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The intersection between comedy and democracy. Comic narratives are essential to the emergence and maintenance of democratic systems.
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Michael Moore might save Flint: Moore, Jon Stewart, John Oliver keep proving satirists get more done than politicians

Michael Moore might save Flint: Moore, Jon Stewart, John Oliver keep proving satirists get more done than politicians | Comedy and Democracy | Scoop.it
Jon Stewart got results for 9/11 responders. Moore got action over Flint's toxic water. Big wins for comic activism
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When politicians no longer care about truth, we must turn to the comedians, who have always been about truth.

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Doctors Are Taking The Piss At Tabloid Claims They Live The High Life

Doctors Are Taking The Piss At Tabloid Claims They Live The High Life | Comedy and Democracy | Scoop.it
"When national newspapers publicly and ludicrously attack the personal lives of junior doctors, we respond with humour and defiance," one...
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CNN host Fareed Zakaria calls for jihad rape of white women (satire)

CNN host Fareed Zakaria calls for jihad rape of white women (satire) | Comedy and Democracy | Scoop.it
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Comedy fail.

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Carly Fiorna and Jeb Bush brutally mocked in SNL GOP debate as all 9 candidates get skewered

Carly Fiorna and Jeb Bush brutally mocked in SNL GOP debate as all 9 candidates get skewered | Comedy and Democracy | Scoop.it
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Single Mother Gets 7 Years in Jail for 'Insulting' Thai King

Single Mother Gets 7 Years in Jail for 'Insulting' Thai King | Comedy and Democracy | Scoop.it
A single mother was sentenced to seven years on Tuesday for supposedly "insulting" Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej in a Facebook post.
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'Daily Show' Segment Leads To Huge Change For Veterans

'Daily Show' Segment Leads To Huge Change For Veterans | Comedy and Democracy | Scoop.it
"The Daily Show" has just made a huge difference in the lives of veterans, helping many gain access to a program they were unfairly kept from using.

The Choice Program, which was put in place to speed access to medical care after it was...
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A snooty lady asked this waiter for fancier salt. Watch him drop a hysterical, African truth-bomb.

A snooty lady asked this waiter for fancier salt. Watch him drop a hysterical, African truth-bomb. | Comedy and Democracy | Scoop.it
I love it when funny people give you laughter *that matters*.
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‘No Way To Prevent This,’ Says Only Nation Where This Regularly Happens

‘No Way To Prevent This,’ Says Only Nation Where This Regularly Happens | Comedy and Democracy | Scoop.it
ISLA VISTA, CA—In the days following a violent rampage in southern California in which a lone attacker killed seven individuals, including himself, and seriously injured over a dozen others, citizens living in the only country where this kind of mas...
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The coalition to stop gun violence reports that this was the third most shared FB post of 2014. #CSGV

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10 of the Best Moments in Political Comedy This Year

10 of the Best Moments in Political Comedy This Year | Comedy and Democracy | Scoop.it
In a year filled with upheaval and tragedy, we were all in need of a good laugh.
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Why China Is Cracking Down on Puns

Why China Is Cracking Down on Puns | Comedy and Democracy | Scoop.it
A brief guide to the wordplay bedeviling Chinese censors, from marijuana to alpacas
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Comedy will undermine authority.

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Jon Stewart: ‘Evil is relatively rare. Ignorance is epidemic’

Jon Stewart: ‘Evil is relatively rare. Ignorance is epidemic’ | Comedy and Democracy | Scoop.it
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This is exactly the required attitude for a democracy. "They're not evil, they're just stupid." This is how we maintain hope.

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Why John Oliver’s Last Week Tonight Is Better Than The Daily Show and Colbert

Why John Oliver’s Last Week Tonight Is Better Than The Daily Show and Colbert | Comedy and Democracy | Scoop.it
This article originally appeared in Vulture. I haven't watched an entire episode of The Daily Show or The Colbert Report in months. My disengagement coincided with the debut of Last Week Tonight With John Oliver, which ended its first season Sunday night. Oliver’s show gives me the same giddy charge that really great segments of The Daily...
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The Internet Is Going Photoshop Crazy Over Kim Jong-un Bending Over

The Internet Is Going Photoshop Crazy Over Kim Jong-un Bending Over | Comedy and Democracy | Scoop.it
I don’t mean to alarm you while you’re tucking into your leftover laden sandwich, but Viral Thread have some breaking North Korea news that needs to be shared with the world. Kim Jong-un has… bent over. The warmongering North Korean dictator was caught in the interesting position while inspecting the firmness of a mattress, and the internet loved …
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Emotional Wayne LaPierre Honors Victims Of Background Checks

Emotional Wayne LaPierre Honors Victims Of Background Checks | Comedy and Democracy | Scoop.it
The Onion, America's Finest News Source.
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The Onion nails it again.

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‘Republican Jedi’ and five more awkward conservative attempts to glom on to pop culture

‘Republican Jedi’ and five more awkward conservative attempts to glom on to pop culture | Comedy and Democracy | Scoop.it
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It's hard to be funny when your entire strategy is generally hate and fear-mongering.

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Fox News Channel To Feature Comedy, Parody In New ‘Greg Gutfeld Show’

Fox News Channel To Feature Comedy, Parody In New ‘Greg Gutfeld Show’ | Comedy and Democracy | Scoop.it
Fox News Channel is often the subject of critique by hosts of satirical programs like “The Daily Show.” Now, the network will launch a program that features monologues and parodies all its own. The 21st Century Fox-owned outlet said it would launch a “comedic news hour” on Sunday nights hosted by Greg Gutfeld. “The Greg... Read more »
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Good luck with that.

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At the Flick of a Switch - Press Releases - Judiciary Committee

House Judiciary Committee | judiciary.house.gov
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Another GOP comedy fail, on so many levels. And why is every GIF a white girl??

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Taran Killam Issues A Cautiously Steadfast Response To The ISIS Sketch From ‘SNL’

Taran Killam Issues A Cautiously Steadfast Response To The ISIS Sketch From ‘SNL’ | Comedy and Democracy | Scoop.it
Killam says he stands by the ISIS sketch from this weekend's 'Saturday Night Live' that some found controversial.
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Re-watch the monologue that changed Stephen Colbert’s career

Back in 2006, Colbert delivered one of the most scathing White House Correspondents Dinner monologues ever.
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This is why Colbert has my undying admiration & gratitude. This was a ray of hope at a dark moment.

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Politically-Charged Ferguson Sketch ‘Cut For Time’ From ‘SNL’

Politically-Charged Ferguson Sketch ‘Cut For Time’ From ‘SNL’ | Comedy and Democracy | Scoop.it
Is "SNL" finally learning how to directly address race?
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The Case Against Male Suffrage

The Case Against Male Suffrage | Comedy and Democracy | Scoop.it
In 1915, five years before women won the right to vote, a group of suffragettes published an Onion-worthy pamphlet.
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Jon Stewart Tells CBS Money in Politics is a Corrupting Force

Jon Stewart Tells CBS Money in Politics is a Corrupting Force | Comedy and Democracy | Scoop.it
The host of the "Daily Show" comments on why big money shouldn't influence the political process and how defenders of big money use paradoxical arguments to justify the status quo.

Via Marianne Castiglia
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