Above: taping of Fox News’s conservative comedy pilot
Satire hands a right
Fox, Surnow prep conservative skein
By MICHAEL LEARMONTH
Comedy Central has made a good living out of skewering the political right.
Now Fox News Channel, a primary source of material for Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert, is teaming with the exec producer of “24″ to try its hand at a news satire show for conservatives to love.
Joel Surnow, co-creator of “24,” is shooting two half-hour pilots of a skein he described as “‘The Daily Show’ for conservatives,” due to air in primetime on Saturdays in January.
If successful, the show could take its place on the regular schedule, adding satire to FNC’s formula of news and opinion.
“The way I look at it, almost every comedy show or satire show I see uses the same talking points against George W. Bush and Dick Cheney,” Surnow said. “The other side hasn’t been skewered in a fair and balanced way.”
The working title of the show has been “This Just In,” but that will change because AOL just launched a broadband comedy channel by that name.
The pilot segs will be co-anchored by comedians Kurt Long and Susan Yeagley and feature a family of correspondents. “There will be some elements of ‘The Daily Show’ and some of ‘Weekend Update,’ ” Surnow said.
And as conservative humorists, they will of course be standing on the shoulders of giants.
Ladies and gentlemen, Republican funnyman Dennis Miller:
Ladies and gentlemen, Republican funnywoman Julia Gorin:
Ladies and germs, wingnut director David Zucker:
People, give it up for conservative comic Brad Stine:
Please, God, let this be the alleged screenplay that Jeff Goldstein is working on.
Bonus laffs: Here’s The Comic Battle for America, a BBC Radio segment on ‘the new phenomenon of right-wing humor in America.’