Magazine article Variety

Political Chatter Scores for Late-Night Hosts

Magazine article Variety

Political Chatter Scores for Late-Night Hosts

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If late-night hosts were stocks, Stephen Colbert and Samantha Bee were on the rise this year. Both were nominated in the category after being ignored in 2016, while Jimmy Kimmel, James Corden, Bill Maher and John Oliver returned for another round of voting. Oliver won.

If Emmy favored political humor in this new Trump era, Colbert and Bee's ascensions makes perfect sense. Colbert has dug deep on President Trump, yet managed to find time for absurdist moments. Bee's TBS halfhour launched almost fully formed in February 2016, but pressed forward with field pieces that have taken the host to Russia, among other places. But it's hard to understand why Seth Meyers' "Late Night," which has added political humor to NBC's wee-hours palette, was not included. Or Trevor Noah, whose tenure at Comedy Central's "The Daily Show" has gained new traction. …

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