About the blogger: Amy Bree Becker is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mass Communication & Communication Studies at
Professor Becker will share her top 5 political comedy picks each month.
Top 5 Political Comedy Highlights from July 2011
1. The Daily Show's Armadebtdon 2011: It's time to call Congress
The budget showdown and the debate over raising the country’s debt ceiling have captured the attention of Americans and late-night comedians this month. Stewart’s Armadebtdon 2011 series on The Daily Show has kept viewers entertained while offering critical commentary on the state of affairs and the negotiations -- or lack thereof -- happening in Washington DC. While there were a number of good clips in this series, the funniest was from the July 26th broadcast. In the segment,
Michelle Bachmann continues to attract attention. Even during July when the news was dominated by the
3. A Pie in the Face is Always Funny
There’s something really classically funny about getting a good ole “pie in the face” even if it’s just shaving cream in a foil plate. Perhaps it’s not so funny when you’re
4. @ladybigmac and @dogfart, the mainstream media’s
The mainstream media has embraced the Twitter platform, using the social networking service to share breaking news stories as they unfold in under 140 characters or less. The President has even started using Twitter and I was fortunate enough to be there for the Twitter Town Hall at the
5. Colbert goes Gaga for
Herman Cain is probably better known for his role as CEO of Godfather’s Pizza than for his latest stint as a candidate for the GOP nomination. He’s certainly not in the same league as Bachmann or Romney yet Stephen Colbert is actually quite smitten with Cain. On July 12th, Colbert urged viewers to get on the Cain Train. At the same time, Colbert announced that Cain would be making an appearance on the show on July 28th. On Tuesday July 26th, Colbert sadly announced that Cain had cancelled his upcoming appearance in a funny clip; GOP candidate
Extra Credit from the Professor: A special shout-out goes to
So that's it for July 2011 and political comedy. Even with Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert off for the first part of the month, there was still a lot of funny to go around. Look for Stephen Colbert to potentially make some waves with his Colbert Super PAC in August.