On Thursday CNN announced that it will be airing a new 8-part series named “The History of Comedy,” focusing primarily on how the political landscape has been reflected upon by outspoken comedians.
It’ll be interesting to watch this since the comedians they have listed, (except for a few)m are not necessarily the names that would pop into my mind when I’m thinking about political comedy.
The release from CNN said that the series (Premiering Thursday, February 9th at 9pm), will feature interview with big names in comedy as well as weave in archival footage from others to show how comedy “has influenced the country’s social and political landscape throughout history.”
The comedians CNN listed on their release who are outspoken on today’s political scene are Judd Apatow, Norman Lear, Sarah Silverman, Margaret Cho, Samantha Bee, Larry David, Kathy Griffin, George Lopez, Keegan-Michael Key, Patton Oswalt and W. Kamau Bell.
Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) — a former “Saturday Night Live” star — will also offer commentary, according to the network.
I’m interested to see how this series premieres. The quick video trailer they’ve provided doesn’t give us much to go on, but anything comedy is always of interest to me. The History of Comedy fits that.
If you’re interested remember to set your DVR to record “The History of Comedy” on CNN.