So Obama walks into a bar….

posted at 8:45 am on November 23, 2010 by Andrew Malcolm

Once upon a time there was widespread concern that America’s late-night TV comedians, who fuel and reflect so much of popular culture’s chatter, would shy away from making fun of the Smoker-in-Chief because, well, you know.

As someone who collects these passing smiles, we can report that is not the case. Here are a few recent offerings:

Letterman: Vice President Joe Bidens birthday party was over the weekend. President Obama was so excited he asked Biden to attend in his place.

Leno: Happy Birthday to Joe Biden. President Obama got him a gag gift. No, not a funny gift. A real gag.

Conan: President Obama scheduled to grant a turkey the traditional pardon on Wednesday. But a spokesman for the turkey now says it doesn’t need a pardon. It needs a job. 

Fallon: What is going on these days? George W. Bush writes a 500-page memoir and Obama publishes a kids coloring book.

Leno: Tough decision for President Obama this week: Pardon the turkey or Democrat Rep. Charlie Rangel.

Fallon: Today, President Obama is going down to Kokomo, Ind. That makes sense. No one knows better how to get there fast and then take it slow.

Fallon: Experts announce a new plan to slash the federal debt by $6 trillion. All we have to do is switch from regular light bulbs to not having a federal government.

Leno: House Democrats just elected Nancy Pelosi as their minority leader for the new Congress. Why mess with success, right?

Conan: Congressional Democrats push for $12 billion in additional unemployment benefits. They say they can’t turn their backs on those who until two weeks ago were House Democrats.

 Conan: Donald Trump wants to know if people think he should run for president. So his folks launched a website called shouldtrumprun.com. Americans have responded with their own website, no.com

Conan: Levi Johnston says he’s not going to do any more interviews. Says he’s already used all the words he knows.

Conan: Oprah Winfrey is reportedly considering buying a property in New Jersey. The property is called, “New Jersey.”

Leno: Michelle Obama announces her plan to install 6,000 salad bars at schools across the nation. They expect as many as three students to use them.

SNL: The first ever Starbucks at sea opened this week on a Royal Caribbean cruise ship. And somehow there’s already a homeless guy in the bathroom. 

Fallon: President Obama over in Portugal last week pointed out to his hosts that his dog, Bo, is a Portuguese Water Dog. Yeah, that’s a good way to make friends: ‘Hey, you know who’s just like you people? My DOG.’

Fallon: GM wants to thank all who made its recovery possible: Toyota’s brakes, Toyota’s steering and Toyota’s accelerators.

Fallon: AAA says 42 million Americans will travel over the Thanksgiving holiday. Also, 30 million of them won’t be talking by the time they get there.

Letterman: A new wrinkle this year for Wal-Mart’s midnight store openings on Thanksgiving Friday: They’ve added bulls to the run.

Leno: A rough week for President Obama. He’s gotta pardon a turkey, deal with a lame duck Congress, eat crow and China flipped him the bird over currency.

Letterman: In these times you know you’re having a bad day when your body scan at the airport gets the guards laughing. 

Fallon: Senior Olympics in California — 90% of the athletes tested positive for Ensure. And the Chinese gymnasts who claimed to be 90? Turned out they’re only 86.

Leno: Facebook launches the next-generation messaging system — a combination of IM, text and e-mail designed to ensure that nothing gets done at any workplace ever again.

Fallon: New plan out to cover $6 trillion of the nation’s debt. First, look at all the spending for the past five years. Then, ask China for $6 trillion more.

(Malcolm is the regular Top of the Ticket blogger at:  latimes.com/ticket  )


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Sometimes if you don’t laugh you cry.

watson007 on November 23, 2010 at 8:48 AM

Conan’s jokes are great as always, but I was surprised at how funny Fallon’s are.

Doughboy on November 23, 2010 at 8:49 AM

Conan is freaking hilarious, IMO. Head and shoulders above his competition, but then again, my sense of humour is a bit different than most.

And these are still pretty mild and indirect jabs at the President. I suppose it’s nice that they are at least stepping back from treating him like an untouchable uberman, but this is still more like ribbing a good friend than the skewering the previous administration got.

but a start, nonetheless.

Asher on November 23, 2010 at 8:51 AM

Great job! It reminds me of the old Mad Mag paperbacks of long ago… Mad’s Even More Snappy Answers to Even More Stupid Questions, and It’s A World World World Mad.

…but where is the Fold-In?

singlemalt_18 on November 23, 2010 at 8:52 AM

same difference

Wade on November 23, 2010 at 8:52 AM

Conan is freaking hilarious, IMO. Head and shoulders above his competition, but then again, my sense of humour is a bit different than most.

Asher on November 23, 2010 at 8:51 AM

You’re not alone. Conan has been the best in late night for nearly 15 years. Especially in the mid-to-late 90′s. He had so many classic sketches and characters during that period.

Doughboy on November 23, 2010 at 8:54 AM

Fallon: New plan out to cover $6 trillion of the nation’s debt. First, look at all the spending for the past five years. Then, ask China for $6$7 trillion more.

Don’t forget the interest.

forest on November 23, 2010 at 8:56 AM

You’re not alone. Conan has been the best in late night for nearly 15 years. Especially in the mid-to-late 90′s. He had so many classic sketches and characters during that period.

Doughboy on November 23, 2010 at 8:54 AM

For some reason, I still remember he and Richter doing Hall and Oates sketches. One of those things that was so dumb it was funny. Or maybe I was just drunk at the time…

forest on November 23, 2010 at 8:59 AM

Interesting to note that Conan, Fallon and Leno’s jokes involving Obama mostly make Obama the target of the punchline. Lettermnan’s Obama-related joke makes Biden the target.

Never give up hope, Dave. Never give up hope…

jon1979 on November 23, 2010 at 9:02 AM

Charlie Rangle IS a turkey.

MikeA on November 23, 2010 at 9:06 AM

Conan is in a class by himself. Fallon is funnier than I thought.

Only one from Letterman. How must it feel to sell your comic soul?

rrpjr on November 23, 2010 at 9:12 AM

Photo: Turkey Pardons Obama

Mervis Winter on November 23, 2010 at 9:14 AM

Fallon: President Obama over in Portugal last week pointed out to his hosts that his dog, Bo, is a Portuguese Water Dog.

Is that true? He really mentioned his dog to his hosts? OMG, he is so clueless.

Missy on November 23, 2010 at 9:15 AM

The photograph should be captioned; Bless me Father for I have sinned.

Herb on November 23, 2010 at 9:37 AM

These jokes are very encouraging. Some of them are even funny. It’s taken a very long time, but it appears that at last Obama is no longer off limits for comedy. That is a very good sign.

jwolf on November 23, 2010 at 9:40 AM

Does Obama pardon the turkey or Charlie Rangel?

Is this a trick question??? ;-)

dissent555 on November 23, 2010 at 9:40 AM

Fallon: What is going on these days? George W. Bush writes a 500-page memoir and Obama publishes a kids coloring book.

LMAO

ladyingray on November 23, 2010 at 9:41 AM

No one, and I mean no one, can ever out-do the world’s worst joke!

What did Snow White say at the Walmart Photo Processing Counter?

Someday, my PRINTS will come!

Go ahead, GROAN!

pilamaye on November 23, 2010 at 9:43 AM

All good stuff. Thanks the A.M. chuckle

multiuseless on November 23, 2010 at 9:45 AM

I have found Conan to be exceptionally funny as of late. I am going to have to get in the habit of DVR’ing his show.

Mutnodjmet on November 23, 2010 at 9:50 AM

I wonder if Obama likes fishsticks.

loudmouth883 on November 23, 2010 at 9:54 AM

“No one ever talks about when I occasionally do something that isn’t a source of mirth and derision.” – Barack Obama

NoDonkey on November 23, 2010 at 10:03 AM

“Leno: Facebook launches the next-generation messaging system — a combination of IM, text and e-mail designed to ensure that nothing gets done at any workplace ever again.”

I thought this was one of the few things Obama was actually making progress on.

brainy435 on November 23, 2010 at 10:08 AM

Turkey… Rangel…

Too funny…

Khun Joe on November 23, 2010 at 10:12 AM

Fallon: Today, President Obama is going down to Kokomo, Ind. That makes sense. No one knows better how to get there fast and then take it slow.

That’s good.

Abby Adams on November 23, 2010 at 10:17 AM

Does Obama pardon the turkey or Charlie Rangel?

Is there a difference?

capejasmine on November 23, 2010 at 10:22 AM

Abby Adams on November 23, 2010 at 10:17 AM

I agree. They were all funny, but that one still has me chuckling. lol

capejasmine on November 23, 2010 at 10:23 AM

This is BS. Only two of these jokes are about the Bamster.

The massive hypocrisy here is that comedians see themselves as daring and cutting-edge and all that, when they are nothing of the kind. They are for the most part conformists and they suck up to Bammie.

I guess they are flustered because the arch-enemy of the left that they have called ‘the man’ for fifty years somehow ended up in the White House.

slickwillie2001 on November 23, 2010 at 10:32 AM

This is BS. Only two of these jokes are about the Bamster.

slickwillie2001 on November 23, 2010 at 10:32 AM

I was wondering if I was the only one who noticed this. How is this proof that late night comedians are making fun of him?

In fact, the Bush book one is more of a jab at Bush than Obama.

Esthier on November 23, 2010 at 11:45 AM

Fallon: President Obama over in Portugal last week pointed out to his hosts that his dog, Bo, is a Portuguese Water Dog. Yeah, that’s a good way to make friends: ‘Hey, you know who’s just like you people? My DOG.’

Is that true? He really mentioned his dog to his hosts? OMG, he is so clueless.

Missy on November 23, 2010 at 9:15 AM

At a news conference with Prime Minister Jose Socrates, he also noted a Portuguese connection at the White House: the family’s dog Bo. The furry, black pet is a Portuguese water dog, a breed that originated in an area of southern Portugal known for its beaches and resorts.

Close enough for Government work…

unclesmrgol on November 23, 2010 at 11:46 AM

Just a thought:
Why would Oprah move to New Jersey,maybe to run for Governor?

DDT on November 23, 2010 at 12:35 PM

Thanks for the laughs i needed that. For some reason this one made me LOL

Conan: Levi Johnston says he’s not going to do any more interviews. Says he’s already used all the words he knows.

Greed on November 23, 2010 at 1:15 PM

Fallon: Senior Olympics in California — 90% of the athletes tested positive for Ensure. And the Chinese gymnasts who claimed to be 90? Turned out they’re only 86.

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Racist… /pfft

RalphyBoy on November 23, 2010 at 2:05 PM

Letterboy- 10,000 comedians out of work, and he’s trying to be one…

2ipa on November 23, 2010 at 6:43 PM