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The Results Are In: Leno's Biggest Joke Targets Were Bill Clinton and O.J. Simpson

Leno only has two more Tonight Show episodes left to host, so George Mason University's Center for Media and Public Affairs took it upon themselves to analyze all 43,892 monologue jokes Leno's told on the show between its premiere on May 25, 1992 and the January 24, 2014 episode. What they found: President Bill Clinton was Leno's most frequent monologue target with 4,607 punchlines at his expense, while other top butts-of-the-jokes included George W. Bush (3,239), Al Gore (1,026), and Barack Obama (1,011). They also found that Leno poked fun at Democrats 15% more often than Republicans, and while celebrities were brought up less often than political [...]

Comedy Videos Are the Most Popular Videos on the Internet

A new survey by the Pew Research Center found that comedy videos are the most popular videos on the internet, with 57% of internet-using adults in the US watching them. That number jumped from 50% in 2009 (the year Late Night with Jimmy Fallon started, which is probably not a coincidence). Comedy videos narrowly beat out how-to (56%), educational (50%), and music (50%) videos, as well as absolutely trouncing less popular genres like animation and sports. The full report on internet videos can be read online, or you could just check out some awesome web videos.

The State is the Wu-Tang Clan of Comedy

In late 1993, MTV premiered The State, a sketch show run entirely by The State, a comedy group from NYU. The same year saw Loud Records releasing Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers), the first album by the Wu-Tang Clan, a hip-hop collective out of Staten Island. Although these two New York groups have no literal connections, they have had parallel influences on their respective fields of comedy and hip-hop, as evidenced through their respective outputs as both a whole and as individuals.

At the time of their debuts, the members of both groups (save for Wu-Tang’s GZA) were all under 25. They had even reached audiences prior, though under compromised circumstances. The [...]