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President Trump has been a gold mine for late-night comedians because of how he acts in the White House and what he posts on Twitter.

This helped rejuvenate “Saturday Night Live” and Stephen Colbert’s “The Late Show” as both shows have had a 30 percent ratings spike, according to Nielsen ratings in 2017. 

Comedians are starting to recycle the same jokes because Trump is on everybody’s mind, wondering what he might do next. However it has made the late-night format old, repetitive and bad for comedy.

This boom for political comedy has made comedians less motivated to innovate and seize upon the opportunity. 

It has just been the same shallow, orange president impersonation people expect, yet somehow it works weekly. 

The issue late-night is facing now is there is something new to joke about Trump’s presidency every day. 

Writers probably don’t have to search the web looking for jokes, but instead wait 30 minutes before air to recap his wildly inaccurate Twitter feed. 

I think most late-night shows would have been fine with this scenario had Hillary Clinton won the election.

During Colbert’s 2016 Election special, he discarded most of his monologue after the night didn’t go according to plan. 

Colbert later confessed to viewers he drank too much of the political poison. 

“How did our politics get so poisonous?” Colbert asked on his show. “I think it’s because we overdosed, especially this year. We drank too much of

the poison.”

The only problem with Colbert’s statement, looking back on it now, The late-night cocktail is now filled with pornstars and FBI investigations on a daily basis. 

The tables have turned and the hosts like Colbert, Seth Meyers and John Oliver are stuck with this charade of exhausting political coverage from non-news events. 

Even if Jon Stewart was still on the “Daily Show” today, I think he would still have the same issue other late-night hosts are having. 

President Trump’s incapacity to see humor in his flaws creates a cycle of

redundant ridicule. 

This is one of the main reasons why Stewart left the show in 2015.

“I’m going to with a scalpel go at the the crux of your identity as a politician and expose it for everybody to see and then I’m going to have to make a joke about it and walk away and you’re going to laugh and it’s going to humanize,”  Stewart said in an interview with CBS News. 

At the 2018 White House Correspondents Dinner, Daily Show correspondent Michelle Wolf roasted the media for profiting off of Trump.

“I think what no one in this room wants to admit is that Trump has helped all of you,” Wolf said during the dinner.

“He’s helped you sell your papers and your books and your TV. You helped create this monster, and now you’re profiting off of him.”

By making Trump the foucs, late-night is struggling under the weight of uneccessary importance. Comedy has a long history of discussing politics, but I think it’s gone too far. 


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