With such a highly charged political climate and so many serous issues facing our nation today, we all need a good laugh, even if it includes laughing at ourselves! Comedy always parrots politics and this political season is no different. If you follow comedians like David Letterman, in between his “sex, extortion scandal”, Bill Maher, Jon Stewart, and Stephen Colbert, you will find them in full force with their political satire, which includes people, positions and topics of the day, and they are taking no prisoners. It's no surprise; they have a lot to chew on. Late night is taking its political pot shots as well, with Jay Leno, Conan O'Brien, and Jimmy Fallon all over the political map. Even though some of the satire and jokes have been mean-spirited and inappropriate and comedy is subjective, there is plenty to choose from that is quite amusing no matter what side of the political aisle you stand.
As the "birthers" rage on with their insanity, Colbert led the "The Fight for the Truth Behind Obama's Birth" campaign. Humor has struck the heart of ObamaCare; has taken us all the way from a town hall meeting to the Olympics, from a tea party to a "beer summit"; and has escorted us to the bridge that leads to continuous slams against Sarah Palin.
We find ourselves with a new ACORN ad and a comprehensive translation of Kadafi’s UN Speech, where he rambles for ninety minutes about “peace and egg rolls” –– concluding with, “what the hell"? John Stewart had his very own “Obama Death Panel Debate”, which surmised the stance of his team, “Sam Bee fights for private death panels, John Oliver believes in universal death panels, and Aasif Mandvi wants whatever scares the public most”. Saturday Night Live is all over the political scene and uncovered the GOP plot surrounding the Joe Wilson “you lie” shout and recently presented the SNL "Obama Address".
While we were distracted from our ABC's by the "Obama Back-to-School Speech", the conservative movement kidnapped and has indoctrinated (or is it Stockholm syndrome?) the world-famous bird from Sesame Street. Big Bird, whose mantra is, "asking questions is a good way of finding things out", was busted harassing First Lady Michelle Obama!
Sesame Street is now in the political "hot seat" and there are questions that need to be answered. Is Big Bird a racist? What are the Cookie Monster's plans for the public option in the final health-care legislation? Is Oscar the Grouch destined to be our new "Green Jobs Czar" and will Elmo run for president in 2012?