For too many years, Samantha Bee was known only as “That sarcastic blonde lady on The Daily Show”. Well, now, that sarcastic blonde lady has her OWN show which means at least one American late night talk show (out of 11) has a female host. Sam is - some might say - a most welcome rissole amongst the veritable sausage fest that is the BBQ of late night television.
Full Frontal with Samantha Bee will undoubtedly become your go-to for shrewd smack downs and pitiless political commentary. It’s a safe place - a place where those who have been blessed (or cursed) with common sense and a moral compass can rejoice as wit, reason and a healthy dollop of derision rule over the batshit insanity that is the US political landscape of 2016.
The show is about halfway through it’s first season in the US and has already given us so many gems… I limited myself to ten...
1. The supremely inconvenient death of Antonin Scalia
Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia died suddenly this year. It was undoubtedly a sad day for his family, conservatives and for certain kinds of lovers of the US Constitution (which he was famous for interpreting reeeeeally literally). But the tears quickly dissipated, making way for whining and panicked bed-wetting as it dawned on Republicans that Scalia’s death meant there was yet ANOTHER vacant seat on the bench for Comrade Obama to fill with whatever homo loving, late-term abortion defending, Allah-worshipping liberal he wanted.
Watch in glee as Sam Bee tackles Scalia’s death and the utter shit-show of a Presidential debate that followed.
2. Sam's uterus: 1 / Ignorant old bloke: 0
Sam Bee is hilarious, smart and switched on to the major issues of the day. But one thing separates her from the pack: her uterus. It’s this uterus that makes her uniquely qualified to tackle the Goblet-of-Fire-like obstacle course that a woman must endure to get a legal abortion in the state of Texas.
3. Maybe we need to worry about Kasich
Everyone is terrified of a potential President Trump, but in this brilliant bit, Sam wonders if maybe we’re worrying about the wrong guy… perhaps we should be paying more attention to little known Republican candidate John Kasich, the guy who, “In the nauseating, bus terminal rest-room that is the Republican primary, seems like the least disgusting stall.”
4. Everybody hates Ted Cruz
In between calling Trump “Casino Mussolini” and finding literally hundreds of people who think Ted Cruz is even worse, Sam then bestows upon us one final gift: a recently unearthed video of Senator Cruz getting his thespian on in an excruciating college performance of The Crucible.
5. Ohhh, so that's what rape is!
If she wanted to, Sam could make her entire series a rational yet impassioned monument to feminism on the cock-dotted landscape that is Late Night… But that’d be too easy. Nonetheless, Sam’s never better than when honing in on the shocking inequalities women face everyday, and this expose on how rape victims are ignored, doubted and vilified is nothing short of astonishing.
6. How worried should we be about a refugee invasion?
In the second episode, Bee shows us she’s not messing around by heading straight to Jordan to visit Syrian refugees waiting to be processed and sent to America. In her trademark style, Sam introduces us to an American lady whose job it is to process these refugees. She explains in terms so simple even Donald Trump could understand, just exactly how difficult it is to get a refugee visa for the USA, how many security checks are faced along the way and how anybody who thinks such a visa is a cunning way for a terrorist to sneak himself out of the Middle East and onto Uncle Sam’s front porch is a straight up idiot.
7. Here lies our dear, departed friend, the GOP
The GOP survived George Bush, Fox News and Sarah Palin… but Donald Trump’s penis? No one could survive an encounter with something so horrific… Sam Bee’s lunch certainly couldn’t.
8. What it's like to be a working woman
While exploring the sad reality of being a lady in the workforce (ie, daily sexual harassment is just part of the deal), Sam wonders why more women don’t get into comedy. Her reasoning (understood by every single female who has ever started a twitter account): “Maybe it’s because every time a woman opens her mouth to tell a joke, someone tries to put their dick in it!”
9. Presenting... Maestro Bernie Sanders
Whichever member of Bee’s writing staff figured out that when Bernie Sanders talks he looks like an orchestra conductor deserves a raise.
10. Understanding Trump supporters
In maybe her best bit yet, Sam gathered a group of seemingly intelligent youngsters, each one more racially, ethnically and sexually diverse than the last, and asked them one simple question: Why the f**k are you supporting Donald Trump? She gave them her time, her patience, hell, she even gave them a party… and after all that, she - and we - still have no damn clue how Trump is still in the race.
Starting from 26 April, new episodes of Full Frontal will be fast tracked from the US at 8pm (AEST) on SBS 2. After they air, those episodes will be available on SBS On Demand.
Episodes 1 - 9 are available on SBS On Demand right now.
Watch episode 1 right here: