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Samantha Bee On "Full Frontal With Samantha Bee"

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.

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NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 03: Comedian Samantha Bee attends the Fast Company Innovation Festival 2016 - Samantha Bee at Skirball Center, NYU on November 3, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images for Fast Company)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 29: Actress Samantha Bee attends The Women's Media Center 2016 Women's Media Awards at Capitale on September 29, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Jimi Celeste/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - AUGUST 06: TV personality Samantha Bee accepts the award for 'Outstanding Achievement in News and Information' onstage at the 32nd annual Television Critics Association Awards during the 2016 Television Critics Association Summer Tour at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on August 6, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - JUlY 27: Comedian Samantha Bee sits for a portrait at the Washington Post Live space on the third day of the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, PA on Wednesday July 27, 2016. (Photo by Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 24: Jason Jones and Samantha Bee attend the TBS For Your Consideration event at The Theatre at Ace Hotel on May 24, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 17: Comedian Samantha Bee attends TBS's 'A Night Out with Conan O'Brien, Rashida Jones, Samantha Bee and Jason Jones' at The New Museum on May 17, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MAY 18: Comedian Samantha Bee attends Turner Upfront 2016 arrivals at The Theater at Madison Square Garden on May 18, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images for Turner)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MAY 18: Samantha Bee appears on stage during Turner Upfront 2016 show at The Theater at Madison Square Garden on May 18, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Turner)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 20: Actress and comedian Samantha Bee attends the Tribeca Daring Women Summit during the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival at Spring Studios on April 19, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images for Tribeca Film Festival)
NEW YORK, NY during the APRIL 20: Samantha Bee (L) and Allana Harkin attend Tribeca Talks Daring Women Summit during the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival at Spring Studios on April 20, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Desiree Navarro/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 06: Samantha Bee attends the AOL Build Speaker Series to discuss 'Full Frontal with Samantha Bee' at AOL Studios In New York on April 6, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Rob Kim/Getty Images)
THE VIEW - Dr. Richard Besser and Samantha Bee visit 'THE VIEW,' 2/11/16 (11:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon, ET) airing on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Lou Rocco/ABC via Getty Images) SAMANTHA BEE
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 10: Correspondent Samantha Bee speaks on the episode that John Oliver takes over as summer guest host of 'The Daily Show with Jon Stewart' on June 10, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for Comedy Central)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 26: Actress Samantha Bee (L) and Jason Jones attend 2014 American Comedy Awards at Hammerstein Ballroom on April 26, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 08: Samantha Bee attends The Night Of Too Many Start Live Telethon on March 8, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images for Comedy Central)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 02: Samantha Bee speaks at Dove April Truth Day Event with Samantha Bee of 'The Daily Show' on April 2, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for Dove)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 08: Jason Jones, Samantha Bee, and Larry Wilmore attend The Night Of Too Many Start Live Telethon on March 8, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images for Comedy Central)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 13: (L-R) Seth Green, Anderson Cooper, Samantha Bee, Kevin Reilly, President, TBS & TNT & Chief Content Officer, Turner Entertainment, David Levy, President, TBS, Inc., Charles Barkley, Donna Speciale, President, Turner Ad Sales, TBS, Inc., Billy Eichner, John Martin, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, TBS, Inc., Eric Dane, and Jeff Zucker, President, CNN Worldwide. TBS, Inc. attend the Turner Upfront 2015 at Madison Square Garden on May 13, 2015 in New York City. 25201_002_TW_0473.JPG (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Turner)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 18: Samantha Bee attends the 2nd Annual LOL With LLS Comedy Night to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society on May 18, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Robin Marchant/Getty Images for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 02: Samantha Bee attends Dove April Truth Day Event with Samantha Bee of 'The Daily Show' on April 2, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for Dove)
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