Lines stretched for blocks in Midtown Manhattan near Trump Tower last weekend, but not for a protest. Instead, tourists and locals converged just down the road to see The Daily Show’s homage to the self-proclaimed “Ernest Hemingway of a hundred and forty characters,” the man known as @RealDonaldTrump.
The Daily Show With Trevor Noah puts a surrealist spin on American politics with its daily takedowns of all that is obscene, absurd and inexplicable in Washington, D.C. By doing so, the satirical news source not only fills a vital role in U.S. entertainment and media, but it also incubates a steady stream of rising on-air talent. Lately, those correspondents who report alongside Noah have been showing up all over the place, re-affirming the show’s role as one of the premier talent incubators on TV today.
The Daily Show’s Jordan Klepper is breaking out into a new role as host of a late-night show of his own, which will air weeknights following The Daily Show, while Hasan Minhaj entertained a constellation of elite journalist, celebrities, and politicians at the 2017 White House Correspondents’ Dinner (WHCD), an event typically attended by the president.
But Trump opted to skip the dinner in favor of holding a rally in Harrisburg Pennsylvania, after announcing in February that he would be the first president to skip the event since Ronald Reagan (who was recuperating after being shot) in 1981. Journalists predicted this year’s soirée would be unconventional. And it was.
With 18-29-year-olds constituting one-quarter of the electorate, their vote isn’t something to take lightly.
But the support from young people that surged for President Obama in 2008 seemed to wane this go-around. Indeed, less than half of the Millennial generation (48%) said they would definitely cast a vote this year – down from 63% at the same time four years ago, according to a Harvard poll taken last month.
In the end, though, their vote was there — and we think it may have had a little something to do with conducting some funny business on the campaign trail. On Monday, in a report on youth disengagement in the 2012 Election, the NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams explained how Obama was reconnecting with youth voters by spending campaign time working the comedy circuit.
Humor, according to Brian Williams and Tom Brokaw, is the key to unlocking their vote, if it is applied smartly. To shed some light on the Millennial generation of voters, NBC brought in Comedy Central President Michele Gainless, armed with insights into what this demo — her network’s audience — does and does not want.
“They don’t want them to do schtick,” Gainless says, in the video above. “They don’t want them to make fun of the issues. But they do want them to be able to poke fun at themselves.”
Regardless of politics, Obama was good at all three. The video above also includes a clip of Obama joking wiht Jay Leno about Donald Trump’s beef with him “dat[ing] back to when we were growing up together in Kenya.” While making fun of the claims about his citizenship, he also shows that he can make fun of himself.
Incidentally, 18-29-year-olds wound up voting in similar numbers versus last election, despite concerns about decreased enthusiasm, according to the New York Times.
There was definitely jocularity as Jon Stewart and President Obama chatted about the POTUS’s performance at the first debate (pulling up debate photos from the “election scrapbook” Stewart said he’s been keeping) and Joe Biden’s wet swimwear, but the two got pretty serious for most of their The Daily Show last night. Read More
Leading up to the 2012 election, COMEDY CENTRAL partnered with TRU Insights and Insight Research to conduct an extensive research study seeking to define, frame, and understand what role humor plays in Millennials’ political beliefs, behaviors and capturing their vote.
With the 2012 presidential election approaching, Logo commissioned a study with both LGBT and general population voters for a temperature check on their priorities when it comes to voting, as well as how candidate positioning on issues related to gay rights impacts their voting decisions. The findings reveal that LGBT and general population voters are coming together – that in the past five years, there has been a marked, progressive shift in public opinion over same-sex marriage. Read More
Latinos are the fastest-growing and second largest populace in the United States. According to projections from the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) Educational Fund, more than 12.2 million Latino voters are expected to cast ballots on Election Day, an increase of 26% from 2008. Read More
Today may be National Voter Registration Day, but BET has been gearing up its audience to vote for months now – not just on-air and online, but in person, too, with events like its “Vote Like Your Life Depends on It” town hall, which took place at the Apollo Theater last week. Read More