Are you tired of white male mediocrity monopolizing late night television? If so, my dear reader, then we have something in common already. If you’re over having news satire mansplained to you, you may want to check out Samantha Bee.
In February of 2016, TBS blessed us with the comedy talk show Full Frontal with Samantha Bee. Every Wednesday night, Bee, a former Daily Show correspondent, discusses the most recent political events of the week. Her clever and fast-paced script is laced with witty references and hilarious interviews.
In addition to Bee herself, Full Frontal’s correspondents Ashley Nicole Black, Amy Hoggart, Allana Harkin, and Mike Rubens bring even more humor to the show. Their interviews can include anything from sarcastic questions followed by ridiculous answers from conservatives to hard-hitting interviews from Syrian refugees and victims of domestic abuse.
Despite the constant sarcastic humor that Bee supplies us, she also knows when to be serious. Bee has managed to tackle sensitive topics like the Pulse nightclub shooting, child marriage, and Syrian refugees, in a way that is tasteful and mature.
On top of being genuine and outrageously hilarious, there is the added bonus that Bee is a woman. Bee stands out from the plethora of talk show hosts making moderately funny jokes and getting away with it because they’re white men.
Because she is a woman, Bee had to work vastly harder than her male counterparts to get where she is today, and her hard work clearly shows. Bee’s clever humor and charismatic personality has allowed her to excel in an entertainment industry dominated by men.
Full Frontal with Samantha Bee is one great example of white men not being the center of attention for once, but there is still so much more work to be done. Talk shows and late night TV programs need to support and celebrate gender and cultural diversity to reflect its diverse audience.
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