If asked to do comedy full time after 15 years of "straight" journalism, most media types would be daunted. But not Keli Dailey.
When the UT graduate – a former San Diego Union-Tribune food writer and L.A. Times and Frontline contributor – entered Stanford as a John S. Knight Journalism Fellow, she wondered why there were no woman-led shows like The Daily Show. So she shopped for funding, got it, and launched News Hangover, producing and starring in satirical videos for six months.
The process gave her unique insight on the format's advantages. Now she's passing on that insight as a college professor and a presenter at SXSW.
"People like comedy news [because] they just really want you to come out and [tell them]: Should I like it? Should I hate it? People want you to be explicit in how you feel about things," she says.
As a journalist trained to remain objective, Dailey recalls, at first making the transition was "psychological."...