OnlyOnAOL: Samantha Bee: This campaign is 'an out of control train'
By: Donna Freydkin
Those who lament the lack of women in late night need to watch "Full Frontal with Samantha Bee," the satirical, razor-sharp news analysis airing Mondays on TBS. It's headlined by Bee, a former a correspondent on Jon Stewart's "The Daily Show."
Everything is fair game for Bee, as long as she can find a funny way in. Bee slammed the backlog of untested rape kits, likening the debacle to auditions for a show called Hoarders: Rape Kit Edition. She dubbed our two presidential contenders a" freshly-sandpapered reality star and a human Che Guevara T-shirt." As for Hillary Clinton, "she's the giving tree. She gives and she gives til she's a sad little stump with nothing left" -- except her fortune.
And she's especially proud of a segment on GOP also-ran John Kasich, who has somehow morphed into a moderate in public opinion when in fact, he's anything but. "The fun things are things we can go deeper with. The piece we did on John Kasich was one of my favorite ones. That was really pleasing" says Bee.
When she signed on to do her on show, she had no idea of how well it would be received, or the impact it would make. "No. Oh god no. No no no. We did not know how it would be received. I felt there was an appetite for the kind of show we want to make. We want to make a show that we want to watch. That's our mission from the beginning," says Bee.
And that means tackling issues relevant to women, including access to birth control and abortion. "Of course. We're steeped in it. When someone tells us to smile, we feel collectively like we need to have a moment," she says.
Ask her about the election, which has somehow propelled Donald Trump into being the front-runner on the Republican side, and Bee just sighs.
"It does feel like a moment. There's a change in the air. People are so tired. People are so fatigued by the conversations that have been happening. It's fun to be a part of claiming that territory for ourselves," she says. "It does feel like an out of control train."
As for late night in general, Bee is optimistic that it's becoming less of a forum for white men of a certain age. After all, South African comedian Trevor Noah replaced Stewart on the "Daily Show."
"It seems to be changing. Chelsea (Handler) is launching her show. It does feel like there's change in the air," she says.