Polipop brings political satire to YouTube

"Politics go pop" on this new YouTube channel by Maker Studios, with Bad Lip Reading and Emergency Cheese with James Kotecki. 


Fernando Alfonso III


Published Mar 1, 2012   Updated Jun 2, 2021, 8:41 pm CDT

This election season has seen its fair share of gaffs, memes, and parodies.

But if that hasn’t been enough to keep you laughing, a new YouTube channel might be able to help.

Polipop is a new politics and entertainment network developed by Maker Studios. Starting this month, the channel will feature a lineup of political humor video shows, including Emergency Cheese with James Kotecki, Bad Lip Reading, and another starring Alphacat, a popular Barack Obama impersonator.

Polipop has also recruited Kristen McClurken to produce 24 episodes of Gossip History with Perez Hamilton, based off of her historical gossip news blog by the same name.

“The series will feature Perez talking dirt about presidents, historical figures, and events throughout the centuries,”  McClurken told the Daily Dot. “Each episode will be set in a different time period so we can hear his take on the events as they unfold.”

McClurken will be working with the likes of actor Will Keenan (Politics of Love), former Saturday Night Live producer Samantha Scharff, and Donovan Leitch, the producer of The Last Party, the political documentary series starring Robert Downey, Jr. and Philip Seymour Hoffman.

So far Polipop has produced a handful of videos including “Glease,” featuring Alphacat and  Amber Lee Ettinger, best known as “Obama Girl.” In less than three weeks, the video has collected more than 82,000 views.

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*First Published: Mar 1, 2012, 11:57 am CST