Day 6

Kliph Nesteroff on the power of comedy in politics

Kliph Nesteroff, author of "The Comedians: Drunks, Thieves, Scoundrels and the History of American Comedy" talks to Brent about the evolution of comedy in politics as a means of social commentary and a means politicians use to try to win over the public.
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There's a reason why Donald Trump's rivals for the Republican leadership complained he received an unfair advantage after hosting SNL a few weeks back. Comedy has become quite the powerful force in politics. 

Brent speaks with Kliph Nesteroff about the evolution of this marriage and key moments when comedy and politics share a mic. He's a comedy historian and the author of the new book, "The Comedians: Drunks, Thieves, Scoundrels and the History of American Comedy."

And, here's a really interesting bit from that interview we couldn't fit in the broadcast version. Kliph Nesteroff talks about the role of civil rights in the evolution of political comedy.

Author Kliph Nesteroff on how the civil rights movement helped politicize comedy. 3:56