There has been enough science and technology content on various television programs over the last few weeks that warrants its own post. And no, I’m not talking about the usual suspects on Comedy Central.
@midnight recently had segments that covered the first self-driving truck and a crackdown on advertising via social media. As is this program’s premise, the stories were springboards for rapid-fire jokes.
Key and Peele is a Comedy Central sketch show wrapping up its run this month. On a recent episode it ran a recurring segment on astrophysicist and television host Neil deGrasse Tyson. It’s not officially available online (perhaps not yet) but you can get a glimpse of it from sites like io9.
Drunk History is another Comedy Central program (there is a version of this program that runs in the UK focused on British history). It re-enacts historical events as told by people under the influence of alcohol. That is, actors perform the stories told by the drunken guests. While the program has featured stories about science and/or technical topics before, the September 1 episode (titled New Jersey) was completely focused on such stories. The Union Army Balloon Corps, the discovery of the cosmic background radiation, and the so-called Bone Wars between paleontologists Edward Drinker Cope and Othniel Charles Marsh. Remember, the people telling these stories are drunk, so accuracy and historiography are not likely to be top-notch.