Laughing at Election Year Politics with Lizz Winstead

Monday, November 05, 2012

Lizz Winstead in WNYC's Studio 2

Negative ads, the cynical press, and a disenchanted electorate. All those negative ads. The election season would be downright depressing, if not for the laughs. 

When The Daily Show premiered 16 years ago, few would guess it would become many Americans' primary source of laughs, much less their primary source of news. 

Lizz Winstead, political satirist and co-creator of The Daily Show, has created a brand new stage show specifically designed for the 2012 election cycle. Her show, "Bang the Dumb Slowly: Lizz Winstead's Recap of the 2012 Race to the White House," will be on stage tonight at the Gramercy Theater.

"The political system itself has become almost too bizarre to even satirize," Winstead says. And even though Mitt Romney has made some fairly comical statements and gaffs, as Winstead notes, there was no good alternative for a Republican candidate this year. "They had the fringey fringey fringey candidates," she says. "It was sort of like, 'Oh, I've got a bunch of meat that's about to expire, which will I pick to eat?'"

In spite of (or perhaps because of) the fringey candidates, this year has been an excellent one for comedy, and political satire. From Donald Trump to the "binders full of women," the Republican Party has given The Daily Show plenty of material this season. But what about the Democrats?

"I get checks from the Democratic Party," she jokes. But she does make fun of Obama, too, most recently about drones, Guantanamo Bay, and the president's foreign policy in general. She had to hand it to the president though after the Alfred E. Smith dinner, where both candidates poked fun at each other and themselves.


Lizz Winstead

Produced by:

Ellen Frankman and Kristen Meinzer

Comments [2]

Larry Fisher from Brooklyn, N.Y.

Will the mean spirited listeners with their vitriol comments to The Takeaway go away after tomorrow?

Nov. 05 2012 01:31 PM
joe davis from nyc

A couple of quick comments:
1) did LW actually say anything funny? why is she no longer affiliated with the show she pioneered? I think she is another example of comedienne's whose leftism distorts their comedy (J.Garafalo call your office). Jon Sterwart is capable of making fun of liberals and looneys like Liz.And he's (still) funny.
2) There is really something pathetic about Hockenberry's sycophantic attitude towards (political) comedians. He really thinks he is as funny as they are and see's The Takeaway as sort of a version of The Dailey Show only flipped: the DS is comedy with real news while the TA is real news with comedy. Only problem: while he is certainly funniest guy around the water cooler at NPR he is not really funny. making things yet more pathetic is his false neutrality in the segment in which he apes those who complain that tv humor is almost a subsidiary of the DNC. It was funny- he couldn't actually argue the case with someone with whom he agrees poltically but he understands that not asking the obvious question would give yet more ammo to those who claim that HE and NPR are also 'in the pocket' so he puts on a funny voice to express a caricatured version of what he imagines liberals use as a rational as to why they don't make fun of Obama. Then he ends using an example of how funny Obama is. In this way he is like Obama- both really want desperately to be cool and to be seen as funny and serious simultaneously.

Nov. 05 2012 10:19 AM

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