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NEW YORK – Beppo Grillo patří mezi nejslavnější italské komiky. Zároveň je jedním z nejvlivnějších politických komentátorů v Itálii. Jeho blog zaznamenává denně 160 000 návštěv, a kdyby kandidoval na premiéra (což kvůli své kriminální minulosti nemůže), podle loňského výzkumu veřejného mínění by více než polovina italských voličů zvažovala, že mu dá hlas.

Grillo je další připomínkou moderního fenoménu: totiž důležité role komiků v současné politice. Ještě před pár lety získávala většina Mexičanů politické informace z televizního pořadu s názvem Ranní rychlovka , který se vysílal od 6 do 10 hodin ráno. Moderátorem, hostitelem a hlavním komentátorem v jedné osobě byl Victor Trujillo, známý spíše jako klaun Brozo – muž se zelenou parukou a červeným gumovým nosem. Právě klaun Brozo odhalil velký korupční skandál v úřadu bývalého starosty Mexico City.

A zatímco usedlí televizní experti kladou při prezidentských debatách ve Spojených státech obvykle nudné otázky, kandidáti vědí, že skutečně důležitou věcí je rozesmát diváky v komediálních pořadech Davida Lettermana nebo Jaye Lena. Američtí liberálové zase několik let hledají kritický politický komentář u Jona Stewarta, dalšího talentovaného komika.

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