A new report from the Center for Media and Public Affairs at George Mason University finds that it’s not just the news media that’s obsessed with Donald Trump. A study of jokes told by late night comedians finds that GOP frontrunner was the target of more punchlines (308) than the rest of the GOP field combined (282). And Republicans were targeted by more than twice as many jokes as Democrats — 590 to 230.
Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon chose to weave the 2016 election and the promotion of upcoming guest Daisy Ridley from Star Wars: The Force Awakens into his opening monologue late Thursday by joking that Ridley’s character had been hired by the Jeb Bush campaign in “an interesting coincidence” since “she plays a character who tries to salvage massive wreckages.”
In the two months since former Comedy Central host replaced David Letterman on CBS's The Late Show in early September, Stephen Colbert has been losing ground to Jimmy Kimmel on ABC and NBC's Jimmy Fallon, a drop that has sent him to third place in late-night viewers, according to The Great Late-Night Poll conducted by measurement firm Penn Schoen Berland for The Hollywood Reporter.
According to lead pollster Jon Penn, Colbert has brought his emphasis on left-wing politics to a much larger audience, a strategy that both Kimmel and Fallon usually struggle to avoid. However, “viewers want to be entertained and informed, which would expand the influx of political guests.”
After uttering a slew of jokes about Tuesday’s Republican presidential debate, Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon made sure to play the role of equal opportunity offender during Wednesday’s monologue by teaming with comedian Billy Crystal to mock Democratic candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders for being “so old” (in borrowing a bit often employed in the Jay Leno days).
Promoting his new car show set to premiere Wednesday night on CNBC, Jay Leno made his return to NBC’s The Tonight Show on Tuesday night to give a portion of the opening monologue. He poked fun at Hillary Clinton, Martin O’Malley, Republicans, ObamaCare, and the economy to name a few targets.
This week, after a summer of Hillary Clinton scandals, NBC’s Savannah Guthrie grills Chelsea: “What’s she like as a grandmother?...Paint us a picture of Hillary Clinton at home, talking baby talk.” Meanwhile, the media continue to fawn over the “remarkable” candidacy of Socialist Bernie Sanders, even as longtime Newsweek reporter Eleanor Clift castigates Carly Fiorina for the latter’s condemnations of Planned Parenthood: “To imply that they are selling and harvesting baby parts — I think it’s really offensive.”
NBC’s Jimmy Fallon began his Wednesday night sit-down with Hillary Clinton by contrasting her supposed vast experience with the leading Republicans who, he declared, “have no experience.” Fallon told her “the two leaders over there on the Republican Party, one is a real estate mogul. The other guy is a neurosurgeon.” He then touted her: “You were a Senator, you were First Lady, Secretary of State. Is it possible that you have too much experience to become the President of the United States?”
Wednesday's New Day boosted Jimmy Fallon's anti-Dick Cheney crack from hours earlier on NBC's Tonight Show. Fallon spotlighted how Bernie Sanders was "concerned about what he called 'war talk' coming from the Republicans," and added, "Yeah, 'war talk' – or, as Dick Cheney calls it, 'phone sex.'" The CNN morning newscast included the line in a video round-up of late night shows' jabs at Republicans. Anchor Alisyn Camerota laughed at the compilation, and when asked which was her favorite, she replied, "I like the 'phone sex' one."
Donald Trump and his "reflection" appeared on the Tonight Show last night and it was huge. I mean...YUUUUUUGE! A comedy gold skit in which Jimmy Fallon imitating Donald Trump interviewed his "reflection," the real Donald Trump, in a dressing room mirror. The skit was notable not only for the laugh lines but for the fact that Trump was able to laugh at himself.
As we shall see, this hilarious skit got a lot of positive reviews but first let us watch as even Jimmy Fallon had trouble keeping a straight face:
Bringing some humor to the Hillary Clinton e-mail scandal and 2016 election, NBC’s Jimmy Fallon joked during his on monologue on Thursday’s Tonight Show about Anthony Weiner and another gaffe by Vice President Joe Biden that had him once again including China as part of North America.
Appearing on Tuesday’s Tonight Show, comedian Billy Crystal showed a copy of Dick Cheney’s high school yearbook photo and joked: “...he was voted most likely to accidentally invent ISIS.”
After providing minimal coverage of former Texas Republican Governor Rick Perry’s 2016 announcement on Thursday night, ABC and NBC moved on from the story all together with zero mentions of Perry or the 2016 campaign on their Friday morning newscasts. Their late night comedy shows, however, spent plenty of time mocking Perry over his intelligence and eating of a corn dog back in 2011.