Satire = Satirist + Audience “…satire‟s efficacy relies on the ability of the audience to recognize the irony that is at the heart of its humor” ( Colletta 860 ). “A surprisingly large number of students miss the irony completely and believe that Swift is earnestly proposing that the Irish sell their babies…” ( ibid ). Political Satire and Postmodern Irony in the Age of Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart, Lisa Colletta
Satire = Satirist + Audience “In other words, Colbert‟s satire seems to confuse some young viewers. This is different from the comedy of Jon Stewart, which seems to clarify the political world for young adults” ( Baumgartner, 634 ).One ‘‘Nation,’’ Under Stephen? The Effects of The Colbert Report on American Youth, Baumgartner and Morris.
Colbert TV “Television‟s goal is to entertain, and in comedy shows it is to make people laugh, but people cannot be counted on to laugh at the „„right‟‟ things” ( Colletta 864 ). more awesome fan art by aragen Political Satire and Postmodern Irony in the Age of Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart, Lisa Colletta
Colbert IRL ( in real life ) 2006 White House Correspondent‟s Dinner “Colberts act just wasnt that funny. ” “the pained, uncomfortable…reaction shots were not signs of failure. They were the money shots.” http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/blog/2006/05/04/BL2006050400967.html, Dan Froomkin
Colbert IRL ( in real life ) “The message is incredibly unfocused. They tell us it is not political. We should believe them.” “Indeed, the tone of the rally was satirical rather than 2010 Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear political.” Yes but, what’s the difference? http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2010/oct/31/rally-restore-sanity-jon-stewart-washington, Paul Harris
I‟m confused. ( in real life! ) “If we do not always know what we are laughing at, it may be difficult for a satirist to marshal the energy of laughter for a specific purpose” ( Colletta 871 ). more awesome fan art by bevenour Political Satire and Postmodern Irony in the Age of Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart, Lisa Colletta
I‟m laughing, but still confused. The misinterpretations that satire engenders actually prevent its audience from engaging in real socio-political change because their mission remains unclear. more awesome fan art by Kevin Bolk
To end where we beganHumor is Hard…Satire is Lonsdaleite. ( mineral in meteorites, 58% harder than diamond ) “Dying is easy. Comedy is difficult.” Actor Edmund Gwenn