1:48 pm
Fri October 26, 2012

The Daily Show's Lizz Winstead: Rachel Maddow, Yankees Fans and Me

Author/comedian Lizz Winstead talks with Emily Rooney on the Greater Boston set on Oct. 25, 2012.
Author/comedian Lizz Winstead visits Greater Boston.

It’s election season. And as you might expect there is a lot of chatter about it here in the WGBH newsroom. Inevitably, following a crucial moment on the stump or in one of the debates someone says something along the lines of, “Oh man I can’t wait to see what SNL is going to do with this” or "Did you see how Colbert handled that last night?"

Comedy has truly, fully become an integral part of the American political landscape.  And if there is one show that is the heart and soul of that nexus of politics and comedy it's The Daily Show— a show that Lizz Winstead helped create.

 Since then, as far as I can tell, Winstead has brought her voice and her brand of political humor to every single media outlet known to man. She helped launch the liberal radio network Air America. She's appeared on stage (her "Wake Up World" was an off-Broadway hit). In print (her new book is "Lizz Free or Die"). On a blog for the Huffington Post. On PBS and network shows like "Politically Incorrect." On CNN and MSNBC.  Now she's finally made her Boston Public Radio debut. Winstead stopped by the BPR studios ahead of her Sunday, Oct. 28 appearance at Johnny D's in Somerville [Oct. 31 update: rescheduled to Nov. 11 due to Hurricane Sandy.] She explains how a bad blind date with a Yankees fan led to The Daily Show and why Rachel Maddow has Winstead's "first gay best friend" to thank for her career. Guests:

  • Lizz Winstead, co-creator of The Daily Show. Comedian. Writer. Producer. Troublemaker.

Video: Winstead talks with Emily Rooney on Greater Boston.