Return of Political Comedy

Comedy Central announced that “The Daily Show” and “The Colbert Report” will return on Jan. 7, having been on hiatus due to the writers strike just when the going got good in the presidential race.

In fact, it seems like a light year away when both shows went dark on Nov. 5. Colbert had just dropped out of the presidential race — remember that? — and Hillary Clinton and Rudy Giuliani were still the undisputed front runners.

With the absence of Leno, Letterman and other late-night shows, political humor has been all but missing from the TV landscape. Nothing on Pat Robertson endorsing Giuliani, Hillary’s helicopter and Ron Paul’s blimp, Barack Obama’s kindergarten record, or the return of Alan Keyes (although the latter is humor in and of itself).

It should be noted that Colbert and Jon Stewart will be returning sans writers (if the strike is still on), so they’ll certainly be under added scrutiny on just what they come up with.

To fill in the gap, Comedy Central has been promoting its Indecision2008 blog, including today’s post on Fred Thompson.

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