Satire & The State: Sketch Comedy & The Presidency Since 1960
The relationship between comedy and the presidency has always been perilous and ever-changing, and this book aims to study the relationship between satire and power by focusing on the ways in which comedians have attempted to communicate with and through their presidential impersonations. How has presidential satire influenced the ways we view presidents? And how have presidents used these satiric performances to further their own agendas? In what ways has presidential satire changed in the last fifty-years? The main argument of the book posits that presidential satire has gone from pointing out the absurd in the real, to pointing out the real in the absurd. This shift then raises several questions, including the impact of satire on presidents (and our views on presidents)? In short, does satire matter?