America According to Colbert: Satire as Public Pedagogy by S. McClennen

By S. McClennen

Is the comedy of Stephen Colbert easily enjoyable or is it strong political satire? Does it entertain audience or does it empower them? Or does it train us that during today’s media-saturated international these binaries make no experience? the US based on Colbert: Satire as Public Pedagogy claims that Colbert’s satire fosters severe pondering social matters, encourages energetic citizenship, and entertains the viewer—all while. the 1st booklet to hide some of the subject matters and lines of The Colbert document, the USA based on Colbert deals readers perception into the strong ways in which Colbert’s comedy demanding situations the cult of lack of knowledge that has threatened significant public debate and social discussion given that 9-11.

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76 The speech remains one of the main events in Colbert’s career. He explains in his book that he is constantly asked about it: “Wherever I go, from P. Diddy’s annual White Party to Hollywood premieres to the men’s room at Sharper Image, I meet Heroes. And they all want to know the same thing: ‘What was it like to be you, Stephen T. ”77 Even more important, perhaps, is not to forget what it was like for those who saw his speech and were stunned and grateful to see him speaking truth to power. S.

That flow suggested that, while the skit might have been funny, Bush was still in control. Then he and Bridges hugged and waved at the crowd to loud applause. Next Mark Smith, president of the WHCA, introduced Colbert and the mood in the room quickly changed. Even though much of the media would emphasize that Mark Smith admitted that he had not seen much of Colbert on Comedy Central before he booked him, The New York Times would later report that “he knew enough about Mr. ”15 That said, though, it is likely that he had little sense of how uncomfortable the room would get.

71 In fact, their witnessing of the speech only contributed to the actual performance itself. Arguably, Colbert knew well before he got to the podium that he was going to make the room uncomfortable and that, rather than laughs, he would illicit uneasy groans. He also may have known that his “balls-alicious” performance to that room would make the speech legendary, since his willingness to displease the local crowd in order to please his broader audience would resonate with the public at large.

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