Where Do You Turn When You Need to Laugh Because the State of Politics Makes You Want to Cry?

For me, it's Samantha Bee.
Publish date:
June 7, 2016
politics, living abroad, open threads, humor, America, election

Okay y'all, I know politics isn't usually my beat.

I don't know if this post even really counts as a "political" post. Additionally, I'm so ass-backwards jet lagged that it wouldn't take much wizardry to convince me that a REAL elephant and donkey were competing to be president. I'd clap like a goddamn toddler.

But watching the election unfold from abroad, there are times I just feel SO HELPLESS, so far removed. Yes, I vote and I stay as up-to-date as possible on the issues that effect the people I care about, the people more people should care about, and me. But watching America through the lens of another country can be...disheartening.

Over the past few months I've gone through feelings of anger, terror, horror, profound sadness, even brief moments of inspiration — and while I have my husband and a handful of American expats here, there are times I really miss the camaraderie of the masses (alright, my mass, my like-minded people). Having just been in the US for a month, a month in which I feel like I got to experience and see the best — and not-so-best — of America, I'm feeling a little down right now.

More than the post-holiday blues, part of me wants to be in the thick of things. I can't quite explain it. Hong Kong is where I'm supposed to be right now, but America is pulling my heart strings and my uh, gut strings? (Donkey President! Clap-clap-clap!)

For the less than a week I've been back here, mulling over all that has happened in America since I've hit Hong Kong soil again, I've found solace in Samantha Bee of Full Frontal with Samantha Bee.

Alright, this clip is about Blazer Rat, but I LOVE BLAZER RAT.

Blazer Rats aside, Samantha Bee makes me happy when skies are gray. There's a "laugh-in-the-face-of-lunacy-otherwise-I'll-weep" quality to her political commentary that more often than not cuts to what I'm thinking or feeling in a much smarter, wittier, more concise way than I'm capable.

In the midst of all my "woe is America" feelings over here, her rage and humor and humanity keep me fired up (instead of just wanting to burrow into a pile of blazers and sleep for the next few a Blazer Rat...)

So instead of being a weepy expat (all the time), I'm laughing.

I want to laugh some more.

Who do you watch, listen to, or read when you just need to LAUGH about the state of politics? Who helps you "laugh in the face of lunacy"?