Joke is on Trump as butt of gags

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - - NEWS -

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.

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