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How To Laugh During A Pandemic, Samantha Bee Talks What It’s Like Making Comedy Right Now




Samantha Bee at the 72nd Writers Guild Awards on February 01, 2020 in New York City.
Samantha Bee at the 72nd Writers Guild Awards on February 01, 2020 in New York City.
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We could all use a good laugh right now. Comedian and TV host Samantha Bee included. The pandemic has upended our lives and in times of distress, we look to comedy to help provide us with momentary relief. But with the entertainment industry at a stand still and studios halting their production, it’s been an adjustment for entertainers like Bee to continue trying to make audiences smile.

The comedian’s late night talk show “Full Frontal With Samantha Bee” has been operating at Bee’s house, with the host performing the show in her own backyard. When and how to go safely back to normal production is something Bee has been thinking a lot about. But for the time being, audiences are getting used to her show’s change of scenery. John Horn spoke with the comedian about what that change to a “work from home” operation has been like, the need to support POC creatives, and the challenges to making comedy in the midst of a pandemic for the podcast “Hollywood, The Sequel.”

Guest:

Samantha Bee, comedian and host of “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee” on TBS; she tweets @FullFrontalSamB