We’re back with more Fake News, a genre name that would have been a lot funnier if the sitting President didn’t accuse real journalists of being, well, fake journalists. Of course, when your workday at the White House is hours of personal time, followed by Fox News on prime time, and personal calls to the Fox News hosts, well, I guess every day is Opposite Day.
Oh, you didn’t come here for a diatribe about journalism from a one-time sorta journalist? That’s fine, I guess. Scrimmage your way below the fold to vote for your favorite current events satirist.
How did it all shakeout last week? I’m glad you asked. Stalwart The Daily Show with Trevor Noah lost to its rising successor Patriot Act with Hasan Minaj. Hasan defeated Trevor with 60 percent of the vote.
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver eked out a win against Full Frontal with Sam Bee. It was a very close game, but John won with 54.5 percent of the vote. I still wanna be Sam Bee, and I don’t even like blazers. (I could like them though, if she needed me in the writer’s room. Just sayin’.)
Jason had a lot of cromulent commentary about these newsmen last week, and I’d like to share it with you again:
…Now six seasons in, John Oliver has become a Sunday night institution as he looks at the news at large before diving deeply into a story that you may not know affects you, like civil forfeiture or online shaming, and explains how it impacts all of us. It doesn’t hurt that Oliver is one of the funniest humans on the planet.
The latest Daily Show alum to move into deeper dives, Minhaj has actually out-Oliver’ed Oliver as he spends 20-25 minutes each episode on a single issue — ranging from sneakers to the Indian election. And never question whether he keeps it real, as one of his episodes got Netflix banned in an entire country.
(And then Netflix removed that episode from its catalog, like a bunch of cowards.)