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Connections: Is American Satire Dead?

Sep 21, 2016

Is American satire dead? Author Malcolm Gladwell says it is.

Think Tina Fey was great as Sarah Palin? Gladwell calls it "toothless." Jimmy Fallon as Donald Trump? Pathetic, made even worse by Trump's repeat appearances on the show. Gladwell says the best satire is not just about an accurate portrayal; it's about making a point, and moving the public. But is Gladwell being unfair? Are there great satirists working today?

Our panel discusses the value of satire, and why we don't see nearly as much satire as other forms of comedic expression. In studio:

  • Kerry Young, director, teacher, and veteran on the theater scene
  • Tim Ryan, Geva Comedy Improv
  • Tom Proietti, resident scholar in media at St. John Fisher College