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Foreword by David MarcPart I Post 9/11, Post Modern, or Just Post Network? 1 The State of Satire, the Satire of State Jonathan Gray, Jeffrey P. Jones, and Ethan Thompson 2 With All Due RespectJeffrey P. Jones 3 Tracing the "Fake" Candidate in American Television ComedyHeather Osborne-ThompsonPart II Fake News, Real Funny 4 And Now ... the News? Mimesis and the Real in The Daily ShowAmber Day 5 Jon Stewart and The Daily ShowJoanne Morreale 6 Stephen Colbert's Parody of the Postmodern Geoffrey BaymPart III Building in the Critical Rubble 7 Throwing Out the Welcome Mat: Public Figures as Guests and Victims in TV SatireJonathan Gray 8 Speaking "Truth" to Power? Television Satire, Rick Mercer Report, and the Politics of Place and SpaceSerra Tinic 9 Why Mitt Romney Won't Debate a Snowman Henry JenkinsPart IV Shock and Guffaw 10 Good Demo, Bad Taste Ethan Thompson 11 In the Wake of "The Nigger Pixie"Bambi Haggins 12 Of Niggas and CitizenAvi SantoAbout the Contributors Index

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What does today's class of satire TV tell us about the current state of politics, of television, of citizenship, and of comedy?

About the Author

Jonathan Gray (Editor)
Jonathan Gray is Hamel Family Distinguished Chair in Communication Arts, Professor of Media and Cultural Studies at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and author and editor of numerous books, including Show Sold Separately: Promos, Spoilers, and Other Media Paratexts (2010), Fandom, Second Edition (2017), Keywords for Media Studies (2017), and Satire TV (2009), as well as Television Studies (with Amanda D. Lotz), and A Companion to Media Authorship (with Derek Johnson).
Jeffrey P. Jones (Editor)
Jeffrey P. Jones is Associate Professor of Communication & Theatre Arts at Old Dominion University. He is the author of Entertaining Politics: New Political Television and Civic Culture and co-editor of The Essential HBO Reader.
Ethan Thompson (Editor)
Ethan Thompson is Professor of Media Arts at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. He is the author of Parody and Taste in Postwar American Television Culture and co-editor of Television History, the Peabody Archive, and Cultural Memory and Satire TV: Politics and Comedy in the Post-Network Era. He directed the documentary TV Family about a forgotten forerunner to reality television.


"This smart and savvy crew has noticed something creeping up on us, something with bite. Now we have to take satire TV seriously; it turns out to be the bearer of the democratic spirit for the post-broadcast age. In this field-shaping book, some of the brightest talents in TV studies show us how the marginal has become the model for a much-needed media make-over. See what happens when entertainment bares its teeth." John Hartley, author of Television Truths "It has been said that if you have to explain a joke, it's not funny. This wonderful collection proves that nothing could be farther from the truth. Satire TV takes the study of comedy in new directions, expanding beyond earlier work done on classical Hollywood cinema and the sitcom." Heather Hendershot, editor of NickelodeonNation "Satire TV: Politics and Comedy in the Post-Network Era is a collection of academic essays that attempt a sophisticated look at how TV comedy politicized itself in the 2000s...The essays in Satire TV make use of a variety of theoretical models, some derived from the likes of Bakhtin and Aristotle, to define satire and elucidate how shows like The Daily Show, The Colbert Report, South Park, and others are able to operate as politically subversive entertainments in a medium like television, for which the blandest, the safest, and the most banal fare had always set the tone...Satire TV still contains much that is of interest to media scholars and non-academics alike."- Patrick Gallagher, PopMatters, 14th May 2009

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