‘Full Frontal with Samantha Bee’ Emmy FYC event: America has ‘elected your show as President’

“When Hillary Clinton lost, we sort of silently elected your show as President,” moderator Carrie Brownstein told Samantha Bee and the “Full Frontal” crew Tuesday night at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. At TBS’s sold-out Emmy FYC event, Bee and showrunner Jo Miller were joined by many of the program’s correspondents, writers and producers: Ashley Nicole Black, Mike Rubens, Allana Harkin, Miles Kahn, Alison Camillo and Pat King.

Speaking about how the show addresses the varying degrees of Donald Trump‘s truthiness, Bee noted, “I think the climate that we’re living in is more challenging because there’s too much information now. There’s just too much happening too quickly. And it’s challenging to just live as a human being here now and cope with that. I think that we face the same stressors that anybody does who pays attention to the news cycle, but it’s just coming at us constantly. It’s really difficult to extract yourself from that info-stream.”

When Brownstein informed the “Full Frontal” team that many Americans get their news from them each week, Miller joked, “Don’t do that! I have a very angry cat, because he doesn’t get fed until I’m done with the Post.” And Bee added, “I know that I wake up at 5 o’clock in the morning sharp and start reading papers on my phone. That’s why my double chin is getting so much worse!”

Among the fun topics of conversation, the crew discussed their successful “Not the White House Correspondents’ Dinner” comedy special from April 29, Black, Rubens and Harkin recalled their field pieces dealing with ignorant Trump supporters, and Bee reminisced about her Halloween interview with President Barack Obama.

Can “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee” break into the crowded Best Variety Talk category at the Emmy Awards? For that to happen, one of last year’s nominees will have to miss out: “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee,” “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” “Late Late Show with James Corden,” “Real Time with Bill Maher,” “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” and winner “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver.” True, “Full Frontal” did earn a bid for Best Variety Writing last year, but viewers everywhere now have their fingers crossed for a nomination in the top category.

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