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Satire TV : politics and comedy in the post-network era / edited by Jonathan Gray, Jeffrey P. Jones, and Ethan Thompson.



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Publication date:
New York : NYU Press, c2009.
  • Book
  • xiv, 283 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
  • 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, Ethan Thompson-- 2. What Comes After W? Satirizing Presidents from Saturday Night Live to Lil' Bush / Jeffrey P. Jones-- 3. Tracing the 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: I Thought You Were Going to Be Funny! / Joanne Morreale-- 6. Stephen Colbert's Parody of the Postmodern / Geoffrey Baym Part III Building in the Critical Rubble: Between Deconstruction and Reconstruction 7. Throwing Out the Welcome Mat: Public Figures as Guests and Victims in TV Satire / Jonathan Gray-- 8. Speaking 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: The Limits of Satire 10. Good Demo, Bad Taste: South Park as Carnivalesque Satire / Ethan Thompson-- 11. In the Wake of The Nigger Pixie : Dave Chappelle and the High Cost of De Facto Crossover / Bambi Haggins-- 12. Of Niggas and Citizens: The Boondocks Fans and Differentiated Black American Politics / Avi Santo About the Contributors-- Index.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)
Publisher's Summary:
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 humour, 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.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)
Gray, Jonathan (Jonathan Alan)
Jones, Jeffrey P., 1963-
Thompson, Ethan.

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