The IU News & Media Team became aware of a story being written by a reporter for Variety magazine, the leading publication about the entertainment industry, about “investigative comedy,” comedy shows that use news reporting as the basis for their jokes. The story was to focus on a new program by Samantha Bee on TBS and the new season of “Last Week with John Oliver” on HBO.
The writer, who the IU News & Media Team had worked with before, was directed to Julia Fox, an associate professor in the Media School at Indiana University. Fox has written on this topic and previously conducted research into how credible people view the “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.”
Fox was the first person quoted in the Feb. 16 Variety article, “Late-Night’s New Battle: Will John Oliver, Samantha Bee and Others Usurp TV News?“