Jokes About 2020 Race Are a Wee Bit One-Sided

Of 469 late-night jokes, 455 were about Trump
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 20, 2020 9:50 AM CDT
469 Late-Night Jokes. Guess How Many Were About Trump
President Trump dances after speaking at a campaign rally at Prescott Regional Airport on Monday in Prescott, Ariz.   (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

What on earth will late-night hosts do if Joe Biden wins in two weeks? An AP story illustrates the problem. A study out of George Mason University counted jokes told about the 2020 race in September by Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Fallon. Out of 469, 455 were about Trump, leaving a mere 14 for Biden. Colbert and Fallon told an additional 64 jokes about members of Trump's family and administration. "When Trump's onstage, everyone else is blacked out," George Mason communications professor Robert Lichter tells the AP. Exhibit A: Colbert is out with a video poking fun at the president's dance moves at rallies. (More Stephen Colbert stories.)

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