Humor and the Election 2008

Humor is a huge part of life, and now it has become a large part of the 2008 election.  From the many television shows Saturday Night Live, The Daily Show, The Colbert Report, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and the Late Show with David Letterman have been weighing in on the election through their humorous comments and reporting.  They are keeping people interested in the election, and might have an effect on this election, to what extent we will have to wait and see.  One thing is for sure, these jokes sure do make the people smile. 


Here are some of the top jokes:

Jay Leno, ““President Bush spoke at a campaign rally in support of John McCain. They raised millions and millions of dollars, most of which will be used to repair the damage of President Bush supporting John McCain at a campaign rally. So it’s kind of a wash”

David Letterman, “”And how about last night on all the major television networks, Barack Obama has a half-hour infomercial TV special. I mean, thank God. It’s about time this guy got some media coverage, don’t you think?” 

Bill Maher, “Sarah Palin was asked a question by a third grader and she got it wrong. She apparently still does not know what the vice president does … She says he or she runs the Senate. No, not in this country. You know I would never accuse George Bush of being a bright man, but when he was elected, at least he knew which building to show up to.”

Here are some video’s about the candidates:

This one is from The Colbert Report about Barack Obama



Here is a video from The Daily Show with Jon Stewart about John McCain



Lastly, here is a video from Saturday Night Live about Sarah Palin



This type of commentary on the election, and the candidate’s are changing the normal format of reporting, and it’s a refreshing breathe to the constant political ad’s played on the television.  They have held interests in this election, and have had the country laughing with them.  With the strong emotions on both sides of the parties’ voters, it is important for the lighter side of the election to be displayed, and I think that in this election these shows have done just that.  Although it is unclear what the effects of these humorous remarks will be, we do know that they sure have made this election fun!



Filed under McCain, Media, Obama, Vice-President

4 responses to “Humor and the Election 2008

  1. Tony Robinson

    Thanks for the lighter edge. I liked the Letterman joke and the links to even more jokes. Who wrote this post though? Always add a byline (your name) right after the title…

  2. Lance Thibert

    The result of this election is a massive misfourtune.

    For comedy writers everywhere.

  3. ilasiea

    Haha this was funny. I agree that the humor really made this election fun to follow. Whether for or against a candidate, there were things you could not help but laugh at. I also agree that it took some of the strain of the political ads off of the people. It was very refreshing. Now we just have to see what in the world they will come up with next, as Obama may be a little tricky to make fun of…or maybe not

  4. Matt Knipple

    It is always nice to get some humor during election time. It gets really old seeing the negative ads (mostly by McCain this time, if not all). Having Colbert, Stewart, and SNL make fun of these politicians and the election make it a little more fun to watch at time. There will be times at my work people would just talk about the most recent SNL skit and not get all heated in election talk, it was quite nice.

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