Which Political Comedian Should You Watch Tonight?
Start writing a post
Entertainment

Which Political Comedian Should You Watch Tonight?

For those times when you need to laugh at the news so that you don't cry.

20
Which Political Comedian Should You Watch Tonight?
Fast Company

Can you not stand to watch national news anymore? Do you feel vaguely panicked when the grim-faced CNN anchors tell you about yet another crazy situation, like the firing of the FBI director or Trump putting his hands on a freaky glowing orb in Saudi Arabia?

If so, you should take a little break from the real news, and watch a little bit of the "fake news." No, not that fake news - the other one, the one where comedians tell you what's going on in the country while making fun of everyone and everything in their path. Not sure where to begin? I can help you out.

Trevor Noah

Trevor Noah produces brand-new political comedy every day of the work week because he’s the host of the Daily Show, which airs, unsurprisingly, daily on Comedy Central. Are you in the mood to wake up every morning to brand-new segments of a South African comedian picking apart the American political climate with utmost sophistication and humor? Then Trevor Noah is for you.

A Joke: “Donald Trump is a Task Rabbit for Putin.” (Audience “oooo’s”) “You guys don’t like Task Rabbit, is that what it is?”

Where to Watch: Full Episodes on Comedy Central, and sections of them available on YouTube.

Seth Meyers

So Seth Meyers doesn’t host an entire show centered on political comedy like Noah, but he does manage to fit it into his gig as the host at Late Night by including a nightly segment called A Closer Look. During this time, he revisits his old SNL Weekend Update days by examining what’s going on in American politics and delivering awful news to his viewers with a joke and a witty smile to soften the blow. Each Closer Look segment is about 10 minutes long, hilariously entertaining, and perfectly paced. I watch it every morning so that I can stay informed, but also not get completely bummed out.

A Joke:(On Comey documenting his conversations with Trump) “Trump is so crazy, every time he leaves the room people go, damn, I gotta write this sh%# down!”

Where to Watch: All Closer Look segments are on YouTube.

Stephen Colbert

Currently the most controversial person on this list, Stephen Colbert never pulls punches when it comes to slamming the President. He begins almost every episode of The Late Show with a monologue in which he makes fun of a lot of things in general, but Donald Trump in particular. His monologues have been so cutting that Trump has personally critiqued the show, and #FireColbert was once trending in the conservative corners of Twitter. Of course, Colbert just turned that into a joke too.

A Joke: (on the Trump administration in Saudi Arabia) "But not everyone looked that comfortable at the party. Here's Steve Bannon realizing these aren't the kind of men in white robes he's used to."

Where to Watch: All monologues are on YouTube, but sometimes split into smaller clips

Samantha Bee

Samantha Bee is the queen of political comedy, both because she is always hilariously on point, and because she is the first and only woman to host an American political comedy show so far. She hosts Full Frontal with Samantha Bee every Wednesday on TBS. Her content isn’t daily like Noah’s, Meyers’, or Colbert’s, but it is just as fresh and perhaps even more woke. Her show goes, well, full frontal, with hugely important issues like women’s reproductive rights, and systematic racism.

A Joke: "This president has wiped his ass with the Constitution so many times, the National Archives started leaving him passive-aggressive notes asking him to chip in for toilet paper."

Where to Watch: All full episodes are available on YouTube and TBS.

John Oliver

It makes sense that John Oliver looks just like a high school algebra teacher, because his show is by far the most educational on this list. He's the host of HBO show Last Week Tonight, a half hour show which usually takes twenty minutes every week to delve into an American social issue in one long segment. Oliver's gone into great depth on subjects like Trump family nepotism, American incarceration, and the electoral college. Thank you, Mr. Oliver, I've learned so much, but I still hope there's no quiz on this.

A Joke: "The last seven days have been insane. So much so, that by Friday night, we may have broken Anderson Cooper."

Where to Watch: Full episodes on HBO, and long segments on YouTube

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
houses under green sky
Photo by Alev Takil on Unsplash

Small towns certainly have their pros and cons. Many people who grow up in small towns find themselves counting the days until they get to escape their roots and plant new ones in bigger, "better" places. And that's fine. I'd be lying if I said I hadn't thought those same thoughts before too. We all have, but they say it's important to remember where you came from. When I think about where I come from, I can't help having an overwhelming feeling of gratitude for my roots. Being from a small town has taught me so many important lessons that I will carry with me for the rest of my life.

Keep Reading...Show less
​a woman sitting at a table having a coffee
nappy.co

I can't say "thank you" enough to express how grateful I am for you coming into my life. You have made such a huge impact on my life. I would not be the person I am today without you and I know that you will keep inspiring me to become an even better version of myself.

Keep Reading...Show less
Student Life

Waitlisted for a College Class? Here's What to Do!

Dealing with the inevitable realities of college life.

86799
college students waiting in a long line in the hallway
StableDiffusion

Course registration at college can be a big hassle and is almost never talked about. Classes you want to take fill up before you get a chance to register. You might change your mind about a class you want to take and must struggle to find another class to fit in the same time period. You also have to make sure no classes clash by time. Like I said, it's a big hassle.

This semester, I was waitlisted for two classes. Most people in this situation, especially first years, freak out because they don't know what to do. Here is what you should do when this happens.

Keep Reading...Show less
a man and a woman sitting on the beach in front of the sunset

Whether you met your new love interest online, through mutual friends, or another way entirely, you'll definitely want to know what you're getting into. I mean, really, what's the point in entering a relationship with someone if you don't know whether or not you're compatible on a very basic level?

Consider these 21 questions to ask in the talking stage when getting to know that new guy or girl you just started talking to:

Keep Reading...Show less
Lifestyle

Challah vs. Easter Bread: A Delicious Dilemma

Is there really such a difference in Challah bread or Easter Bread?

52768
loaves of challah and easter bread stacked up aside each other, an abundance of food in baskets
StableDiffusion

Ever since I could remember, it was a treat to receive Easter Bread made by my grandmother. We would only have it once a year and the wait was excruciating. Now that my grandmother has gotten older, she has stopped baking a lot of her recipes that require a lot of hand usage--her traditional Italian baking means no machines. So for the past few years, I have missed enjoying my Easter Bread.

Keep Reading...Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments