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Get Your Own Colbert Super PAC Super Fun Pack for Only $99

Late last week, Stephen Colbert announced the next step in his march to Super PAC dominance: the Colbert Super PAC Super Fun Pack, a starter kit for college students to get involved with his fundraising efforts. It includes such vital fundraising supplies as a Turtles Don't Like Peanut Butter t-shirt and a sign that says "If this Super PAC is Caucusing, Don’t Bother Knockusing." You know, standard political stuff. Additionally, it'll come with a treasure map that will lead to real-deal treasure, with the treasure being a free appearance by Colbert himself at your school. The Super Fun Pack is available for preorder now for a minimum donation [...]

Former Senator Arlen Specter Is Amazing at Standup Comedy

Meet your new favorite standup comedian, former Pennsylvania senator Arlen Spector. He demolished New Talent Night at Caroline's Comedy Club last night with roast-worthy lines like this one:

"So I was sitting there enjoying the [Senate gym] hot tub when in comes my colleague Ted Kennedy, in his birthday suit. 285 pounds. Teddy flops into the hot tub like a walrus. You know the story of rising tide lifts all ships? Well my head hit the ceiling."

Then he apparently sipped a martini in his dressing room and noted that his "dance card is open" if anyone wants to invite him to perform again. If you'll excuse [...]

Comedy Looks Beyond the Debt Ceiling

Last Friday morning NPR host Mary Louise Kelly wrapped up a segment on the debt ceiling debate by quoting the Onion headline "Congress Continues Debate Over Whether or Not Nations Should Be Economically Ruined." It was an attempt for the news program to import some levity into their coverage of this perplexing voluntary crisis, but it was also the truest thing that's been said about the debt ceiling to date, and you could sense Ms. Kelly knew this.

The debt ceiling debate in Washington has been dragging on for a long time now. The comic reaction was measured at first — comedians were taking their time to ponder [...]

The Year Ahead in Political Comedy

The new year has just begun, but already political forces have been lining up that will define politics and political comedy for the next 51 weeks. Based on the events of the past week and from the end of last year, we can already get a pretty good glimpse of what's to come. Here are my predictions for the biggest topics for political comedy in the year ahead. Predicting things is easy and fun! If there's one thing we should have learned from all these years watching the Daily Show, it's that no journalist or commentator has ever been penalized for being wrong, even when they're wrong about everything. [...]

Ben Affleck Lends His Mug to a Political Comedy From the Writer of Crazy, Stupid, Love

…and it'll be called Crazy, Stupid, Politics. Wait, that's already a Bill Maher show. But politics are definitely getting a comedy boost in this election year, with the Ferrell-Galifianakis movie Southern Rivals and now the Ben Affleck-starring Nathan Decker, written by Dan Fogelman and centering on "a politician who is caught in an affair and returns to his hometown to confront his past." Bet you five bucks I can predict the name of Affleck's character before even seeing the trailer. It's Nathan Decker. Because that's what the movie is called. I bet you.

Following Colbert's Lead and Fighting the Super PACs

So it's as bad as we thought. When the Colbert Report first began highlighting the looming threat of Super PACs last year, the rest of the country was still obsessed with the president's birth certificate and the wording of Sarah Palin's latest tweets. We are paying attention now. We see in hindsight that it was Super PAC spending, and not the Tea Party "movement," behind the 2010 elections. We have watched this year's Republican election be hijacked by three delusional millionaires, and only one of them is a candidate.

Thanks to the efforts of Stephen Colbert and a few others, we have awareness of campaign spending abuse aplenty. [...]

Louis C.K. Regrets Palin Comments, Thinks "she'd really Hitler up the place" if Elected

Based on Louis C.K.'s GQ interview for their August comedy issue, it's clear he really, truly regrets making those awful/hilarious Sarah Palin tweets last September, specifically the statement "kudos to your dirty hole, you fucking jackoff cunt-face jazzy wondergirl," while drunk on a flight to L.A. "God, what a mess. I really shouldn't have done that. I regret it a lot. I wish I hadn't done that," Louis says now, explaining "I'm not a political comedian. That's just not what I do."

Samantha Bee Journeys to the Holy Land of the Park Slope Co-op

Last night's Daily Show saw a special report from Samantha Bee on the most pressing, dramatic theater of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict: the Park Slope Food Co-op. Her journalism breaks new ground, but the fight rages on, powered by the deadly weapons of hummus and intensely raised eyebrows. Watch it with pita chips.

Louis C.K. May Get Political at the Congressional Correspondents' Dinner

Louis C.K. will continue his world takeover by performing at the 68th annual Radio & TV Congressional Correspondents’ Dinner in June (a totally separate correspondents' dinner from the White House Correspondents' Dinner, which Jimmy Kimmel is hosting). He doesn't usually do much political material, so it should be very interesting to see him take on Washington. Something tells me he'll kinda nail it. (Oh my God, does Louis C.K. branching out into political comedy mean he's going to go for #5 on the list of things he'd have to do for me to like him more? Probably!)

Cynicism and Political Comedy

Here's an interview that Harry Jenkins did with Amber Day, author of Satire and Dissent: Interventions in Contemporary Political Debate. In her book, she looks at political comedians and satirists such as Colbert, Stewart, Michael Moore, Morgan Spurlock, the Yes Men and their effect on the political process. Here, she discusses whether or not watching a show like The Daily Show makes one cynical about politics. It's a pretty fascinating discussion. I think it very much depends on the type of political humor. Most of the traditional late-night comedians like Leno and Letterman do traffic in a more cynical form of political humor. The jokes are primarily aimed [...]