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New Netflix Program Comes With a Button to Skip Trump Jokes

Nov 4, 2019  •  Post A Comment

A new show premiering this week on Netflix will come with a special feature enabling viewers to opt out of a segment lampooning Donald Trump.

The show is NBC late-night host Seth Meyers’ new comedy special “Lobby Baby,” which debuts Tuesday. CNN reports that Meyers “thinks some comedy fans may be burned out by DC politics, so he asked Netflix to help him do something about it.”

What they came up with is a button along the lines of the “skip intro” button that appears at the beginning of many programs. But this button will enable viewers to skip a section of the comedy performance in which Meyers shifts from jokes about his personal life to barbs aimed at Trump.

“It dawned on me that because it was on Netflix, there would be this opportunity to put in technology that would allow people to skip it,” Meyers reportedly told CNN. “It was a way to build in the response to anyone who would say, ‘Oh, let me guess, there’s going to be jokes about the president.'”

The report quotes Robbie Praw, Netflix’s director of original stand-up comedy programming, saying in an email that Meyers came to the company with “this clever idea” and “we’re thrilled he was able to take advantage of the Netflix experience in such a funny and innovative way.”

CNN adds: “Meyers, formerly a writer and cast member on ‘SNL,’ has a history of lampooning Trump that started long before the president made it to the White House and Meyers became host of ‘Late Night.’ At the 2011 White House Correspondents’ Dinner, Meyers and President Obama took jabs at the then-host of ‘The Apprentice,’ who watched stone-faced from the audience. Some speculate that Trump’s road to the White House was spurred by the mockery he faced that night.”

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