New Venezuela comedy news show now online

Venezuela Now News Report w/ Roberto SilversThe VENEZUELA NOW News Report with Roberto Silvers is now LIVE on YouTube!

THE DAILY SHOW of Venezuela, the VENEZUELA NOW News Report is a new comedy news show on politics and democracy in Venezuela. In the show, Roberto Silvers reports on Venezuelan democracy news and cracks a few jokes along the way.

This first edition includes news on the US Ambassador to-be Larry Palmer, Eva Golinger, Alberto Ravell, Globovisión, Twitter, Day of the Innocent jokes, recent Venezuelan legislation, the new National Assembly, the meeting of Hugo Chávez and Hillary Clinton in Brazil, and a sex tape scandal! Ambassadors are deported, presidents sing and spies are uncovered, and all the while Mr. Silvers remains calm and collected.

If you like the show, please share it on Twitter and Facebook!

How did this show come to be?

Fourteen days ago, I wrote on this blog that I planned to create a new online news show a la The Daily Show on Venezuelan news and politics. Just as The Daily Show has shown in the US, humor is often useful (if not necessary) to break through some of the toughest barriers in a country’s political life. Polarization inside Venezuela and in international public opinion about Venezuela is extreme. It seemed that a satirical look at the situation was missing.

After two weeks of software fiddling, story research and graphics manipulation, I did in fact complete production on and upload the first of what I hope will be many installments of the VENEZUELA NOW News Report with Roberto Silvers. Although it is far from perfect, it is what I would consider a good start at creating a satirical news show on Venezuelan politics, for an international audience.

As for moving forward, collaborators are welcome. You can contact me via Twitter or Facebook. The show is far from perfect and constructive criticism is certainly welcome.

Why in English?

Venezuela Now is in English. This is intentional. The show is meant to break down some of the mental barriers that many moderates and liberals are plagued with outside of Venezuela. Chávez has done a fantastic job of painting the conflict in Venezuela as an ideological one between the left and the right. He thereby has solidified the support of the international left and many in the middle. However, as anyone in Venezuela knows, the debate is about anything other than ideology. That is, if open debate were even allowed.

To have that kind of debate in Venezuela would be a luxury. In Venezuela, there is no real discussion of the comparative value of socialist versus capitalist policies. Only the president is allowed to make policy, so no discussion is necessary. No other voices are heard. The real issue is, quite simply, whether or not differing points of view are to be permitted. It’s one thing to disagree on the issues. It’s another to outlaw the conversation altogether.

The intent of the show, therefore, is to present Venezuelan democracy and its fundamental problems in a way that can be understood and digested by an international audience. By drawing attention to the ridiculousness of some of the goings-on in Venezuelan politics, the reality of the situation just might become clearer to the outside observer.

About Roberto Silvers

Roberto Silvers is a US American living, working and writing about politics, democracy and culture in Caracas, Venezuela. He has a blog and a comedy news show. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook.
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