Un-Conventional Comedy

Those looking for cathartic yucks during this year’s RNC and DNC conventions will have plenty of late night options.

Among the more notable is The Daily Show.  Under host Jon Stewart, The Daily Show gradually dispensed with its frat-boy take on general interest topics in favor of a sharp-edged, educative view on media and politics. The program now seems to be poised for yet another transformation at the 2016 presidential nominating conventions. This time, however, the metamorphosis has more to do with content delivery than tone.

First, The Daily Show with Trevor Noah will be recording episodes from both Cleveland and Philadelphia, and televising live the last night of each convention. The Daily Show has broadcast live before, particularly on election nights. What’s novel is that the “first act” of each live episode will also be streamed on Facebook Live. Full episodes are typically available after they air on The Daily Show‘s website.

The Daily Show will also be distributed exclusively in audio form, starting Tuesday, July 19, with a SiriusXM Simulcast on Comedy Central Radio (channel 95). According to Comedy Central, this marks the first time a late night talk show will simulcast episodes on radio.  You can listen to SiriusXM online if you’re a subscriber to the audio service (or via a free trial).

On Monday, July 18, The Daily Show will also launch on Amazon’s Alexa voice service, giving fans with Alexa-enabled devices access to a brief news segment known as a Daily Show Flash Briefing. Both the Amazon Echo and Amazon Tap connect to the Alexa voice service.

Also, The Daily Show Convention Coverage 2016: Democalypse Now, the first of a three-part special on Snapchat, already premiered Saturday, July 16.  A second episode will post on Saturday, July 23, and a third on Saturday, July 30.  All three short-form SnapChat episodes star Trevor Noah and show correspondents.  You can learn more here.

Here’s a preview of The Daily Show’s convention coverage:

Speaking of Jon Stewart, he will be joining his former Daily Show correspondent and now Late Show host Stephen Colbert for live episodes during the two weeks of the conventions.  As reported in Vulture, the extent of Stewart’s participation is not yet known. The Late Show airs on CBS at 11:35 pm.  You can watch it live-streaming with a subscription to CBS All Access – or the old fashioned way, for free, over the air on your local CBS affiliate. Excerpts will also be available on YouTube.  And don’t forget to play the Late Show’s ‘Convention Bingo’:

Late Night with Seth Meyers will also air a live episode July 21 following presumptive nominee Donald Trump’s acceptance speech.  It hasn’t been announced whether he will provide the same coverage of Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.

Last, but not least, Real Time with Bill Maher, the five-alarm chili of political satire, will be live-streaming its convention specials on YouTube July 20, 21, 27 and 28. Non HBO subscribers will be able to view the half-hour episodes on the Real Time YouTube channel at 11 pm ET/PT. They will also be accessible on Bill Maher’s Facebook page the next day.

Watch Bill mix it up with Republican pollster Frank Luntz:

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