Looking at the Intersection of Comedy and Politics
Cowboy and humorist Will Rogers once said, “Everything is changing. People are taking their comedians seriously and the politicians as a joke.”
Those words may seem especially poignant today, as this year's presidential election appears to be a bonanza for comedians. But what responsibilities, if any, do comedians have when tackling politics? And can political satire have unintended consequences?
Host Eddie Arruza talks to Anne Libera, the director of comedy studies at Columbia College Chicago; Azhar Usman, a stand-up comedian who recently concluded his one-man show, “Ultra American: A Patriot Act” at Chicago's Silk Road Rising theater; and Matt Hovde, an artistic director at Second City's training center who has directed a number of projects including “Unelectable You,” a political comedy show co-created with Slate.
Below, watch the recent Funny Or Die video starring Hillary Clinton and Zach Galifianakis.
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