Seth Meyer, Stephen Colbert, Lewis Black & Pulling Punches

Seth Meyer, Stephen Colbert and Lewis Black are all talented comedians who have hosted the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, Meyers most recently, in an article I stumbled upon, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Milwaukee’s news leader, refers to the fact that when Colbert and Black hosted the event, the pulled punches to cater to their audience:

Stephen Colbert and Lewis Black are two of political comedy’s mightiest powerhouses. But when the popular jesters were summoned to stately affairs – the Radio and Television Correspondents’ Dinner for Black in 2005 and the White House Correspondents’ Dinner for Colbert in 2006 – they buckled, neutering their comedy to cater to the crowd.

Black admitted himself that he toned down his otherwise colourful language so not to offend the stately audience – he joked about it in his stand-up routine. So that’s fine, but the major issue is Colbert, who famously ridiculed the president and administration at the time, mercilessly. It became and internet sensation, but perhaps our friends at the SJ didn’t pick up on it because Bush’s act with Steve Bridges was more widely reported. In any event, you can’t accuse Colbert or Black of doing safe comedy, especially when one of them has the President seething.

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  1. Jimbo

     /  October 26, 2011

    Journalism isn’t what it used to be…


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