and Space
Serra Tinic
9 Why Mitt Romney Won’t Debate a Snowman
Henry Jenkins
Part IV Shock and Guffaw
10 Good Demo, Bad Taste
Ethan Thompson
11 In the Wake of “The Nigger Pixie”
Bambi Haggins
12 Of Niggas and Citizen
Avi Santo
About the Contributors
Index

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