Political Humor

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photoComedy show hosts on the left and the right are getting increasingly open about their politics. Jon Stewart fans are used to a daily dose of Bush bashing. Dennis Miller watchers are intimately familiar with John Kerry's mockable side.

But can these hosts be politically earnest and maintain their senses of humor? Is their brand of political humor really a hoot or is it too agenda-driven to whack one's funny bone?

Click the "Listen" link to hear Lee Siegel, TV critic for The New Republic, who argues that today's American political comedy is not funny.


Lee Siegel, TV critic for The New Republic and contributing editor to Harper's Magazine

This program aired on April 15, 2004.


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