Comedy Central hasn’t been in the conversation all that much lately, unless it was to announce a replacement for Jon Stewart on The Daily Show and then have to defend their decision because it turns out that Trevor Noah has, in the past, made jokes that could be seen as anti-Semitic or misogynist.
Or maybe they were just sitting, coiled like a viper, waiting for Inside Amy Schumer and Key & Peele to come back.
And last night, Schumer delivered, with a blistering look at body-shaming and market-testing when it comes to which women get to be on television — wrapped in a parody of the 1957 Sidney Lumet classic, 12 Angry Men.
As they say, it’s funny because it’s true. And to have actors like Paul Giamatti, Jeff Goldblum, John Hawkes and Kumail Nanjiani there only sells the simultaneous absurdity and fidelity of the underlying issue.
And then, today, this bit from July’s Key & Peele premiere hit the net. Called “Negrotown,” it manages to mate The Music Man and #BlackLivesMatter in a way that can only be described as uncomfortably delicious.
It’s good to see Comedy Central finding its swing again. Because this is the kind of thing that only comedy can do, and too few people are actually doing with it. Make us laugh at ourselves, and in that laughter, reveal truth.
Marc Bernardin is the Deputy Editor of Playboy.com. He is a big fan of broccoli covered in cheese.