I am definitely a fan of satire.
You depicted it quite well. That show is representing a good political stand. They show how ridiculous some parties and their contents are. They use quite easy methods and anecdotes. They also want to reach those people who are actually voting for those parties. They even want to convince those who do not see the bad parts behind the election program… And of course they still inform society about important issues as well as the random ones. But they point out the random ones.. and that we should concentrate on more important issues !! And the way how they inform is quite different to the typical one.. I guess that’s why people enjoy watching it. It’s fun, it’s not like normal news watching. I am not criticising the serious way of talking about news, but the Heute Show is different, which is often pretty amusing.