Your Trump Jokes Are Boring!

“You’d better be funny. People will hate you for taking up their time and being boring.” - Phil Rosenthal (Creator of the hit TV show “Everyone Loves Raymond”).

Last month I performed at a comedy event in Ephrata, PA. After the show, a woman approached me and said “You should do jokes about Donald Trump. There is a wealth of material out there that the media isn’t reporting!” I thanked her the suggestion and walked away. Clearly, she did not understand my brand of comedy. Political jokes are not a part of what I do as a comedian. But there is a bigger issue looming…

The first 100 days with President Trump hasn’t been easy for me to digest. Prior to being elected, comedians were joking about what would happen if he won. Wanda Sykes made an attempt to share her point of view about Trump and was booed off the stage. John Caparulo made a Trump comment while performing, and a patron threw her drink at him and left the comedy club. When did talking about POTUS become such a touchy subject?

I’m not big on discussing politics, but I felt the need to comment on President Trump’s tweet about Snoop Dogg’s latest video. Already notorious for using Twitter as means to piss people off, this is what #45 wrote:

I’m the last person to suggest to what is funny or what is not. As the co-founder of the Washington DC Comedy Writers Group, we encourage people to develop material that they believe is funny. We don’t censor anything at our weekly meetings. But in my opinion, this is one premise that is became hacky overnight. Here’s why:

1. As POTUS, the media reports his actions to the world.

2. On late night television shows, he is mocked and lampooned.

3. Artists and musicians contribute their thoughts about him in their performances.

4. Marches and protests are being held about his policies, staff, and other concerns.

This is a short list of the amount overexposure Mr. Trump receives on a daily basis. This builds up a lot of tension people may find troubling. Some of those folks choose visiting comedy clubs as a means of escaping what troubles them. And when a comedian comes onstage adding ‘fuel to the fire’ of what’s pissing someone off…heated words might be exchanged. 
 
 I’m not saying that comics shouldn’t make jokes about Trump. We all have a right to free speech. But I will ask “Why are we beating this premise to death?” We have an entire world that we can mock and ridicule. Let’s show the world how funny we truly are!

During my interview with Jen Grisanti for the DC Comedy Writers Group podcast, she mentioned something that I’ll never forget:

“The world needs laughter, now more than ever!”

As a comedian, I’m going to help produce some of that laughter. I hope that other comedy writers, humorists, and other funny people will do the same. We certainly have better comedy targets than #45 to use to humor the world.

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