Comedic Language in Media
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and The Colbert Report with Steven Colbert are two shows that air discussing news and political matters. What makes them special is they are based on a comedic standpoint that serious politics do not endorse, such as making blatant jokes about world leaders or poor people. Both shows are broadcasted on Comedy Central, have a desk in the middle of stage, same camera angles, similar introduction music and even the Colbert Report was created in response to how successful the Daily Show became. They are related to each other with their language use such as cursing, sarcasm and comedy, but they differ in delivery and style. John Stewart’s personality of liberalism is polar opposite of that of Steven Colbert’s sarcastically conservative character. The Daily show and the Colbert Report can be considered brother shows; for the most part they both discuss the same matter in recent politics. Delivering basically the same news (just different takes), both shows have similar audiences. Being on Comedy Central, the targeted audience consists of adults and young adults who are politically enthused and want to laugh. Colbert agrees with the most ridiculous things such as American jobs have been outsourced to Ubeki-Ubeki-Ubkei-Ubkei-Stan-Stan (a made up country by Herman Cain) and this is apparent because with his tone and sarcasm the response of the audience is laughter (Electrified Fence). Stewart uses his natural tone and is not sarcastic, yet the audience still finds him funny with is jokes and facial expressions. In both comedies the main character or host has defining qualities. Jon Stewart makes many jokes on all aspects of the news he brings up. The Daily Show is never lacking in comedy, Stewart even starts the show with scribbling on a piece of paper in every direction, showing how he doesn’t take things too seriously. He is very honest with the silliness his work, “I cannot believe that my show was deliberately misrepresented in the news, it’s supposed to be the other way around guys” (October 6th, 2011). The show consists of an introduction to new politics or news, video clips to go along with Stewart’s monologue, one or two guest speakers with an interview and then ends. Steven Colbert mirrors this set up on the Colbert Report. He never states he takes politics lightly, but it is obvious to tell from his tone that everything he says is sarcastic. His show also has guests, videos, monologues and mostly comedy. An example of Colbert’s sense of humor is his pronunciation of ‘Report’ and ‘Sport,’ both mimic how his last name is pronounced, with a silent t. For his one segment, “Sport Report,” he instead says “Spore Repore.” The point of Colbert pronouncing a non silent t as silent is the point of his entire show- to be funny. By doing this, he relates the segment back to him; he makes himself the center of attention. At the end of his sixth year he said, “I want to thank my audience, your loyalty and support has meant everything to me, but not as much as your money” (October 18th, 2011). Here again he is witty and funny and is being an “attention whore,” as Stewart would say. The two hosts’ have similar styles, but one difference really stands out. Jon Stewart has good hearted humor that really represents his true opinions. What Stewart says is how he really feels. He is liberal and uses comedy to straight forwardly make fun of republicans. Steven Colbert, on the other hand, portrays a character of a diehard republican, clearly not the case after watching a single episode of him. He too, is liberal, but only because he makes his character so incredibly conservative it has a negative effect. Colbert is very nonliteral, almost everything he says is a joke about what some republicans said and how he can take advantage of their language and manipulate to make them look wrong and to get laughs. Steward is literal, he is honest in his opinions and his jokes are straight...
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