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When It's Okay To Laugh

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Some of the best jokes are about difficult subjects, like politics. Lizz Winstead, a comedian, writer, and co-founder of Comedy Central’s The Daily Show and Hari Kondabolu, a comedian whose debut album is called "Waiting for 2042," talk about making political topics funny and where to draw the line, from immigration to abortion.

Guests:

Hari Kondabolu and Lizz Winstead

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Comments [10]

Edward from Washington Heights AKA pretentious Hudson Heights

Martha Stewart can fill in for Jon Stewart.

May. 20 2014 11:46 AM
John A

Pride goeth before the fall.

May. 20 2014 11:38 AM
Amy from Manhattan

Maybe Jon Stewart was satirizing Rush Limbaugh's repeated claim that he's just an entertainer!

May. 20 2014 11:36 AM
Bebe from Queens

Political humor is for the benefit of those who agree with its point of view. This is neither a good thing nor a bad thing, it just is. Political humor can help rally the troops, but it will rarely bring on new followers unless they're on the fence. I don't have time to listen to a comic who makes fun of things I take seriously.

May. 20 2014 11:33 AM
Truth & Beauty from Brooklyn

Sarah Palin is a bit of political humor that helped the Democrats win the presidency...

May. 20 2014 11:32 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

Stephen Colbert is the greatest political humorist of all times, and I find myself agreeing with his conservative character more than laughing at him. His character is both funny and right more often than not.

May. 20 2014 11:32 AM
Steven from Brooklyn

What do you get if you cross WNYC with Fox news?

A Brian Lehrer show where you learn (repeatedly) that President Obama was stranded for 7 hours on the George Washington Bridge during the Benghazi attack.

May. 20 2014 11:30 AM
BronxJack from South Bronx

How about Hood humor?

www.watchthehood.com

May. 20 2014 11:27 AM
Seth

Please ask Liz, why there's the perception that women are not as funny as men? I don't think it's true, but I do know it's out there. Don't ask why they are or are not, but is there this idea that some uninformed folks believe.

May. 20 2014 11:26 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

A lot of dead baby jokes to be found in the abortion controversy, for sure.

May. 20 2014 11:25 AM

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