Park School Mini-Course on the Intersection of Politics and Comedy

While at Ithaca College, Meyers spoke to students enrolled in “Weekend Update”: The Intersection of Politics and Comedy course in the Roy H. Park School of Communications.


“Weekend Update”: The Intersection of Politics and Comedy

This one-credit mini-course explored satirical programming, which deploys humor to poke fun at mainstream media and political discourse. Satire TV has become an increasing part of society’s media consumption. Students will examine why social and political satire have grown in popularity and how they shape conversations worldwide as well as raise the question of how well media is addressing issues of public importance.

Comedian Seth Meyers, former anchor of Saturday Night Live’s “Weekend Update” and who recently took over NBC’s “Late Night” franchise, kicked off the course with a Q&A session with students enrolled in the course. Other guest speakers explored key topics such as: the limitations of the genre; the tendency to rely on stereotypes when representing various countries and cultures; satirical TV programs from around the world; and how satirical TV news shows are getting people to think critically about “the public square” and how to write a satire, should you become a satirist.

For more information on this course, click here.