Panel Discusses Comedy’s Future Under Obama

Nov 6, 2008  •  Post A Comment

A panel of experts recently discussed whether Barack Obama will provide as many laughs as George W. Bush’s presidency, the Hollywood Reporter says. “Obama is going to raise the intelligence of the jokes,” panelist Roseanne Barr said. “The Daily Show” co-creator Lizz Winstead said Obama as president wouldn’t make it tougher to write jokes and any Obama material would likely revolve around how he handles power, the newspaper says. Conservative commentator Monica Crowley disagreed with the two comics, adding that comedians generally find little fun in the new president, the newspaper notes. The discussion, which part of the New York Comedy Festival, also featured cartoonist Ted Rall, Baratunde Thurston of “The Onion” and conservative blogger and pundit Robert A. George.
—Christopher Perez

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