The Evolution of Political Comedy

The Evolution of Political Comedy

Craig Minassian

10.28.2007

Craig Minassian

Craig Minassian is a consultant for television networks such as HBO and Comedy Central where he creates communication and marketing strategies around politically-themed and socially-relevant programming. A former assistant press secretary for President Clinton, Minassian created communication strategies for Indecision 2008, the election year activities for The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and The Colbert Report on Comedy Central. Recently, he was responsible for Comic Relief 2006 with Billy Crystal, Whoopi Goldberg and Robin Williams, which benefited families still recovering from Hurricane Katrina.

Craig Minassian, television consultant for networks such as HBO and Comedy Central, discusses the evolution and relevance of political comedy. Minassian examines the influence of “fake” news and the pros and cons of politicians appearing on political comedy shows. Minassian covers the history of political comedy beginning from 1960’s stand-up to television programs such as Comedy Central’s The Daily Show and The Colbert Report. He claims that, contrary to popular opinion, “fake” news shows simply want to be funny and are not looking to send a deeper message to viewers. In the question and answer period, Minassian comments on comedy in a post 9/11 world, Stephen Colbert’s famous speech at the White House correspondence dinner and limits on offensiveness in political comedy.