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Late-night monologue writers are finding their jobs extremely stressful in the Trump era

  • Late-night monologue writers are finding their jobs extremely stressful in the Trump era
    Source: Vanity Fair

    "Mondays are a bitch now," says Trevor Noah's Daily Show executive producer Steve Bodow, pointing to all the news in the Trump era that happens Friday through Sunday. He says there's "the Friday news dump, and the Sunday shows, and there’s invariably a weekend Twitter storm.” Jimmy Kimmel Live! co-head writer Danny Ricker adds: “I think we are buoying the therapy industry. There is a level of fatigue and exhaustion, I think, (that is similar to) when we talked about Jersey Shore every day. Jesus, enough with these idiots!” Fellow Kimmel co-head writer Molly McNearney notes “it’s incredibly hard, I think, to be funny when you’re really angry and sad at the same time." Conan writer Laurie Kilmartin, meanwhile, says it's tougher for monologue writers these days because of not only all the late-night competition, but all the jokes on Twitter. “I really envy the Johnny Carson writers,” she says. “Really, they had it so easy.” ALSO: Trevor Noah explains the making a Daily Show episode.

    TOPICS: Late Night, ABC, Comedy Central, TBS, Conan, The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Danny Ricker, Laurie Kilmartin, Molly McNearney, Steve Bodow, Trump Presidency

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