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Trump Is Bad for Comedy

Thursday, November 1st 2018
07:00 - 08:30 PM EST
The Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College
115 E. 68th Street
New YorkNY

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From the opening skit on “Saturday Night Live” to “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” to the pages of The Onion, President Trump has become the face of comedy and a national object of derision. Some comedians and writers argue that in the Trump era, satire has become more challenging and jokes have become cheap. And worse yet, Trump has normalized the absurd and the nature of political satire in a post-truth world. But others disagree; they argue that the president serves up comedy-gold every day, making their jobs – and the laughs they seek to elicit – easier than ever before. And, they argue, comedy is much more “woke” than it used to be, with late-night hosts and comedians playing a pivotal role in the fight for social justice. Is the president killing comedy? Or is he making the funny business ever more relevant?

 

 

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P.J. O'Rourke

Political Satirist & Best-Selling Author

P. J. O’Rourke is a leading political satirist and editor-in-chief of the web magazine American Consequences. He has written nineteen... Read More

Sara Schaefer

Sara Schaefer

Critically Acclaimed Stand-Up Comedian, Writer & Producer

Sara Schaefer is a critically acclaimed stand-up comedian, writer, and producer who has won two Emmy awards and a Webby award for her work on “Light... Read More

Against the motion

Kurt Andersen

Kurt Andersen

Host, "Studio 360" & Best-Selling Author, “Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire”

Kurt Andersen is the best-selling author of three critically acclaimed novels. His non-fiction books include, most recently, “Fantasyland: How America... Read More

Billy Kimball

Billy Kimball

Writer & Emmy Award-Winning Supervising Producer, “Veep”

Billy Kimball is an Emmy award-winning writer and co-executive producer for the hit HBO series “Veep” starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus. He has... Read More

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