If you had any doubt that modern late night political comedy is a corrupt, hack-filled enterprise, Samantha Bee on Tuesday is proof positive. Appearing on CBS This Morning, the TBS Full Frontal host exclaimed that, with Trump gone, hosts can just have “fun” and they can focus on “exploring ourselves.”
Holding Joe Biden to account with political mockery is clearly not on the agenda. Talking to CBS guest host Michelle Miller, Bee cheered, “I have to say that post-Trump it is so much more fun to do the show.... The transition was so -- it was so effortless for us. It was just chef's kiss. We're having so much fun doing the show, we're going to wild places. We're doing all this stuff.”
We're doing all this stuff... except make fun of Biden. Underlining this point, the partisan Democrat host appreciated not having a Republican to constantly run down: “It feels like we're really blossoming and getting a chance to do stories we wouldn't get to do otherwise. So, it’s been a great evolution.”
How much of a contrast is this? In 2018, the unhinged Bee lashed out at Ivanka Trump as a “feckless cunt.”
In April of 2021, Bee seemed puzzled that she would even be required to make fun of Biden, telling Dan Rather: “Why would I purposefully undermine something that seems to be a great idea, pretty much across the board? Like, I don’t need to make jokes just to make jokes. Like, I like to make targeted jokes.” In February of 2021, she told Al Roker that the “adults are in charge.”
Another reminder that late night political comedy is for Democrats only. Republicans and independents should just tune Bee and her fellow hacks out.
A partial transcript to the segment is below. Click “expand” to read more.
CBS This Morning
MICHELLE MILLER: Samantha, Michelle here. You launched Full Frontal five years ago. Since then we've had two presidential elections, we've had a global pandemic. How has your show evolved since then?
SAMANTHA BEE: Oh, you know, I have to say that post-Trump it is so much more fun to do the show.
BEE: I know that there was a lot of conversation about late night shows and what will everybody do in a post-Trump era? I have to tell you the transition was so -- it was so effortless for us. It was just chef's kiss. We're having so much fun doing the show, we're going to wild places, we're doing all this stuff, we're coming out of the pandemic. It feels like we're really blossoming and getting a chance to do stories we wouldn't get to do otherwise. So, it’s been a great evolution. Honestly I think the show is better than ever.
BEE: You in fact say that the idea that the Trump administration was good for comedy is in fact wrong. Why?
MILLER: Oh, yeah. Well, I mean it was bad for the world. [Laughs.] It's better for us now because the world is better and it's a little bit easier for us as a comedy show to explore ourselves and to tell the kinds of stories that we maybe wouldn't have had a chance to do otherwise.