Strange Bedfellows

How Late-Night Comedy Turns Democracy Into a Joke

By Russell L. Peterson
(Rutgers University Press, Hardcover, 9780813542843, 254pp.)

Publication Date: March 2008

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From Johnny Carson to Jon Stewart, to Stephen Colberts roasting of President Bush at the White House Correspondents Dinner, Strange Bedfellows explores what Americans have found so funny about our political institutions and the people who inhabit them, and asks what this says about the health of our democracy, Peterson shows how each brand of satire plays off a different level of Americans frustrations with politics.
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