August 21, 2008 Contact: Donald Rieck
OBAMA’S NO JOKE TO LATE-NITE TV COMICS
Trails McCain, Bush and Hillary in Humor Race
But Obama Rules on Comedy Central
Barack Obama still lags far behind Hillary Clinton and John McCain as the most joked-about presidential candidate in opening monologues by hosts on the late-night TV talk shows, according to a new study by the Center for Media and Public Affairs. However, the study finds that Obama attracted the most jokes on Comedy Central’s “fake news” shows. (The study period does not include recent revelations about Senator John Edwards’ sexual indiscretions.)
Future Democratic nominee Barack Obama has attracted only 169 jokes from late-night TV talk show hosts in 2008, far fewer than his opponent John McCain’s 322 jokes, and less than half as many as the 382 jokes aimed at Hillary Clinton, despite her departure from the presidential race on June 7th. George W. Bush tops the list with 428 jokes.
led the pack on Comedy Central with 207 jokes, compared to 201 for McCain, 179
When jokes from all five shows are combined, the ten most joked-about public figures were:
Ø Jon Stewart told the most jokes about Obama – 122, compared to 100 on Hillary Clinton and 98 on McCain.
Ø David Letterman told only 46 jokes about Obama, compared to 131 about Hillary Clinton.
Ø Stephen Colbert zapped McCain most often – 129 jokes, compared to 91 about Obama and 79 about Sen. Clinton.
Ø Jay Leno told the most “Hillary” jokes (204) and the most Bush jokes (208).
The most frequent McCain jokes dealt with his age and his putatively lackluster campaign; Obama jokes tended to portrayed him as pretentious or the beneficiary of fawning media coverage; the most recent Hillary Clinton jokes concerned her alleged unwillingness to admit defeat.
McCain was asked how he’s going to conserve energy. He said by taking three naps a day. – Leno
The only way McCain could get less coverage is if he got a primetime show on NBC. – Leno
It’s time the media started trumpeting McCain’s exciting story: He’s old and no one likes him. Colbert
The big story is Obama’s world tour. Today he made history by being the first man to travel around the world in a plane propelled by the media’s flash photography. – Colbert
The tour may strike some as
presumptuous. In fact I joked that Obama would be stopping in
Obama rejects public financing – so he’s not only a secret Muslim, he’s a secret hypocrite - Colbert
Obama said he’ll visit
Brett Favre says he has reconsidered his decision to retire and he wants to get back in the game. Today Hillary Clinton said, “You can do that?” – Letterman
It’s not looking good for Hillary. Today even Yogi Berra said, “It’s over.” – Leno
Note: wording of jokes may be altered slightly for brevity