With Dulcé Sloan, ‘Daily Show’ Has Assertive New Voice In Political Satire

With Dulcé Sloan, ‘Daily Show’ Has Assertive New Voice In Political Satire

Dulcé Sloan, an Atlanta stand-up, was tapped in September to be the newest correspondent on “The Daily Show” With Trevor Noah. Moving to New York City wasn’t the only adjustment the 34-year-old had to make.

“A lot of my stand-up is things that happened to me, more socially focused. The show is very political. So I had to figure out how to combine those two,” Sloan tells OZY. “Some comics really talk about politics. That’s the meat and potatoes of their set. With me, it’s how things in politics affect me.”

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From Ozy. Story by Tal Pinchevsky.

In 2015, Sloan was fixing a tire on the side of the highway after a gig in Nashville when she got the call announcing she’d won NBC’s stand-up diversity showcase. The following year, she won the Big Sky Comedy Festival. But her big break with The Daily Show changed everything.

“I was never fully immersed in the 24-hour news cycle until I got here,” Sloan says. “It made me pay a lot more attention to local politics. Especially with Alabama.”

“Alabama” is shorthand for the wildly contentious Senate runoff in which Democrat Doug Jones upset Republican Roy Moore, whose campaign was beset by allegations of inappropriate sexual behavior toward underage women. That Dec. 12 runoff took place three months after Sloan’s Daily Show debut. And with African-American women projected to be a crucial voting bloc in the Alabama special election, Sloan took center stage.

“This happened because of us, Black women,” Sloan said as part of a “victory lap” on the show that aired the night after Moore’s defeat. “You’re welcome, white people, you’re welcome. But let’s be honest. We didn’t do it for you, we did it for ourselves. … So if you really want to thank us, how about y’all change the laws to make it easier for us to vote. Or sing our praises by giving us raises. Or at the very least cancel winter. You know only white people like snow.”

And just like that, The Daily Show had an assertive new voice pointing out the patently obvious and accelerating past simplistic analysis. In other words, Sloan fit in seamlessly with the first name in political satire.

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