Late Night is no longer a boys only club. Samantha Bee broke into the club on Monday night with the premiere of her new show “Full Frontal”.
I was very excited for her premiere. I love Jon Stewart and John Oliver, but we’ve been needing a woman’s voice on Late Night, especially in politics. We may elect our first woman president, we should have a woman’s voice tackling political satire.
Just because Hillary Clinton may be the next president, doesn’t mean Bee let her off easy. She didn’t give Clinton a break, she tore right into her. Clinton was trying to be humble, but Bee wouldn’t let her get a way with it.
Check out this clip:
Bee broke into Late Night in the best way possible. She mentioned being a woman on Late Night, but in the the most hilarious way. She staged a fake press conference with reporters asking her about what it took to be a woman in Late Night. She finally answered one of the various worded questions asking the same thing: ‘What did it take to become a woman on Late Night?’ She replied: “Hard work, a great team and maybe just a little bit of magic.”
Take a look at the clip:
She didn’t really need to address the issue of being a woman on Late Night, but after seeing the sketch, I’m so glad that she did. There’s no reason why Late Night should be an all boys club. Woman can be just as funny. Just look at Amy Schumer. The Golden Globe nominee is hilarious. She shows the world that women can do comedy too. Not that I needed this reminder, but maybe society occasionally does.
Why is it so hard to believe that a woman can hang with the boys on Late Night? If Bee’s first show is any indication, us women can definitely join the club. More networks should give women a chance to share their voice and points of views. There’s a huge untapped market here that they are ignoring.
It’s bold women like Bee and Schumer that we need stepping up and carving our place in the areas that the guys have claimed. When I was little my mom told me I could be anything I wanted and she meant anything. It didn’t matter my gender, if I wanted to do it, I could do it.
According to Vox, Bee will inevitably tackle different topics than the males on Late Night and she will examine them through different eyes, because of course, she’s female.
“I was never prevented from exploring my point of view, but ultimately “The Daily Show” was filtered through someone else’s worldview,” Bee said of her time on Comedy Central. “Mine is just inherently different. I’m steeped in, you know … my woman-ness, frankly.”
We have so many different view points on Late Night, but what we’ve been missing is a woman’s voice and we really need more of them across the board.
I’ve missed Stewart since he left “The Daily Show” and I’ve been missing Oliver, though, he will be coming back on Sunday. I’ve been missing my political satire fix. It’s been a long election and we still have many months to go. We need the comedy to help us through.
Bee had a lot of fun on her first episode. The many candidates gave her a ton of content for her first show. She would have loved to talk non-stop about the Democrats’ shenanigans, but the Republicans just gave her too much to scratch her head about. The last debate was a debacle with empty podiums, Donald Trump losing nouns from his vocabulary, and Marco Rubio getting crushed.
Bee is a true comedian and didn’t let anyone off the hook. If a candidate did something stupid or funny, they were fair game. The candidates did not disappoint, at least in the case of comedy.
She’s been dying to get back on TV with all that’s going on with the 2016 election. She said: “For months I’ve been just sitting here with no show just yelling at a wall while the most deranged electoral s**t show in a generation passed me by, and it has been killing me.”
This election has been a lot less fun without great satirical commentary on the candidates. I’m finally get my fix with the former ‘Daily Show’ correspondent. I couldn’t stop laughing and pretty much agreeing with everything she was saying.
It was a monumental night, even though it shouldn’t have been, when Bee’s show hit the air. She’s only one show in and I’ve already set my DVR to record the series. She will find a voice and truly make the show her own, but I’m loving what I’ve seen so far. It exceeded my expectations.
Check out Bee’s “Full Frontal” on TBS Mondays at 10:30pm ET, you won’t be sorry.
Mandy is the managing editor of Bold.global. She’s obsessed with TV and with that passion she created Primetime Addiction that she grew to reach 25,000+ people a month. Mandy holds a master’s degree in magazine journalism from England. She’s contributed to publications in New York, Florida and the United Kingdom.