COMEDY AND ENACTING POLITICAL CHANGE
- Trace the history of the wise fool, and then explain how Stephen Colbert as depicted in The Colbert Report continues this tradition. Be sure to cite scenes from TCR's SuperPAC episode to support your response.
- Where does John Oliver and Last Week Tonight fit into this argument about "wise fools"? Are they doing the same thing as Colbert and Stewart did on Comedy Central?
- According to Jonathan P. Rossing, what is "emancipatory racial humor" and its function? How does The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore uphold these notions? Explain with examples from our in-class screening.
- What are some of your favorite satirical programs? Can you address any instances within them that have enacted (or help to enact) political change?