1/2 Hour News Hour: Targets “Hysteria”

By Brian 

TV Guide’s Stephen Battaglio talks to 1/2 Hour News Hour creator Joel Surnow:

 TVGuide.com: But what struck me when I watched the show was that the bits that were funny weren’t necessarily political. There’s a fake commercial for a magazine about Barack Obama that wasn’t making fun of him — but the hype surrounding him.

Surnow: It’s not a mean-spirited show — I think the one thing we target more than anything else is hysteria. The hysteria over global warming. The hysteria over Barack Obama. College kids’ hysteria over Che Guevera T-shirts. This is funny. This is irrational behavior that has lodged itself in our culture, and no one stops to go, ‘Wait a minute this is kind of absurd.’