Samantha Bee Q&A: ‘Full Frontal with Samantha Bee’
“It made me feel great just to hear the champagne corks popping outside my office. There were so many people celebrating,” says Samantha Bee about her staff’s reaction to “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee” earning seven Emmy nominations this year including Best Variety Series and Best Variety Special for the show’s “Not the White House Correspondents’ Dinner.” That’s way up from last year when the show broke through with a single nom for Best Variety Series Writing. Watch our exclusive video interview with Bee above.
“Full Frontal” is a weekly political talk show in which Bee and her contributors discuss the latest headlines, explore other important topics that perhaps didn’t make front-page news, and interview noteworthy figures like US Senator Elizabeth Warren and Egyptian satirist Bassem Youssef. The show debuted in the spring of 2016 in the midst of the presidential campaign, and now Bee is covering the chaotic presidency of Donald Trump, which seems to produce new scandals as quickly as Trump can tweet.
“It’s so much worse than I could have ever thought,” says Bee about the Trump administration. “Never in my wildest dreams would I think we’d be tearing down our norms brick by brick … It’s appalling.” She adds, “There are people in this country — and outside of this country — who have to live with the real-world consequences of these actions. When you’re president your words are your deeds, and that is a frightening place for us to dwell.”
In response to Trump and his attacks on the news media, which he called the “enemy of the American people,” “Full Frontal” held its “Not the White House Correspondents’ Dinner” to raise money for the Committee to Protect Journalists. “At first we thought we’d just rent out a hotel ballroom, and we thought it would be 200 people, and it turned out to be 10 times as big as that,” Bee explains about how the event took shape. “It is a very unusual experience for me to step in front of 2,500 people and just start talking with a microphone, so it was a very powerful feeling.”