Howard Stern‘s career has gone from the scatological to the philosophical, as the one-time Fart Man is now mentioned in presidential debates and widely praised as the best interviewer in the business. But Stern has a new challenger who also traffics in pure comedy — while letting some “message” slip in. The new “best interviewer in the business” is shaping up to be Samantha Bee, who has the sting to match her surname.
Full Frontal with Samantha Bee (TBS) is a strong primetime showcase for the high-wattage intelligence of Bee, who like Stern routinely approaches the profound while delivering comedic gems. In an interview with President Obama on Halloween, Samantha Bee asked if there is a female equivalent to the “birtherism” that looney critics hurled at him during his presidency. Anticipating a Hillary Clinton presidency, Obama credited Bee with “an interesting question” before saying he thought “the equivalent will be ‘She’s tired, she’s moody, she’s being emotional.'” Obama warned that critics will hammer Clinton on her ambition — a prediction that guarantees this Samantha Bee interview should have the longevity of some of Stern’s Trump talks. Full Frontal with Samantha Bee airs Mondays at 10:30/9:30c on TBS.