Remember when I wrote that “The Daily Show” had lost its edge with Trevor Noah in the anchor chair? The mantle of brilliant topical comedy had passed instead from Jon Stewart to John Oliver on his HBO “Last Week Tonight” show, and now Samantha Bee has picked it up and run with it on her TBS “Full Frontal” show, which debuted last night.
Her take on the presidential campaign was sharp and biting, with the kind of attitude distinctly missing from Noah’s approach. Sure, she’s had months to prepare for her premiere, but much of what came out of her mouth Monday night was clearly written in the last 72 hours — and it worked.
Who’d have thought that two weekly shows (“Full Frontal” and “Last Week Tonight”) could do this better than one that does it four nights a week? Bee’s impressive opener leaves the lame material that makes up Weekend Update on “SNL” in the dust, too.