The Numbers Are In, and the Top Target of Late-Night Jokes Is … (You Can Probably Guess); But … Who’s No. 2?

Dec 15, 2015  •  Post A Comment

A new study tallies the top targets of late-night jokes, and by a huge margin, the leader is Donald Trump. That won’t exactly come as a surprise, but the numbers are still interesting.

Variety reports that the study from the Center for Media and Public Affairs at George Mason University, which tracks late-night humor, counted the number of jokes in opening monologues from Sept. 1 to Oct. 31 on CBS’s “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert,” NBC’s “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” and Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show With Trevor Noah.”

“Trump was the target of 308 jokes; that’s compared to 282 jokes for the rest of the GOP field combined,” Variety reports. “In second place was Hillary Clinton with 107 jokes, nearly twice as many as her opponent Bernie Sanders, with 58.”

Fallon told the most jokes about the candidates, 264, just ahead of Colbert’s 249.

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