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Author Lichter, S. Robert.

Title Politics is a joke! : how TV comedians are remaking political life / S. Robert Lichter, George Mason University, Jody C. Baumgartner, East Carolina University, Jonathan S. Morris, East Carolina University ; with the assistance of Daniel Amundson.

Publication Info. Boulder, CO : Westview Press, [2015]


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Description xvi, 253 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
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Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 219-233) and index.
Contents Introduction: politics is a funny business -- The rise of late night comedy -- A funny thing happened on the way to the White House -- Politicians behaving badly -- What's so funny? -- Laughing matters? -- If you can't beat them, join them -- Political humor: prospect and retrospect.
Summary Are late-night comedians merely entertaining, or do they have the power to influence the way we think about politics and politicians? The authors examine the historical context of political humor and demonstrate how the public turn to this venue for political information, and are in turn affected by it. They conduct an analysis of political jokes on late night TV shows dating back to 1992 in order to pinpoint the main targets and themes of late-night comedy.
Subject Television and politics -- United States.
Television in politics -- United States.
Television talk shows -- Political aspects -- United States.
United States -- Politics and government -- 1993-2001 -- Humor.
Politics and culture -- United States.
Television comedies -- United States -- Influence.
Political satire, American -- History and criticism.
Added Author Baumgartner, Jody C., 1958-
Morris, Jonathan S.
ISBN 9780813347172 (pbk.)
0813347173 (pbk.)
9780813347189 (e-book)

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