TV hosts humor elections

By Jesse Baalman

This year’s presidential nominees are easy media coverage targets.

Late night TV hosts have set themselves apart by taking what politics has given them and turned it into something that is as intelligent, as it is hilarious by the use of scripted segments, event breakdowns and open discussions.

“The Daily Show” on Comedy Central

Trevor Noah, host of Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show,” puts his own spin on the show that was once hosted by Jon Stewart.

Noah’s arrival could not have come at a better time than the 2016 election year.

His refreshing perspective on politics is unbiased in some of the best ways. His relaxed outlook has been welcomed because it creates a sense of ease among viewers.

Unlike Jimmy Fallon, fellow late night host, who never quite goes as gritty, Noah manages to cut deep into the cores of both presidential candidates while never letting one off the hook more often than the other.

His “Brexit Breakdown” segment is one of the best segments to watch for anyone seeking an understanding of the situation in a dry and funny way.

“Full Frontal” on TBS

Ruthless is one word to explain Samantha Bee, host of “Full Frontal” on TBS.

Bee’s special after the Orlando, Florida shooting was nothing short of astounding as she uninhibitedly spoke for a full seven minutes about gun violence in the U.S..

A clear, straight-forward, no-nonsense voice like hers is key in this election.

Her opinions on Donald Trump are darkly funny and eye-opening. She gives specific political stances that have turned some potential viewers away, but her words are of the most informative and persuasive on TV right now.

The show is something to look out for as it will share in the rage that anyone feels towards politics in the U.S.

Her “Advice She Didn’t Ask For” segment breaks down Hillary Clinton’s harsh treatment in the media as opposed to Trump’s temperament.

“Late Night Show” on NBC

Seth Meyers uses his “Saturday Night Live: Weekend Update” experience on his NBC show and lengthens it into an hour-long program that is comedic while covering more in-depth political situations nightly.

Meyers tells it like it is, but never harshly divides his audience. He has distinguished himself from other hosts by offering a variety of segments that are entertaining while utilizing his more liberal-skewed viewpoint.

His closer look at the first presidential debate is a must-see as it breaks down both presidential nominees in a way like no other host is doing these days. “The Late Show” with Seth Meyers is essentially the “Weekend Update”, but better. His “A Closer Look” segments are recurring ones that focus on the election. They have covered what Trump’s taxes reveal to his business record and more in-depth political analysis, tackled with comedy.