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Study: Trump the butt of record number of late-night TV jokes

Greg Nash

President Trump is setting a new record — as the target of more late-night TV jokes in his first 100 days in office than any recent commander in chief saw in their entire first year. 

The study from George Mason University released this week finds Trump served as the punchline of 1,060 late-night jokes during his first 100 days in the White House. 

That’s more than former President Barack Obama, who was the butt of 936 jokes during his first year in office, and George W. Bush, who was targeted in 546 zingers over a year. Former President Bill Clinton had 440 quips told about him during his first year in office.


The study, first reported by Politico, notes that Trump is “on track to easily eclipse the most jokes about any individual tracked by [George Mason University’s Center for Media and Public Affairs] from 1992 through 2012 — 1,717 by Bill Clinton in 1998, the year dominated by news of the Monica Lewinsky scandal and Clinton’s impeachment.”

Stephen Colbert mocked Trump the most out of all late-night hosts, according to the analysis. The CBS host — who recently came under fire for what critics called a homophobic comment about Trump’s relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin — featured 337 Trump barbs.

“The Daily Show” host Trevor Noah took the runner-up spot, with 315 cracks about Trump on his Comedy Central show. And Jimmy Kimmel — who this week opened ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” with an emotional plea for ObamaCare based on his experience with his newborn son’s heart defects — joked about Trump 177 times.

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