Comedy in Ludicrous Times

Offering comedic relief while covering current headlines, many thought-provoking and award-winning programs can provide witty solace amidst times of despair. 

As Carlos Maza, a Vox writer, just recently stated, “Late night comedians have become rock stars in the Trump era. These comedians are doing a really good job of covering Trump, sometimes better than serious news networks. That’s because political satire has something that TV news lacks: a really low tolerance for bulls–t”. In this current political climate, viewers have many options of late night satirical television shows to supplement the droves of daily disturbing news broadcasts blasting the airwaves. 

The first female late night talk show host, Samantha Bee, and her staff aim to do just that by presenting weekly reports, field pieces and entertaining “grab bag” segments.

  • “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee” airs Wednesday nights on TBS at 10:30 p.m. and can be found a day later on YouTube for those without cable.  
  • “Last Week Tonight with Jon Oliver” airs Sundays on HBO at 11 p.m.
  • “The President Show” with Anthony Atamanuik as Donald Trump (stiff competition to Alex Baldwin’s Trump), airs Thursdays on Comedy Central at 11:30 p.m.
  • “Late Night with Seth Myers” airs weeknights on NBC at 12:35 a.m.
  • “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” airs weeknights on CBS at 11:35 p.m.
  • “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah” airs Monday through Thursday on Comedy Central at 11 p.m.

For those without cable or who go to bed early, you can find many of these episodes on YouTube or the networks’ websites. Happy watching…


By Kyla Mullen


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