Political humor has been a staple of late-night television for decades. The Trump White House, however, has received significantly greater attention than that of past presidents. In response to Trump’s strident politics, late-night comics have sounded key policy notes, further blurring the boundary between news and satire. Weekly humorists extend the critique with in-depth probing of key issues, while Saturday Night Live continues to tap the progression from outrage to outrageousness. Employing a dataset of more than 100,000 late-night jokes going back decades, Farnsworth will discuss how humorists have treated recent presidencies, how the treatment of Trump differs from that of previous presidents, and how the Trump era is likely to shape the future of political humor.
Mary Talks: “Late-Night Humor and the American Presidency”
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