Let’s face it: the actual news can get downright depressing, even when there isn’t some sort of economic or political crisis going on. And with more and more channels of cable news on television, a single news story can get chewed up and fed to viewers hour after hour without any sort of interesting or insightful commentary. In fact, it seems as though for actual reliable news on television these days, you are more likely to find a daily digest in the most unlikely of places: on the various news shows that are supposed to be satire or comedy, but that actually manage to wrap up the day’s events and present them in a way that is also informative.
For those who are interested in a more hilarious look at their daily news on satellite tv, there are now more options than ever before, thanks to the growing popularity of these types of programs and the fact that high ratings for classics like “The Daily Show” leading to more and more networks desperately wanting their own piece of the pie. As far as classic programming goes, nothing comes close to “The Daily Show,” where long-suffering Jon Stewart, who before was just an actor in various comedies and dramas, somehow managed to transform himself into the voice of a generation known more for their sarcasm but who somehow manage to be on point as well. The format of “The Daily Show” is the gold standard for “fake news” shows on satellite tv. You have a somewhat official-looking set that brings to mind the various official news outlets, only you have an entirely different and often hilarious look at daily events.
The real appeal of something like “The Daily Show” and the reason that it manages to stay on the air season after season is that there is nothing funnier–or more upsetting–than the current state of things. With biting wit, the writers behind “The Daily Show” prove that you don’t have to make things up to be hilarious: you just have to point out what’s happening in the world. Because of the success of “The Daily Show” on Comedy Central, the network launched its own spin-off, right in time with the growing surge in programs with angry personalities who are supposed to be delivering news on other satellite tv channels, but who often just spend their time yelling and spouting off their own ideas.
“The Colbert Report” gave the chance to writer and on-air personality Stephen Colbert to expand beyond simply delivering occasional news stories. Colbert morphs into an enraged television show host, only he is simply parodying those who are actually funny to watch, if they weren’t so scary. But shows like “The Daily Show” and “The Colbert Report” have actually fallen behind with hipster viewing audiences, and most tech-savvy 20-somethings are now more interested in the offerings that Current is bringing to satellite tv.
By far the best program on Current TV that deals with the news in a hilarious way is “InfoMania,” which brings everything from pop culture to current events in a nicely packaged weekly bundle, complete with weekly segments that have managed to gain a whole lot of views online, as well as on television. The host is somewhat reminiscent of the smarmy men in charge of “Talk Soup,” but the real highlights are the various segments that everyone from “The Daily Show” to “Saturday Night Live” have ripped off. Whether it is a female comedian addressing the latest way that advertising tries to belittle women–but in a hilarious way–to the incredible look at what is going on in our culture via our latest YouTube sensations, “Target: Women” and “Viral Video School” have become their own cult hits, with people tuning in online and on satellite tv to get their latest fill.
So if the regular news has you feeling a bit upset at the state of the world, what better way to digest the latest information than with a heavy and delicious dose of knowing sarcasm and commentary. After all, if you’re going to subject yourself to being well-informed, you might as well be getting your news from people who are just as bemused with the current state of affairs as you are. And considering that so many people are using these “fake news” sources as their main source of information, it has become obvious that something about these various shows, from “The Daily Show” to “InfoMania,” are getting something right and special on satellite tv in a way that no one else quite seems to manage.