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violence @ -- violence@nbc. >> a lot of people can communicate with writers and producers. allan can you explain what internet is? my first announcement is one i think you all have been >> only i need to understand. >> i am mostly pissed off that not enough people are pissed off. >> politicians very visible and they tend to be liars, which is great so you can go after them. >> it's making me angry if i feel like screaming but i'm unsure how far my neck veins can
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safely bulge out of my neck. >> yes, this is really life, this is really happening. i cannot believe the men and women that we have chosen to be our leaders. you watch the in-house footage of these congress fall hearings and i'm thinking what sort of empty headed say yauns am i watching here. >> politics is one of the most
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hypocritical -- >> in the white house president obama has the emancipation -- >> we can't prosecute all of them so let's at least mock them. >> i believe if you can't say something nice about somebody, you must be talking about hillary clinton. >> donald trump, oh my god. donald trump is like the nagging cough that has turned into full blown aids. it's pe that we have comedians acng as advocates and speaking truth to political power. >> i end up doing comedy because when i'm angry i'm funny that seems to be the deal, and
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politicians make me angry. >> democrats and republicans believe that what they tell you about the fact is actually the fact itself and it isn't a [ bleep ] fact. >> we don't have anything to lose, we don't have to worry that the white house isn't beginning to give us access, we already don't have access so we can say whatever we want. >> the reason that comedians pick on politics, it's almost like a prayer. hey could you maybe not steer us off a cliff but the only way i can keep you on it so you'll look ridiculous so you can stop what you're doing. >> i feel like george bush can bring about the biblical apocalypse. i don't think bush wants to be president, i think he wants to be the last president. >> history in that realm puts you into a battleground situation also when those who find what you say funny and relate to it because they agree with you. and those that disagree with you don't find it fun if i or find
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it offensive. >> well, until john stewart and colbert, bill mark, the political satire was cartoonist. just drawing someone in a lewd chris way in and of itself brings them down. >> of course it influences people because they're good read ersz. >> it's the pen and the balloon, showing the evenerer has no clothes things of that sort. >> he illuminated hypocrisy. >> during the water gate years there were precisive cartoons. being that it was -- it was one of the few places in a newspaper where you can tell it look it is. in the end her block has a
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great -- that complained to him.eople i was outrageous. he have one answer every time, he'd say, but it's true. >> franklin, i can call you franklin? >> years ago, it was frounded upon to make fun of the people running the country. >> they won't let anybody talk politics in here because this stadium was dedicated to art, sports and any useful enterprises. >> now mr. nixon won easily and he wouldn't even campaigning, which can show you how well a politician and do it if he keeps his mouth shut. >> here we are, reagan and carter -- ♪ >> mark russell would get on his piano and make gentle fun of politicians, so gentle he could hang out with them afterwards.
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♪ >> i would get criticized more often for being too gentle and than for being too hash. i have not a bom thrower, i was too safe. >> i kept seeing pictures of kennedy and crew shift together, they look like they needed a new capture. looked like, dad may i have the keys to the car. >> mort saw saul was overtly political. a comedian taking a stand having a point of view. this was something new. >> when john kennedy became president, mort's always doing bits ab kennedy. many of them hart hitting and people were surprised. he saw himself as whose job it was to go after whoever was in power, be it republican and democrat. >> do you have an agent now? >> no, and i can't get one. the last one i had was freddy
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fields. he said to me no agent can help you in the position you're in. >> i like a comedian who i'm truly not sure what side he's going to be on an issue. i'm not a fan of a stand-up comedian that just reaffirms a status quo. >> do you believe entertainers should have opinions and express them? >> most definitely. they got to have opinions like everybody else. >> do you think entertainers should exert political influence? >> if they want to. ♪ >> the smothers brothers this was during the '60s. and to be on television at that time and talk about the vietnam war, the sensors were after them all the time. >> gee sarj i understand now. i'm not afraid any more. . i can kill but i still can't vote. >> the smothers brothers was a
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great show but she wit was take the air. >> if cbs has its way, we go off the air and nothing is said about it. >> when the government starts censors us that's a genuine proble current weather conditio curnt weaer conditio current weather conditions sort g /* /- csoring an comedian is insanity. verizon. just named number one in the nation by rootmetrics, the largest independent study. in call, data, speed, and reliability. and awarded number one overall network for the eighth time in a row. because only verizon has the best network and the best unlimited.
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neater. >> i think make fun kat in '64. >> vaughan meter come out with a record called the first family, which apparently was jfk. >> using my gesture and using my line. >> i read from the mr. meeder record but i thought it sounded more like teddy than it did me. >> there's something charming and american about this idea that rerepublican our political figures but at the same time we'd like to take them down a peg. >> general ford was like a football player, he's a really great athlete. but in the public's mind once he started doing jerry ford, try getting that toothpaste back in the tube. >> i do have two major
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announcements to make, uh-oh, no problem no problem. >> as a kid i didn't know anything about president ford. i thought oh, he's a clumsy ed yacht. >> chevy's ford there was no attempt to make it look like ford. he played -- chevy's portrayal made a difference. >> will president ford win begin in '76? >> i don't think so. do you? >> my name is jimmy carter and i'm running for president. >> saturday night live for a lot of its existence has defined the comedian take on the president. >> i'll try to be a lesty zesty president. full -- hi baby how are ya? >> bye-bye. >> bye. >> whoever's doing an impression of "saturday night live" that becomes v's impression of the
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president. >> lobster boy i feel your pain. >> pan it's cool i'm going to be president, that's wicked. >> will ferrell's the depiction of george w. bush, in my opinion i want made him seem warm hearted. >> we got to get ready to -- i'm a uniter not a divider. i'm a uniter not a divider. >> snap out of it. >> everybody knew that bush was sort of challenged when it came to the english language. >> strategicry. >> but gore said something that was not helpful to gore. >> rather than squander did surplus on a risky tax cut for the wealthy. i'd put it in what i call a lock box. >> that sort of slightly
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superior repetition lock box said something to americans about gore that's responsible for the 500 votes in florida. >> i love those talking moments, they say a difference between a hockey mom and a pitbull, lipstick. >> democrats were petrified of sarah paylen. she has a rallying speech. and it took tina fey putting on a wig, she was the take down of paylen. >> with we not doing the then portion? ♪ >> how will you solve the financial crisis being a maverick? >> we're going to take every aspect of the crises and look at it and we're going to ask ours what would a maverick do in this situation. >> one study just out shows
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sarah pay land's rating drop a few points as viewers watched a spoof of the gmc terrain. >> i think tina fey's -- destroyed her career. god bless her. >> we need a revolution, millions of people on the street, we got to do something and do it now. >> after the first debate, my agent called me on the phone and i started talking about bernie. and he said oh my god, that's so fun u.n., you should make a video and put it on the internet an this. i said no, i'm not that kind i don't want to do that. he hung up the phone and ten minutes later lauren michaels called and that was it. >> oh my god mr. bernie sanders, i'm in your biggest fan, i'm telling you i'm feeling the
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burn. >> characters are fun because you don't have to give the back story you can get right to the punch line. >> i'm going to start this debate in the quietest voice possible. in the past i have been big and loud but tonight i am a sweet little baby trump. >> i think when it's done well it's funny. >> snl is a show where people are looking at. it seems to make sense. >> our first question is for you and it is about reproductive rights. >> they're ripping babies out of vagina's. >> trump's fine, and hillary's shifty. t not just the person doing a great impersonation, it's got to
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>> cable news turned politics into sport. they game so predictable and partisan that it left this vacuum of like, is anyone going to talk about what's actually going on. >> the president boasted at the top of his press conference last night that we have the support now of britain and spain for our attack on iraq. when you happen to make it clear to the world the people up in your corner are britain and spain. >> he was before john stewart and he was the young, hip hot telling it like it is guy. >> did you see the press conference? i don't want tokz it was nothing knew but at one point the closed caption actually said blah blah blah blah. >> that is really a political show. he doesn't make any bones about the fact he's going right into the teeth of it. >> because you're a great american, don't run, please. >> bill mark take the meet the
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press, talking around the table format. says the [ bleep ] no one is going to say. >> over the next month let us know which one of these bloated ticks on america's hide need to be burned off. >> most politics try to stay in the middle so they can appear to both sides, but bill is fearless. >> i think collin powell to be the guy, if he wanted toto run guns obama. >> he's got a view, he's not a straight line, he criticize both sides. >> sweet granted may hillary, she would have done fine in 2008 but in this year the voters rearview not in the mood for steady as she goes. they don't want america's nicest grandma. >> you've been pretty hash of president trump too. >> yeah my job is to hold their
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feet to the fire. >> he's doing it right. >> john stewart changed the face of late night comedy in america. he altartered the ja correctry of humor. >> you wonder sometimes how our government puts on its pants in the morning. >> the value of satire and comedy when it regards the government is important in the sense of by finding the funny of the situation that is happening, we find the truth. >> i was not elected to serve one party. >> you were not elected. >> that was a turning point. >> the elections? >> not for the country for comedy central. >> sadaam hussein has gone to
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lengths to keep weapons of mass destruction. >> there was this sense of everyone going towards this thing and nobody was really ready to criticize. >> osama bin laden declared war in america and then came the attacks. how i wish the administration at that time in those years had done something. yes, although i think there were other warnings too that came later. >> i wish the title was bin laden determined to attack inside the united states. >> he was really adept it serving it up to show either hypocrisy, abuse of power and it connected for people. >> is tonight the night they exploit 9/11 or is tonight they
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destroy promises for the future. >> i love to have things broken down for me. >> you're doing theater when you should be doing debate, which will be great. why don't you do -- what you do is partisan hackry. >> you got to be kidding me. >> you're on cnn, the show that leads into me is puppets ming prankhone calls. at is wrong wit you. >> all the comedians that came out of larry stewart shop, they're saying what they feel, their passionate, appointed and often very partisan and i think think make no bones about it. >> your voice will be heard in the form of my voice. you're looking at a straight shooter america, i tell it like it is. i calls them like i sees them. i will speak to you in plain simple english. and that brings us to tonight's
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word. truth thinkness. >> what colbert did was remarkable because he was playing a very arch character that was based on fox news personalty. >> caution. >> you're breaking my heart bill. >> i'm sensitive. >> if you're an act then what am i? >> with this character he was improvising everything in realtime from an inverse point of view. >> a lot of right wingers thought colbert is a republican and he's cheeky. >> they didn't know that it was a joke. i mean, come on. >> president pubush, great president or the greatest president? >> he did that classic satire thing, i'm going to make my points through the other side. >> are you familiar with what we do here? >> item familiar with the total
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scrubbing. >> okay, you foe i'm in character. >> yes. >> okay, then i'm an idiot. >> that's wonderful. >> there are comedians that have the ability to tap into thing that are happening right the second. it couldn't be more urgent and more on people's minds. they want somebody to say things about it. we turn to them and we're so desperate for it, it spills out of the society. >> do you think it's fair to say majority of lobbyists are good people like moms? >> yes. >> what are you talking about. i feel like you're living in a fantasy world. do birds dress you every morning? >> you can say the thing that journalist can't say on camera. they do have to be professional about it, i do not. i am making a comedy show. my job is much easier. >> political comedy has become a part of mainstream discussion.
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called you mr. president and mr. dixon. i'm sorry i shouldn't be so informal on the air. what should i call you? >> jack, i won't worry about that i've been called everything. >> the sbrek of comedy especially on late night is a two way street. the audience and the shows themselves are interested in getting to know politicians. i think there's a pool for politicians to be able to use that vehicle. >> the first job of the candidates are to get elected. and you'll see the most dig tied men do some of the craziest things. >> good evening i'm chevy chase and you're not. >> the public likes the fear that that individual who holds the office or that individual whose hoping to acleave the office is kind of one of them.
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♪ >> when bill clinton played the saxophone or arsenio he doesn't look like a presidential candidate, he looked like the guy that would be a guest on that show, one of the reasons clinton was successful was he had some ability to connect with popular culture. >> since we have a deficit that's enormous and that needs to be prague down, i think we have to raise more money. you can't raise money on the middle class because they're taxes went up and they're income's one down in the '80s. >> it's definitely enough in a campaign trail for a politician to be a late night, to be on snl. >> are you tired of the campaign at this point? i know i am. >> a lot of what is happened is we're more familiar with our public figures. >> the funny president of the -- 44th president of the united states please welcome president
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obama. >> president obama was the first -- >> when is the dog comment i keep hearing about the dog? >> listen, this is washington, that was a campaign promise. >> oh wow. wow. man as much as. >> politics is and always has been a performing art. and it is ego dominated, it is needy, na needy narcissistic. >> this is nothing new. >> what's up gang is thats, it's the mi double advertise l. >> i host the talk show and i love having politicians on because you can ask them personal questions. these are thing you don't typically see wen they're on 60 minutes or a show like that. >> i know you support state's
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rights to legalize marijuana, you said you smoked it a couple of times it's not your thing. what is your thing do you have a thing? >> yeah i have a thing, it's my grandchildren. >> you smoked your grandchildren. >> they want to see that you have a sent of humor about yourself and that you're a human. that's all they want you to see. they don't want you to be a master of dialects. that's not the idea of the president. >> comedy shows, don't see the president going on one of those, they're beneath his dignity. >> when president obama took office, the general plan if you had a piece of policy i wanted to plan, an i agenda i'm was do a interview or do a speech. the difference now there are more tools in the tool box. you can create your own content, you want to reach audiences
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where they're consuming their information and the news entertainism. >> i'm sorry i had to cancel a few times. >> the president is president in a completely landscape where you have kids that don't watch television anymore. obama care was already sort of vil tied by the country. we need a water cooler moment to say, yes, we know the website didn't work but it works now. with between two fortunes you had a program that tens of millions of people to watch. >> what is it like to be the last black president? >> seriously what's it like for this to be the last time you talk to a president. >> it must kind of stink that you can't run three times. >> actually it will be a good idea. if i ran a third time it will be like doing a third hang over movie. >> the big thing with it was, it
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was actual funny and i couldn't believe i was actually laughing. >> how long have you add that? >> at least four months. >> you need to get that checked right away, that's one of the most disgusting thing oouf ever seen. >> we need to have separation from these people, and i think when ever they come on it sort of says like, hey, i'm in on the joke, i'm okay. and some of these people aren't okay. >> trump returns to abc this weekend to host "saturday night live" in spite of growing protests. drs when public figures cross certain lines that should lose their privileges to host t.v. shows. >> yes, it can humanize people,
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some people say shouldn't be humanized. >> trump can be a total sweet heart with someone who have no reason to be terrified of him. i notice there were no cut away shots to the roots, i wonder why. >>specially now, comedians have more of the responsible because they have more power than before. you can reach people can comedy, i think more and more comedians are asking themselves, how go i want to use my comedy for something beyond just getting a laugh. >> is there anything people giving you a hard time for being too soft on your questions with trump? >> they never soon my show but yeah i'm never too hard on anyone, yeah. ♪ ♪
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stay tuned in a half our news hour coming up next. >> if you don't we'll conveyed your countries, kill you and con very you to chris yant. >> i'm sure they're hilarious in their own way. >> the 1/2 our news hour. >> whether you're a teacup guy or wall street guy, i think there's a lot of opportunity to
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find humor. >> you think our founding fathers would have put up with any of this [ bleep ]. they were blowing people's heads off because they put a tax on that you are breakfast beverage. >> you can be on the right and be talking. what is the blue collar comedy tour other than white wing cody tr. >> we need to do something about what we're doing we're heating up the err. oh shut up. well you saw what happened in washington, d.c., 10 inches of snow, explain that. all right february. >> they are audience pleasers, even though who make a point of upsetting the audience. >> as a white wing hate munger it's fantastic to be if a hollywood shindigs with celebrities that isn't a fu fundraiser for obama. >> what we call white wing
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politics seems to be about protecting the status quo. i think good comedy is questioning the status quo. >> just eight year i've given you an opportunity for 20 years. >> the president discuss this speech every year at the white house correspond center. this is the most disgusting display of elites in the rooming to. it's journalist, members of congress and the presidents does this speech that makes them all laugh. they're all kind of toasting to their power. it's the worst of washington. >> how about another hand for the president. >> you have this mix of reporters who know all the ins and outs of every political story. then you have all these celebrity guests and they're coming in with a totally different sense. figuring out what's going to appeal to everyone is tricky. >> ladies and gentlemen, here
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with a special edition of the colbert report, steven colbert. >> i think if you show up at the press correspond dance dinner you better risk being booed. >> i believe the government that governs less is the government that governs lease and we have set up a fabulous result in iraq. >> steven colbert at that center i watched with deep jealousy. here we was doing deep humor, not just about but to asying commander and chief. it's it's not easy to stand up in front of a room full of people who you know you're going to say crazy thing about, it's very difficult. he delivered it and it's fantastic. we appreciated. i certainly did. >> this administration is not sinking it's soaring.
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if anything they are rearranging the death chairs. >> i watched it at home, they cut away to the audience and it was just, what, what, they didn't get the joke. so you're screwed from jump street. but it's his character. who dubai. >> thank you very much. good night. >> i don't know if it's a good thing that comedians and politicians getting to in that room because i think it makes you pull your punches a bit. >> it was bushes the last one i did. they said didn't do that joke, and i wish i had done that [ bleep ] joke. >> i can't tell you how excited i am to be here, many of you may not share that excitement, given you have no idea who i am.
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>> that's a very odd night because identify done it a couple times. >> even though his poll numbers are at a low the speaker is writing another book. he's taking a $1 advance, not voluntary, that's the moe he could get. >> they're as uptight as a group could be, you can go what ever up to open a sfinger, it's not going to happen. >> in washington there are people who live to be offended. comedians don leave to be offended they live to offend. >> hosting the white house -- was the most scared as i've ever been expect when the appearance on the letterman show. >> mr. president you remember when country rallied around you in the hopes of a better tomorrow. th was hilarious. >> jorda and i was like this is not fair, obama should be able to say what he wants but because
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of the climate of the world and the spectrum we live in in the united states he couldn't, so we did it for him. >> i invited luther, my angry translator to join me here tonight. >> we knew this was something he would enjoy. >> we count on the press to shed light -- >> and we can count on fox news to terrify old white people with the politics. >> the best way to describe the feeling is satisfaction. >> that's why we running for a third term. >> no we're not. >> we're no? >> no. >> who the hell said that? >> donald trump is here tonight -- >> i had just started at the white house, and i got the final draft. it had all this stuff about donald trump, i just remember
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thinking like, woa this is going to be a lot different than the draft i saw before that. >> just recently in an episode of apprentice, you mr. trump >> you do find the correspondents dinner where the president goes up to that line and don't cross it. and there's who do cross it. >> trump is running as a republican, which is surprising because i thought he was running as a joke. >> comedians can say things that others can't say. they can be furious the way others cannot. >> at the correspondents dinner that seth meyers hosted, he thought he hoveled trump. but it was that night he decided to run for president. so, i'm sorry.
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gentlemen. the e end of the election. can you believe it? what a year tonight has been. right now, i know you don't have your phones or anything. but right now, the election is too close to call and too terrifying to contempt plalacon. this one is, a nail-biter. and a passport-grabber. [ laughter ] >> it's nice to be able to laugh in the face of something you think is serious. you can go down a cra rabbit f issues or people. you need levity. >> six more electoral votes for donald trump, this evening. 228-209. >> he is now on the doorstep of 270 electoral votes. wow. wow. >> that's a horrifying prospect. i cannot put -- i cannot put --
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i can't put a happy face on that. and that's my job. >> cnn can report that hillary clinton has called donald trump to concede the race. >> i don't necessarily think that comedy can change minds. but i do believe if you're on a tipping point, then you can give someone ammunition. and that ammunition is conversation. >> in general, i am hopeful for president trump because hope is always the best possible pass to take. we know from interviews he's given over the years, that he has at every given point held every position on every issue. >> he's been pro-choice. pro-life. for the iraq war. against the iraq war. >> if it makes me see things through a different lens, that's great. it's beneficial. i don't want to say it's not beneficial. but if i thought that was our
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main goal, we would just stop doing jokes and collapse inwardly. >> don't think of writing something stupid like, what a lucky break the trump presidency is for comdeians. the jokes write themselves. the jokes don't write themselves. jews write jokes. >> the only responsibility is to tell the story correctly, to get your facts straight, so you have that credibility. the show is not intended to make change and -- you know, it's not. that's not my sprengs. that's not my job. our job is to do a comedy show that's interesting. i if i in if a man gets up and says he's going to lead the 180 million people, he is rld, subject to analysis and sometimes criticism. i think that's fair. after all, he has the compensation of the country to play with, for between four and eight years. >> the gullet of comedy is to
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entertain, and be funny. to tap into commentary of what's going on the politicians specifically or media coverage. that speaks to people on a deeper level. >> we're angry and crazy for exactly the same reason. the democrats make us angry and the republicans make us crazy. or switch it around, if you wish. whatever makes you [ bleep ] laugh. >> the power of comedy when it comes to politics, in my opinion, is getting people to pay attention. young people don't care about politics. when you get them laughing, hopefully you get them to the polls. get them cares about issues they can have an impact on. >> but look, i do understand that any country that lets me run my mouth the way i do in public, deserves to be saved. i'm trying. >> if you're good, you are a
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tru truthsayer. and even though you're doing it with humor, you're going up to the line. it's a very courageous thing to do. >> comedy and politics were married. it's shows the true spirit of what our democracy is. you know? we're not afraid to make fun of the people that are in power. i think that's beautiful. ♪ >> what are your impressions of the night that is the white house correspondents dinner? >> do you think donald trump will invite me to be his comedienne? i can't wait to find out. >> you go to the democratic convention, you have sarah silverman up there being really funny. and then you have the republican one, and you're getting actu it. is it chachi? i think it is. >> the transition from comedian to senator, made sense to me. not so much right away, to
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voters in minnesota. i won theirst one by 312 votes. which that's funny. [ laughter ] is there a difference between parody and satire? parody is, man, i don't know. >> well, you know, jerry, my brother and jim abrams always have an answer for that. >> i think of -- of -- i don't know i'll go look them up in the direction na dictionary. >> parity is essentially a takeoff. >> parody is what weird al yankovic does. >> hold on a


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