This was so much fun. Last night, I got to join friend, awesome person and America's Substitute Teacher Melissa Harris Perry as she covered in for Lawrence O'Donnell on MSNBC's The Last Word. They invited me on to talk a bit about The Onion's political coverage. It felt like an on-air tweetup. I wish we could do this on every Whiskey Friday.
I also have to add that doing cable news segments in which I'm in the same room and at the same table as the host is so much more fun and human than the disembodied, Futurama, talking head-in-a-box method. I don't mind being a talking head. I'd just prefer not to be a talking head in a box.
BTW, you're going to want to mark your calendars. Tuesday October 4 at 10pm is the return of Onion News Network on IFC. This year, the news is even less merciful.
I was on this panel a few weeks ago at The New School. I've done lots of comedy/satire in politics panels in my three years at The Onion, from the UCB to Google and beyond. I think this is the best one yet. I was honored to share the stage with
two of The Gregory Brothers, who are as gracious and thoughtful as they are hilarious and technically talented
to my left (in more ways than one) is author Steve Almond. I'd met him years ago at the Somerville Theatre in Massachusetts, and he easily earned the title of "professor" during the 90 minute segment.
to my right is Dan Powell, a former producer from both Colbert and The Daily Show, now currently with Ugly Americans.
We covered a lot of topics including, but not limited to:
The role/value/purpose of the Colbert and Stewart rallies on October 30th (I'll be there!)
The role of satire as a conveyer of information
The history of "the media," and was there ever really a glory day from which we've allegedly fallen?
How our work has had an impact overseas
Does making fun of politics let us off the hook for- or too easily distract us from actually doing political action, and what is the responsibility of the comedian or satirist?
More heavy shit like the above but in a completely funny way. really.
Here's the official description:
Comedy and politics have gone together for a long time, and in this age, political comedy is everywhere. We have reached a point where instead of just mocking the news, the comedian Jon Stewart was ranked as America's most trusted news source by participants in a Time magazine online poll. How does comedy influence politics? Do jokes about politicians create their image, or just reflect what people already believe? Does political comedy lead people to be more critical of politicians or just more cynical? Join us for this conversation about the influence of comedy on politics.
This event will feature The Gregory Brothers, from YouTube and Barely Political fame for their Auto-Tune the News videos; Baratunde, the web editor of The Onion and co-founder of the blog Jack & Jill Politics; Dan Powell from Comedy Central's show Ugly Americans; and Steve Almond, author of My Life in Heavy Metal and Rock and Roll Will Save Your Life. Sponsored by the Graduate Program in International Affairs
Thanks so much to Lorena Ruiz at The New School for having us!
Last week at the Mashable Media Summit, I had the opportunity to reflect upon the current and future states of the news business. I was very proud to announce that Onion News Network will be releasing news from the year 2137 in an exclusive paid download later this summer.
I was brought in to represent a comedic perspective, but I had to drop some facts in as well. I didn't get to counter all the misinformation, but got some points across and actually had fun. I learned back in Boston to be able to distinguish between Fox News Channel (on cable) and the local Fox affiliates. Anyway, enjoy.
On Monday August 10th, I hosted a launch party for my new TV show, Popular Science's Future Of on the Science Channel (part of Discovery). I wanted to throw a massive public affair but was limited in space and time. We held the party at the lovely apartment of a generous friend. Words were said. Drinks were had. Television was watched.
Also in attendance were two flip cameras operated by my friend Rina Vazirani and Internet pioneer and video maven Bill Cammack. We have Bill to thank for integrating the footage and editing together this piece. I didn't have time to do the titling, but below the video, I'll give props to all who attended (or at least most). It was a great party for a cool new show, and I am humbled to have had so many luminaries, twitterati, facebookerati and just plain old good people honor me with their presence
You too can throw a Future Of watch party in your city. Just do it!
Guests In Attendance:
Andrew Scafetta, Communications man at Discovery
Anil Dash, one of the first employees at Six Apart. Also just a bad ass mamma jamma