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Conan O’Brien on Trump: ‘Hard to find a joke that’s more absurd than what’s actually taking place’

The largest problem of being a comic all through President Trump’s management is discovering a joke “more absurd” than truth, late-night host Conan O’Brien just lately advised CNN.

“People ask me all the time what’s the biggest challenge being a journalist in the Age of Trump — what’s the biggest challenge being a comedian in the Age of Trump?” CNN host Jake Tapper requested Mr. O’Brien, 54, all through an interview televised through the community Friday.

“Comedians usually in a normal era are supposed to take these sort of serious situations and find the comedy in them and stretch them a little bit. In the Trump era we’re essentially dealing with — I mean, every day there is such a mother lode of, I don’t know how else to say it, surreal news, that it can be very hard to find a joke that’s more absurd than what’s actually happening,” Mr. O’Brien answered.

He persevered: “It’s really hard to take what’s happening right now and make it somehow more absurd than it really is. So it’s a challenge for comics. People think it’s easy, but it’s actually a little more difficult I think right now.”

While Mr. Trump stays a widespread goal of late-night hosts and comedians, others sooner than Mr. O’Brien have agreed that the president is almost past parody.

“It’s really tricky now, because satire has kind of become reality,” Trey Parker, the co-creator of the Comedy Central caricature “South Park,” stated in 2017.

“[W]e were really trying to make fun of what was going on, but we couldn’t keep up, and what was actually happening was much funnier than anything we could come up with,” Mr. Parker stated closing yr.

Mr. O’Brien’s feedback to CNN got here on the heels of a talk over with to Haiti this month promoted through a crude observation Mr. Trump allegedly made just lately about that country and others. He filmed his shuttle for a primetime particular premiering Saturday night on TBS, “CONAN Without Borders: Haiti.”

 

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