Joke is on Trump as butt of gags
DID you hear the one about President Trump? Or, more precisely, did you hear all 3128 jokes?
A think-tank that has studied the content of late-night comedy for the past 26 years said Donald Trump was the butt of more jokes in 2017 than any other public figure in any single year – by a lot.
He beat the previous record of 1816, set by Trump as a presidential candidate in 2016, a study released yesterday by the Centre for Media and Public Affairs at George Mason University found.
Before that, the record was 1717 by former president Bill Clinton in 1998, the year of the Monica Lewinsky scandal.
“Trump makes Bill Clinton look like a piker when it comes to political humour,” said Robert Lichter, head of the centre.
The study looked at opening monologue jokes on US shows hosted by Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel and Trevor Noah last year. Colbert has vaulted to the top of the late-night ratings with a Trump-centric approach, and his rivals have taken notice.
There were a total of 6337 political jokes in the show’s monologues and Trump was the subject of almost half of them.