As we head into the final stretch of what’s arguably most ridiculous presidential election season in history, we’re all going to need a little sharp comedy to help keep us sane. We’ve scoured the internet to find some of the funniest video series and podcasts to help you stay on top of major events in a much-needed lighthearted approach.
Heads of Space is an animated series that satirizes the Presidential election in the most brilliant and out-there way. All of the candidates are sent to Mars to colonize the planet because a meteor is coming to destroy Earth. The creators explain the twists and turns of the election cycle through space-related obstacles and the hilariously on-point spoofs of each candidate. New episodes are created as the election goes on, and all the episodes are available for free on YouTube!
Politically Re-Active is a podcast in which comedians Hari Kondabolu (@) and W. Kamu Bell (@) try and make sense of politics and current events. They are hilarious and insightful, which is a wonderful and rare mix. Guests in the past have included the likes of Shaun King, Amy Goodman, Dream Hampton, and Van Jones. Some of the topics covered in recent interviews include Colin Kaepernick’s protest of the National Anthem, how race and controversy intersect, and the pervasiveness of haters. At the end of each episode, the hosts recap the most important things they took away from their session.
Stephen Colbert is a true showman, and he really got to shine during the political conventions. He performed musical numbers for the conventions and has a running election coverage bit called “The Hungry for Power Games.” A spoof on The Hunger Games, Colbert becomes Julius Flickerman, the eccentric host of the games, making sharp, ruthless jokes about the candidates. After the wonderful musical medley and public takeover of both the Republican and Democrat convention podiums, I can’t wait to see what Colbert will do next (especially for the debates).
MTV’s Decoded is a weekly series that explores the intersection of race and pop culture and how it relates to politics. The series tackles a lot of issues that are at the forefront of political debates, social policy, and the media. Franchesca Ramsey, the show’s host, does a great job of incorporating interviews with easy-to-digest information. The series has also produced extremely well-done videos about the history of Asian sex stereotypes, the problem with white beauty standards, and even affirmative action. These videos are perfect for explaining issues to your friends or acquaintances who might be embarrassed to ask questions about race.
5. The Tempest Podcast
And of course, be sure to stay tuned to The Tempest Podcast, The Exposé Show. It features The Tempest’s best and brightest Laila Alawa (@), Najira Ahmed (@), and Shayan (@shayan_farooq). These brilliant ladies explore pop culture, social norms, race relations, and lots of fun stuff! They are hilarious and cover a vast range of topics with an intersectional feminist approach in mind.
Hopefully, these resources will help you emotionally survive the next 7 weeks. We all need a little humor when faced with the possibility of a Trump presidency.
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