Wish they did not end with the elections.
Election comedy shows have livened up TN polls on TV.
- News 7 TV – ஊருக்குள்ள பேசிக்கராங்க
This program was seriously produced. Sadly, it aired the last episode before election day.
- Jaya TV – நல்லா சொல்லராருங்க டீட்டெய்லு
Singamuthu’s impressions of Vijayakanth and Karunanidhi are the best on TV. His trenchant criticism of other politicians and parties were not to be missed. The program stopped airing after Singamuthu joined the campaign on the ground.
- Makkal TV – மு க கா க
This oddly named program was also oddly scheduled, late into the night. Most of the intended audience would have missed it. The Sun TV-style jyothidam prescriptions for politicians and parties were great, as were the Pulikesi sketche(s?).
PMK’s election comedy uses a Sun TV (pagutharivu medhavigal)-style Jyothidan.
- Thanthi TV – இது எப்படி இருக்கு
This show featured clips from election events that are not usually seen in the usual news broadcasts – such as the sad spectacle of poor people doing dabangkuthu, empty chairs in the audience, and people holding chairs above their heads during rain (one guy starts it and then everyone imitates). Excellent musical accompaniment was quite thoughtfully provided.
- Sun News – தேர்தல் மேடை
This program at least tried to maintain some vague objectivity. They threw some soft balls at DMK candidates and star campaigners, which was on expected lines. But, they also feature speeches by DMK opponents taking down other DMK opponents. For some reason, Sun News stopped making the program much before the rest of the channels.