Late night comedy programs have become a popular platform for candidates running for political office and for politicians looking to shape or reshape their image. But it wasn’t always this way – and what are the pitfalls of relying on comedians for our news and current affairs? American Studies lecturer Dr Rodney Taveira joins the podcast to discuss how these programs made the switch from light-hearted variety hours to the home of politics.

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Produced by Elliott Brennan.

Thanks to the Bubamara Brass Band, Zikrayat, Keta and the Freak Fandango Orchestra for their musical contributions to this episode.