Political Comedy is Killing the Absurdity of Late-Night

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President Barack Obama signs the bipartisan budget bill 2015 into law in the Oval Office of the White House on November 2,2015 ISP pool photo by Dennis Brack/Black Star

President Barack Obama signs the bipartisan budget bill 2015 into law in the Oval Office of the White House on November 2,2015
ISP pool photo by Dennis Brack/Black Star

By Samantha Allen, Paste Magazine | At the start of his New Year’s Eve Late Night special, Seth Meyers launched into a long segment called “A Closer Look Back at 2016: The Year in Politics.”
I could not have changed the channel faster.
It’s not that I don’t share Meyers’ politics; if anything, I’m further left than his show typically skews. I also like Seth Meyers. He’s a brainy guy with a sharp comic voice who manages to squeeze surprisingly endearing interviews out of even the most boring celebrities. But I can’t rub my face in the dystopian awfulness of our current political situation any more than I already do. I’m finished with late-night political comedy until further notice.

 

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