Saturday, 19 Jan 2019

Hear the one on Trump? You have probably heard a lot

NEW YORK – Have you heard of President Trump? Or more specifically, did you hear the 3,128 jokes?

A think tank that has been studying the content of the late-night comedy over the past 26 years has said that Donald Trump was the target of more jokes in 2017 than any other public figure had in a single year. By many

He broke the previous record of 1,816 set by Trump as a presidential candidate in 2016, said the Center for Media and Public Affairs at George Mason University in a study released Friday. Previously, the record was 1717 by former President Bill Clinton in 1998, year of Monica Lewinsky.

"Trump gives Bill Clinton a heck of a hint of political humor," said Robert Lichter, head of the center. The study examined opening monologue jokes during shows hosted by Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel and Trevor Noah last year.

A total of 6,337 political jokes were addressed in the series monologues last year, and Trump was almost half.

Presidential humor has always been a critical part of late-night comedy, but presenters often made a few jokes about the president and quickly moved on to other news items, Bill Carter said. , author of "The Late Shift" on TV comedy series. . This is no longer the case, he says.

"Rarely, is there not another news that provides enough fodder to writers," Carter said. "Writers seem to be consumed, just like the nation, the media. There is an infinite and bottomless reserve.

Colbert climbed to the top of the late-night standings with a Trump-centric approach, and his rivals took note of it.

The Trump presidency has left many people in the country in a state of great anxiety, and the comedy provides an outlet, Carter said.

Carter thought that viewers would get tired of all Trump's jokes, but he is not so sure now.

"If Colbert came out and did not do a monologue about Trump, you say," What happened? ", Did he declare.

The incessant flow of information from the president is draining journalists and providing material for comic writers, he said. This has drawbacks, however, as late-night writers often complain about having to joke and write new ones late in the afternoon, he said.

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