Featured Session: Samantha Bee

Speakers

Samantha Bee

TBS

Samantha Bee has quickly established herself as having one of the most unique and sharp comedic voices on television with her late-night show Full Frontal with Samantha Bee.

Born and raised in Toronto, Canada, Bee began her career performing as a member of the all-female sketch comedy troupe The Atomic Fireballs.

In 2003, Bee joined Comedy Central's The Daily Show's "Best F#@king News Team." Bee departed The Daily Show in 2015 and currently holds the title for being the longest-serving regular Daily Show correspondent of all time (12 years).

In 2016, Bee received global recognition from the success of her very own weekly late-night comedy series, Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, which premiered Monday, February 8, 2016 on TBS. Full Frontal offers a unique satirical take on weekly news and explores other important stories in-depth that have been largely overlooked by more traditional media outlets. Full Frontal received rave reviews, and the show was picked up by TBS for a full season within weeks of its premiere, and the show is currently in its fifth season. In a landscape of mainly male late-night talk show hosts, critics have appreciated Bee's "fiery and fierce" delivery (The New York Times) and have embraced Full Frontal as a "daring, innovative addition to the late-night slate" (Entertainment Weekly).

The show’s glowing reception earned Bee and Full Frontal three Primetime Emmy nominations in 2017, including “Outstanding Variety Talk Series” and “Outstanding Writing For A Variety Series,” for which the show also received a nomination in 2016. In 2018, Full Frontal was again nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award in the category of “Outstanding Variety Talk Series,” as well as “Outstanding Interactive Program,” “Outstanding Writing,” and “Outstanding Directing” for a Variety Series.

In 2018, Bee announced her new production company, Swimsuit Competition, co-founded with “Full Frontal” producer Kristen Everman. Swimsuit Competition aims to create inclusive, narrative and documentary television and will develop content for TBS.



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