It was so instant because I was like, "The show has to go. It was such a weird moment for me because I have a real Catholic girls' school gold star mentality. I just swallowed it. I'm going to do it straight through, no interruptions. It was bad. I'm like, "I'm going to do it. I have to stop down because the speed will be incorrect or a fly, yesterday, literally a bug flew into my mouth. It's going to be perfect." So, a bug flew into my mouth and in the moment I just ate it. It's go time," so I just swallowed the bug. In the woods, it's trickier.
The monologues are so rapid-fire, what are the actual logistics of shooting those in the woods?
Nature is disgusting. We shot an episode yesterday and he just totally flared up again.
Is your husband, Jason, still the director and camera operator?
I just go for it. As you speed up, they speed up. Normally, a super-talented person runs the prompter, and you're really in sync with them and they're speeding up the words as you go. I try to just do it all just straight to the camera with no interruptions, 10 or 11 minutes. But running it yourself as a totally different vibe. When I do the show in the studio with a studio audience, I try not to stop.
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Everybody's still working remotely, but also handling massive anxieties about the world right now and coronavirus. People are very confined. We're less confined, but we have poison ivy. And it's a lot.
Do you think you'll return to the studio only when you can have an audience there?
I know one of your initiatives is to try to help save the post office. And you're launching a campaign called #MailedIt. Tell us about that.
There are some processes that work better than others done remotely; I think that writing is one of those processes. Everybody's kind of muted, and it's very awkward and jokes don't land in the same way. It is very isolating. It's not the same kind of rollicking environment that we would all hope for, but this is what we have. There's really no nuance to a big Zoom meeting or a big Google hangout. Everybody's familiar with kind of going away and working on their own a little bit — more than other departments at the show. A lot is lost. It's much more fun to be in a room together doing a rewrite altogether, physically in person.
But I don't see an audience in the foreseeable future. So I think there's a world in which we go back into the studio, but not for a while, probably not for a great while.
So everybody should tweet it a billion times. We can save the whole post office in two hours, no problem. July 1 is United Postal Workers Day, so we're celebrating that day by doing this #MailedIt campaign. So if you tweet and use the hashtag #MailedIt, TBS will buy a stamp from the USPS, which I think is great.
Since late March, Samantha Bee has been filming TBS’ “Full Frontal With Samantha Bee” — her topical comedy show — from the woods outside of her house in upstate New York. Soon, Bee and her husband, Jason Jones, began experimenting with his iPhone to see whether it would be possible to film the show from there — and it was. “Full Frontal” has been on since March 25, featuring Bee’s authoritative monologues, interviews and even remotely produced field pieces. Her last taping of the show in its Manhattan studio was on March 11, the week that productions shut down because of the coronavirus pandemic. Bee and her family left town the next day.
Postal Service and accidentally swallowing a bug. Recently, Bee appeared on the Variety Streaming Room to talk about how she and her team are creating the show each week, finding humor in today’s relentless and tragic news cycle, the upcoming election, her quest to save the U.S.
How does the virtual writing process work?
That is still the case. We're still shooting the whole show on an iPhone. We have a little bit more equipment now, but not a lot.
Looking ahead, what do you think your strategy and approach will be to the election?
I've been to every convention since 2004. I've covered a whole lot of election cycles, a lot. This is so bizarre to me that we barely have space to talk about an election. Well, we're trying to figure out how to cover it. We're not sure what the conventions will look like. There's so much happening that is so — we should be talking about voter suppression every single day, every minute of the day, because so much is happening in that realm, but there's too much other stuff going on. How do we cover that? So we're still trying to figure out what our approach is. Obviously I think the DNC is a virtual convention, but what does that mean?
I mean, it's so essential and they're in so much trouble. The United States Postal Service does incredible work getting mail to every single person in this country regardless of where you live. We did a whole segment about just how vital the USPS is to this country. And the president is really undermining them, really doesn't care if they live or die, is cutting them off at their knees. The administration is just doing them a great disservice.
I'm glad that we are. But for the first time really ever in the history of the show, I thought, "Maybe we shouldn't." Anyway, we did.
For sure, and I try not to because I don't really want to center the conversation or center the material around my emotional response to it. But there definitely are times where I will have to start again just to get it right, to do justice to the material.
Listen, I love our audience, I really do. No. I'd really much rather have our audience feel safe and me feel safe and our crew keep everybody healthy and not have an audience. I think it's better to just err on the side of caution for as long as possible. I'm not so concerned about that.
Oh boy! There's a what?
And I don’t want to say hostile, but it's more hostile than it has been in the past. And it's actually very wild back there now. So there's no plugs, you can't plug anything in. And we're shooting in the forest, but I would say it's an eighth of a mile from the house. There's a lot of poison ivy and he has it all through his body, now. He has systemic poison ivy from being back there too much.
Do you ever find yourself getting emotional when you're performing? The news over the past few months and over the past few years has just been so difficult and so relentless.
I've fashioned my daughter's iPad and I make sure that she charges it fully on the Monday night so that I can have it all day on Tuesday. It sort of makes sense and you really can't tell how low-rent it is when it's on TV, but in real life it's just us. I'm loading it into the prompter while Jason sets up. I have a teleprompter, which is really just my kid’s iPad, because there's no world in which I'm going to memorize everything. Just formatting it in a way that I can see it properly. I'm just in the kitchen loading the prompter, getting the timing exactly right, making changes for myself.
It’s like, "How do we even approach this? And the RNC is — we're not sending people to it. How do we think of this?" We don't really have any answers, I just know that we're not going to them because we would not do that.
I've never really thought that it wasn't possible to make a show in a moment. And I think I'm getting a little emotional in the backyard because there's nothing more stark than doing the show in the backyard because the whole world is shut down and people are dying. Should we be doing a show right now?" Ultimately, it's all that we know how to do, and this is how we express our own frustrations or our own feelings in this moment. I try to talk to the studio audience. But this time I did take a pause and think, "Is now a time for this show? Sometimes I get emotional because I'm sharing something with them or we're sharing an experience. I've never really wrestled so much philosophically with the idea of is now the time to do a comedy show. I feel like we're really in it together. So I overrode that. They're really a part of a process for me and having a communal experience with them, that we're sharing something is very important to me. I don't see the studio audience as other for myself.
I don't think you could see it in the show, but we were just swatting away clouds of dragonflies to get back there. Right now it's really all about the poison ivy, which is bad. Spring has kind of unfurled as we've been shooting the show, which has brought various — like, we've had gnats swarms, and there was one day where we were shooting and all of the dragonflies hatched on the same day. Jason gets it really badly. When we started in March, it was just cold.
So there was no poison ivy when you first started, and now there's rampant poison ivy.

The genre-bending series follows a group of high schoolers, all part of their own respective cliques, as they battle to survive a nuclear blast on the night of homecoming. Daybreak (6:45 p.m., Javits Convention Center – Mainstage) Netflix will premiere their brand new post-acocolyptic series "Daybreak" during a panel that includes cast members Matthew Broderick, Colin Ford, Sophie Simnett, Austin Crute, Alyvia Alyn Lind, Jeanté Godlock, Cody Kearsley and Gregory Kasyan.
In addition to talking about their new season, and forthcoming 200th episode, the group will also show behind-the-scenes clips and introduce the audience to their new game show "The Misery Index." Impractical Jokers (6:15 p.m., Javits Center – Main Stage) "Impractical Jokers" stars Brian "Q" Quinn, James "Murr" Murray, Joe Gatto and Sal Vulcano will take the stage with Jameela Jamil to talk about their journey from being high school best friends to stars in their own hidden-camera prank show on TBS.
Lost in Space (2:00 p.m., Javits Convention Center – Mainstage) The rebooted sci-fi series for Netflix will offer an early look at the forthcoming second season through a panel with cast members still to be announced.
Saturday, Oct. 5 
Raunchy animated comedy "Big Mouth" from Netflix will kick off the long weekend with a teaser of its forthcoming third season, followed by a panel with series co-creator and voice actor Nick Kroll, among other cast members. New York Comic-Con (NYCC), running from Oct. The week-long event will also feature the premiere of the fifth season of  Starz's "Outlander," exclusive sneak-peeks of the upcoming season of TBS' "Snowpiercer" and a special panel from "Full Frontal" star Samantha Bee as she teases her forthcoming film "Election: 2020." 3-7 out of New York's Javits Convention Center, will have TV fans covered with a wide array of sneak-peeks, screenings and exciting cast panels for today's most popular shows.
Thursday, Oct. 3
2. All Elite Wrestling (4:15 p.m., Javits Convention Center – Room 1A10) TNT's "All Elite Wrestling" stars Chris Jericho, Jon Moxley, Brandi Rhodes and more will talk about what to expect from WarnerMedia's new professional wrestling league, whose matches will begin airing live on Oct. The league, which includes a diverse roster of wrestlers, will compete in different cities across the country each week, promising to bring a new spirit and freshness to the sport.
Full Frontal with Samantha Bee (4:30 p.m., Javits Convention Center – Room 1A10) The late-night comedian will return to NYCC for the first time in four years to tease her forthcoming special, "Election: 2020," set to premiere next year.
5 Saturday, Oct.
Tacoma FD (3:00 p.m., Javits Convention Center – Room 1A21) Series creators and actors Kevin Heffernan and Steve Lemme, along with their co-stars Eugene Cordero, Marcus Henderson, Gabriel Hogan and Hassie Harrison will reveal behind-the-scenes stories and what to expect from their TruTV comedy's second season.
Big Mouth (5:30 p.m., Javits Convention Center – Mainstage) Kroll, along with additional cast and executive producers still to be announced, will offer a sneak peek into the animated comedy's forthcoming third season through clips from the show, as well as commentary during a moderated Q&A.
The latest installment of the time travel series finds the Fraser family fighting for their family and the home they've built for themselves on Fraser's Ridge. Outlander (5:30 p.m., The Hulu Theatre at Madison Square Garden) Cast members Caitriona Balfe, Sam Heughan, Duncan LaCroix, Maria Doyle Kennedy and David Berry, along with novelist Diana Gabaldon, will discuss the upcoming season of the Starz series.
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Friday, Oct. 4
Snowpiercer (12:00 p.m., Hammerstein Ballroom) The stacked panel, featuring "Snowpiercer" stars Jennifer Connelly, Daveed Diggs, Alison Wright, Mickey Sumner, Lena Hall, Steven Ogg and showrunner Graeme Manson, will offer exclusive footage from the debut season of the sci-fi thriller, which is set to premiere this spring.

Here are some of the videos Bee has shot for this year's Emmy FYC campaign, under the banner, "Is America Ready To Give A Female Host an Emmy?":” />
The "Full Frontal with Samantha Bee" host's Emmy For Your Consideration campaign is leaning into the challenges Bee faces as the only woman in late night talk, while also satirizing coverage of the presidential campaigns of female candidates like Elizabeth Warren.
I'm excited about it. Like, I'm filled with a creeping, existential horror. "This is our red meat for sure. "This is always a very key time for political satire," she said. I mean, I'm filled with dread, but I'm also excited about it. But I'm also excited to get going."
In a series of FYC videos, which Variety has obtained exclusively, Bee takes a tongue-in-cheek approach to figuring out how to make Emmy voters comfortable with voting for her. (Scroll to the bottom of this story for some examples.)
"This show is my coping mechanism, and I think that's true with everyone I work with as well," Bee said. "If we didn't do this show on TV, we'd probably have to do this show in a barn for ourselves."
At least one name is on the way: Lilly Singh has been tapped to take over NBC's 1:35 a.m. But for now, Bee is it. The host noted how challenging it is to launch a new show in this saturated marketplace — but didn't think those shows' networks exhibited enough patience. slot, replacing "Last Call with Carson Daly," this fall.
"The majority of our job these days is just handling the quantity of material," Bee said, "and taking that material and trying to squeeze humor out of it in some way. It's a challenge."
It's not great." "I don't feel good being the last woman standing in this space currently," Bee said. "It doesn't fill my heart with gladness that Busy was canceled, Michelle Wolf's show is gone, Sarah Silverman's show is gone.
But Bee said she also remains motivated by hearing from audiences that thank her and "Full Frontal" for providing them with a bit of a "coping mechanism" during these tumultuous times.
they just needed more time. It truly does… And let it grow and let it find its people. "I do think the networks probably didn't give them enough chance to find their sea legs," she said. When you cut it off prematurely, it's really unfortunate." There are a lot of options out there and you just need to be patient with it. In the late night space, it takes awhile to properly grow your audience. It takes a while to grow an audience. "They were good shows, they were moving forward, they were growing.
Meanwhile, Bee and her "Full Frontal" team are now preparing for what will likely be a tumultuous presidential campaign season. She admits it takes "a fair amount of psychological preparation" for what they're about to cover.
"Full Frontal" isn't the only series on Bee's plate. And as WarnerMedia plots its new streaming service, Bee expects more opportunity there to expand the "Full Frontal" universe. "The Detour," the TBS sitcom she created with husband Jason Jones (who also stars), returns Tuesday night for its fourth season.
"I think once they launch their streaming service, most certainly the intention is to create more opportunity," she said. "I think that will bear out. But it's not affecting the day-to-day operations of my show [right now]."
Is America really ready for a female host? "I thought we should lean into that for this Emmy campaign. "In our world, we constantly see stories about women who are running for office, and the story is always, across so many journalistic endeavors, 'Is America ready for a woman president?' 'Is America ready for a woman' this or 'Is America ready for a woman' that, which is really a tale as old as time," Bee said. Of course, I hope so?" I don't know, let's find out!
"Full Frontal" is already prepping to take the show to the slate of debates, followed by next summer's conventions. Given what's going on with this Trump White House administration, there has been no shortage of material for Bee and company to tackle.
Samantha Bee is now the only female host in late night, and that's a stat she's not happy about. "It's been a bad year to be a woman in this space. It's not really a badge that I want to wear." "It's a bit unsettling," Bee recently told Variety.
Shows that have been canceled over the past year include E!'s "Busy Tonight," hosted by Busy Philipps; Hulu's Sarah Silverman series "I Love You, America"; Michelle Wolf's Netflix show "The Break"; and BET's "The Rundown" with Robin Thede. Before that, Chelsea Handler's Netflix talk show was also axed after two years.

This year, UTA planned the party the night before the event, and Samantha Bee held another “Not the White House Correspondents’ Dinner” at DAR Constitution Hall. Even without the president, the dinner has continued to be a hot ticket in Washington.
“The White House Correspondents’ Association has asked me to make the case for the First Amendment and I am happy to oblige,” Chernow said in a statement. “Freedom of the press is always a timely subject and this seems like the perfect moment to go back to basics."
C-SPAN will livestream the event on its website.
Olivier Knox, the president of the White House Correspondents Association and SiriusXM’s chief Washington correspondent, said that the time was right for a “reset,” and other members likely agree, given that many thought that last year’s comedian, Michelle Wolf, was a bit too biting in her barbs, particularly since members of the Trump administration were in the room.” />
Chernow wrote the biography of Alexander Hamilton that inspired Lin-Manuel Miranda to write the hit Broadway musical. Chernow's hosting marks the first time in decades the event has not been hosted by a comedian. American presidents and statesmen biographer, Ron Chernow, will be the featured speaker this year.
President Donald Trump will not be attending the dinner for the third year in a row. The WHCA will host its annual dinner Saturday at 9:30 p.m. ET.
Instead of attending the dinner, Trump will host a rally Saturday night.

“Let us hope that this part of my fictional future does come true,” Atwood said.
“Tarana has made it her mission to be the voice of women who are deemed unworthy,” Davis said, citing Burke’s work with her Brooklyn-based non-profit org Girls for Gender Equity. Davis, a former Power of Women honoree herself, compared Burke to a real-life superhero. “If that’s not a golden lasso and a cape, I don’t know what is,” Davis said.
And still, “25 million children in the U.S. do not read with proficiency,” she said. Fey became involved with the venerable literacy org when she became aware of the problems with reading comprehension that so many youths face. “We live in the richest country in the world,” Fey said.
“Stories are the best way to get children to see the world beyond them,” she said. Fey cited her childhood love for books ranging from “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn” to “Black Beauty” to the tales of Babar the Elephant. “To this day I believe elephants can drive cars.” 
Atwood noted that “Handmaid’s Tale,” for all its dystopian view of a future world where women are stripped of rights, ends on a hopeful note in which women-led resistance efforts triumph.
“Now is not the time to take anything for granted.” Atwood’s 1985 novel “The Handmaid’s Tale” was adapted as a drama series for Hulu just in time for issues of gender equality to become a roaring subject of conversation around the world. “Right now it’s the best of times and the worst of times for women,” Atwood said.
Variety’s Power of Women series recognizes industry notables who make significant commitments to charitable causes.
Ronan Farrow, the investigative reporter who also broke ground on reporting on shocking Weinstein allegations, confessed he was thrilled as a “literary nerd” to be tapped to present Atwood’s kudo. Atwood was hailed for her legacy as a feminist writer, and a prescient one at that.
Surveying the room, Bee quipped: “I can’t help but feel inspired and totally safe knowing that this is Mike Pence’s personal hell.” She took a few off-color shots at President Donald Trump, but the line that landed the biggest laugh was aimed at Vice President Mike Pence, who famously said during the 2016 presidential campaign that he will never have dinner alone with a woman other than his wife. Bee, host of TBS’ “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee,” had no shortage of material for her opening remarks.
Blunt, who attended with her actor-director husband John Krasinski, was feted for her support of the Malala Foundation spearheaded by Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani activist for education for women and girls. Blunt’s fellow actor and Brit Emily Mortimer was on hand to present the award.
She recounted the harrowing story of the murder of her sister, Renate, at the hands of her abusive boyfriend. Hall was recognized with the Community Commerce Impact Award, presented by SheaMoisture, for launching the Tamron Renate Fund that aims to help victims of domestic violence and their families. Hall said her goal is to ensure greater awareness for families of the causes and ramifications of domestic violence.
After an introduction from “Good Morning America” anchor Robin Roberts, Keys stirred emotions by sounding the alarm on social justice and police brutality concerns for people of color.
Lakshmi was this year’s recipient of the Karma Award from Karma Automotive for her role in launching the Endometriosis Foundation of America. The organization advocates for medical research and offers support for women facing the debilitating disease connected to menstruation.
Sen. That story “lit a match on a fire that is still burning,” she said. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) said a turning point came in October when the New York Times published its expose of sexual assault allegations against movie mogul Harvey Weinstein going back decades. “When women decide to own their ambitions, it changes the world.” Burke and others urged women in the audience to strongly consider running for office.
The roomful of prominent women in entertainment and media were called on to use their voices, their power, their pocketbooks, and their passions to drive the social change they want to see in the world. Honorees and speakers at Variety’s fifth annual Power of Women New York luncheon hailed the array of activists who have spurred a seismic shift in attitudes about the scourge of sexual misconduct in the workplace.
Keys’ charity, Keep a Child Alive, aims to help women and children living with AIDS. The statistics remain shocking. The deadly disease disproportionately affects women of color.
And in return the world lights up for them,” she said. In her daughters, she saw first-hand the importance of education in a developing brain. They crave it. “They yearn to learn. Blunt’s connection to Yousafzai’s cause is rooted in her experience as the mother of two young girls.
Her experience underscores the gap in spending on medical research for conditions that affect women. Lakshmi said she was told for years by doctors she would have to “deal with it” because there was no remedy, but in fact she wasn’t properly diagnosed until she was 37. And it would be covered by insurance.” “I was being penalized because I have a uterus,” she said. “If I was a man who couldn’t get it up there would be many treatments.
The gathering at Cipriani Wall Street, hosted by Samantha Bee and presented by Lifetime, included kudos presented to “Top Chef” host Padma Lakshmi and former “Today” anchor Tamron Hall for their charitable endeavors. Burke joined actor Emily Blunt, author Margaret Atwood, musician Alicia Keys and multi-hyphenate Tina Fey as this year’s Power of Women New York honorees.
Even in these gloomy political times, I feel like anything is possible.” Anything is possible. “I never believed we’d be having a sustained national dialogue about sexual violence in this country but here we are. “Movements are made from moments,” said Tarana Burke, founder of the #MeToo social media campaign last fall that was the spark for so many women to share their stories of grappling with sexual assault.
Her goal with Keep a Child Alive is to “channel that anger into action.” “That shakes me. It makes me angry,” Keys said.
It’s a movement. It’s not a moment.
Fey also cited eye-popping statistics as she was feted on behalf of her work with Reading is Fundamental. She got an exuberant intro from Erika Henningsen and Taylor Louderman, two stars of her latest endeavor, the Broadway musical “Mean Girls.” Louderman described Fey as “our boss and our personal hero.”
Philando Castile. I will never stop saying their names,” Keys said, invoking the names of African-American men killed in encounters with police. “Stephon Clark. Alton Sterling. I say his name.
Burke’s appearance electrified the room, with a little help from a powerful introduction by Viola Davis, who offered chilling statistics about the rate of sexual violence against women of color.
Burke emphasized that the true power of the #MeToo experience comes from harnessing the energy it has unleashed to foster lasting changes in laws and cultural norms. “Movements are long. Let’s not squander this moment by allowing others to define it for us.” “It’s a mistake to think of this as a moment,” she said.
With her own sister, Hall admitted, her attitude at the time was: “Why can’t you leave? What is wrong with you?” she said. When the boyfriend beat her sister at Hall’s home, she said, “I kicked him out. She let him back in and then I kicked them both out.”” />