Date

3-2015

Degree Name

BS in Journalism

Department

Journalism Department

Advisor(s)

Dan Eller

Abstract

This study investigates the relationship between late night humor and the public’s political opinion. This study looks closely at how humor affects audience learning, how late night humor affects the public’s political awareness, whether or not late night humor is ethical, how late night humor is protected, how late night humor has evolved in regards to its political focus, and if late night humor has created political change.

Late night humor is increasingly focusing on politics. Many people turn to late night humor as a source of news, although late night humor is not considered a news source. This study aims to determine whether or not late night humor has the power to create a political impact by affecting the public’s political opinion.