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FINDING HUMOR BEYOND THE OBVIOUS, COMEDY CENTRAL'S CONVENTION COVERAGE IS IN TOP FORM

Criticized as it was for a lack of Olympian drama, the Republican National Convention was not completely devoid of entertaining moments. This was, after all, a convention that denied speaking privileges to famously controversial ideologues but saw fit to invite swimsuit model and hemorrhoid-cream spokeswoman Kim Alexis to address delegates on the importance of God and family.

Political conventions--by definition events in which otherwise sedate adults wear unflattering animal-shaped hats--are always filled with snippets of unintentional comedy; satirists who try to mock the hoopla always run the risk of overdoing it. So it was quite a feat that Comedy Central's nightly...

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