Samantha Bee Full Frontal TBS Donald Trump Election

Full Frontal's Samantha Bee: 'It's a Tiring Experience' Making Fun of Trump

You might think the election of Donald Trump would be a godsend for political comedians like Samantha Bee. But honestly, it’s just exhausting.

“It’s a tiring experience to… wake up and have a fresh new world presented to you everyday, with things that you would have never expected to see,” the host of TBS’s Full Frontal With Samantha Bee told reporters at the Television Critics Association winter press tour on Saturday. “That presents challenges… for our souls.”

But she insists she’ll never lose her trademark sense of outrage as she rants about the week’s political news. “There’s plenty to be outraged about,” she says. “For those 21 minutes per week — and I’m very glad I only have to do it once a week — it’s a very cleansing and cathartic experience for me.”

Full Frontal recently made a move to Wednesdays (10:30/9:30c), which Bee says was long overdue “in a workflow sense, in a life-balance sense. It’s a better schedule for us.” And it allows the show to be more nimble in covering late-breaking news, like last week’s intel leaks about Trump’s infamous (alleged) acts with Russian prostitutes.

“If that had happened on a Sunday, we wouldn’t be able to respond,” executive producer Jo Miller says. So, as Bee wryly puts it, the move to Wednesdays was “a golden shower of opportunity.”

Bee’s show has been very clear in its opposition to Trump and right-wing politicians in general, but Miller says they haven’t received any serious threats: “No one’s sent us fake anthrax yet.” And correspondent Mike Rubens says that even political opponents sometimes turn out to be fans: “At the Republican convention, people were excited to see Sam: ‘I love the show! You’re wrong about everything, but I love the show!'”

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50 Comments
  1. Heath ryan says:

    And by the comments nobody cares

    • Angela says:

      Well, you evidently cared enough to click on the article and leave a comment, and there’s 26 other comments here, so…

  2. Big Cheddar says:

    While Trump has been a goldmine for many of the late night hosts, I could imagine it would be hard to think of a fresh joke or angle someone hasn’t already covered when it comes to Trump. I’ve witnessed Colbert and Meyers deliver the exact same punchline on the same night – which was pretty hilarious to see.

  3. Raul J says:

    The snowflakes are melting.

    • Darsan54 says:

      Your septic tanks keep filling up and spilling out on the rest of us.

    • Angela says:

      I love it when Trump supporters call us on the left “snowflakes”. This coming from the same people who were all about boycotting ‘Hamilton’ and Starbucks and getting all bent out of shape over Meryl Streep’s speech (instead of just, y’know, changing the channel like any normal person would if they heard something they don’t like). And they support a guy who can’t go a day without picking a fight with somebody on Twitter.
      .
      But yeah. We’re the sensitive ones. Mmkay.

      • Bill says:

        Let’s not forget the lefts boycott of Chick Fil A, the banking industry, an A&E series nobody has seen, calling for a recount, crying in the streets over the election results, crying over the Washington Redskins “racist” name….

        • Mary says:

          So what you are saying both sides are snowflakes, okay. The only difference I guess is the Left seem to be the majority yet again. Thanks for pointing that out.

        • Angela says:

          Well, let’s see…Chick Fil-A .supported homophobic policies. The banking industry screwed a lot of people over because of deregulation and oversight. People are upset about the election results because various groups are going to be negatively impacted by whatever Trump and his party plan to do, or the things they support (losing healthcare, restrictions on women’s health, a vice president who supports conversion therapy for gay people, a president who thinks it’s okay to grab women in intimate areas without their consent), and because Trump’s ties to Russian hackers kind of seem to indicate some questions about the outcome of this election. There’s also the fact that those connections pose a potentially serious risk to our national security.
          .
          Meanwhile, Trump and his supporters get bent out of shape because a comedy sketch program pokes fun at Trump’s possible sexual proclivities and his constant ranting on Twitter, or because the cast of a play gives a calm, rational, impassioned speech to the vice president during a performance.
          .
          Yep. Totally comparable situations.

  4. Who is Samantha Bee and why does TVLine keep covering her like she’s famous?

  5. Scott says:

    she can go back to Canada where she came from, it’s not like she’s funny anyway

    • Mary says:

      Well I guess your sense of humor is different. Here is a thought don’t watch her. Stick with Hannity on fox because his spew probably are more you style on jokes.

      • Jay says:

        your right. funny is what you think it is like fart sounds. you can do any stupid disgusting thing and someone will laugh. she reminds me of a female Jerry Lewis I like looking at the awkwardness of trying to be taken serious while doing a joke at the same time. reminds me of news people on CNN ABC and MSNBC.

  6. Douglas from Brazil says:

    I hope Trump send her back to Canada. This woman is atrocious.

  7. Steven says:

    Love all these comments asking that a legal citizen leave the country for bring up valid reasons why this man is unfit to serve.

  8. Michael Smith says:

    It’s a pathetic experience being you!

  9. hc says:

    Samantha, thank you. And thank you to your staff. Keep it up. My 24 year old daughter watches, shares you with us, as we all share your outrage. She’s been raised to value integrity, honor, equality and critical thinking skills. Humor requires intelligence. And truth. You supply that. Something, right now, the country desperately needs. Do we wish you had other material to work with? Yes! So here’s hoping for a less tiring future for you. Soon.

    • Scott says:

      You raised your daughter to be a jarring crying liberal very good .

      • hc says:

        Did you just say that honor, integrity, and critical thinking skills belong only to liberals? Interesting. Because I am not a liberal.

        • Jay says:

          I’m pretty sure he was not saying liberals have honor and integrity and sence all her material comes From the Russian thing coming only from liberal sources I don’t believe Critical Thinking was his intent either.

        • Jay says:

          oh yeah and trust me your not a conservative or an independent you lite blue at the very least if you share outrage with Samantha.

  10. Michael says:

    That’s because she’s a “one note” comic,..and I use the word comic very loosly

  11. Pep says:

    Who is she?

    • Darsan54 says:

      A former writer/performer for 11 years (?-more or less) on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. Very accomplished stand-up and producer. Not sure, but I think she started with Second City (but I could be wrong there) and originally from Canada.

  12. Gabby says:

    Not as tiring as dealing with liberal nonsense from the media on a daily basis.

  13. larry says:

    Bee is nothing more than a clown who panders to low IQ people. It would seem the country is getting bored with the liberal mind (or lack there of) and their elitist’s attitude. She cannot accept Trump winning so she lashes out with her child like rants and her infantile humor.

  14. cuius says:

    You can be nimble on a Wednesday, but not on a Sunday? We learn something every day, presumably if we’re nimble

  15. peterwdawson says:

    Not a shocker. Trump’s managed to make waves basically every day since he entered the primaries, some really probably not worth covering, and some that are like a golden gift (pun in reference to the peeing on the bed unsubstantiated story intended). I mean, biased towards Obama or not (which more than a few people probably were since there were a bunch of sad break up jokes about it), he just wasn’t as easy to mock on a daily basis. While I don’t think you can ever mock too hard I wouldn’t mind something fresh to hear about now and then.

  16. geegee says:

    It’s even more tiring reading-listening about it… so you chose a bad president, big whoop, join the club.

  17. truffles says:

    Ah I love all the hate from trumpsters. She is hilarious and has some spot on comments regarding trumpland. The latest one about the goldenshower was hilarious!

  18. Scott says:

    More liberal cry babies .

    • Mary says:

      Maybe you sheep could come up with a new one because Trump is the biggest cry baby ever and we want our own special name. Snowflakes is okay because they are unique and we all know Trump’s supporters are the sheep being led to slaughter.

  19. Jay says:

    Not getting death threats from conservatives? this surprises you? when we hold a rally we clean the place better then it was when we got there – the left burns shops and rolls cars. when we gather for something like “I don’t know speaking ideas on campus the violence is when the paid upset left shows up and starts hitting us or screams using their right to protest to take away our right to speak… curious because they have sound proof rooms and soft furry things to bring comfort to them rather than hear other ideas then their own.

    We walked peaceably with another Republican Dr. Martin Luther King till a Democrat named James Earl Ray shut that down with what I guess he believed was his right to protest.

    All in all folks looking at the left has always been a violent bunch with very few exceptions it’s you guys talking about assassinations during Republican presidencies… it started with Lincoln attempted with Reagan and it was all over the net during Bush and I’m seeing it again now at lefty sites. Geez you call us racist bigots and homophobic and violent while your guys tell us to get to the back of the bus or tell your own white protesters to get in the back of a Black lives matter protest. You beat us even threaten the handicapped on video because you thought he voted for Trump you attack our women and Black conservatives that would make a Confederate All Bundy proud. We have lesbian and Gay Republicans that are knocked by the left because they are not socialist

    With all that I still wish you guys well… Total Defeat but well.

  20. Jay says:

    I know it won’t get out on I just wanted to bore you guys and besides I’m sure your readers are sensitive. Fluffy animal anyone?