How to make it funny.
If you’ve been listening to Donald J. Trump’s campaign speeches and are thinking, “How did he get that far in politics?” you are not alone.
The candidate has become an instant star, garnering an estimated $50 billion dollars in contributions and endorsements over the past year.
But there is a serious downside to that fame.
A recent Gallup poll found that only about half of Americans (49%) say they “believe that Donald Trump is honest and trustworthy,” a dismal figure for a candidate who’s so much of a polarizing figure.
So how do you make it fun?
Here are some ideas to try:1.
Go back to the beginning.
Before Trump even launched his campaign, the New York Times reported that he was looking for a way to make a mockery of the candidates political positions.
He turned to the television network “The Daily Show” for a parody of his speeches.
“The people of New York City have no idea what a Donald Trump presidency will look like,” comedian Jon Stewart said.
“They’ve been taught a lot about politics and the presidency.
They’ve been told that it’s going to be the last time the world gets to see a president who will lead them.”
Stewart was particularly impressed by Trump’s ability to take on his opponents with little to no thought about how the speech would affect the political landscape.
Stewart wrote in his book “Last Comic Standing” that he thought Trump “wanted to be a punch line.
He was trying to make fun of us.”
And while it’s easy to mock politicians in their stump speeches, Stewart wrote that Trump’s is more of a political stunt.
“He thinks he can do this without a lot of effort.
He’s not really thinking,” he wrote.
“But he does have the gift of being able to make you think, and that’s the thing he has in common with everyone.”2.
Stewart and Stewart’s guest, a young woman named Katie Couric, tried to get a sense of Trump’s mindset by asking him a question.
“Who are the losers?” she asked.
“You’re not going to get me to say Donald Trump won,” Trump replied.
He then turned to a man with whom he was having a heated exchange: “Who’s the winner?
Couric replied, “Me, too.”
She then suggested that Couric was “in the crowd,” and the two continued to talk.
Eventually, Couric said, “I have a question for Donald Trump.
What is he gonna do?”
Trump then responded, “He’s gonna take care of me.”3.
In addition to the satirical content, Trump’s speeches often contain a heavy dose of political commentary.
Stewart’s segment with Couric drew a lot out of Trump by featuring him addressing the “fiscal cliff” and other issues facing the country.
Stewart then joked about the president’s tendency to “play the field,” referring to the fact that the country’s tax rates have been going up and up.4.
A lot of comedians have taken to Twitter to answer questions about Trump’s political statements, but Stewart and Couric decided to take the next step.
“I wanted to know if he thought he was the best candidate for president,” Couric told BuzzFeed.
“It was the funniest thing I’ve ever done.
I’m very comfortable in my own skin.
So I went ahead and said yes, I think so.”
Trump responded to Couric’s tweet, saying that he would “probably get to the point where he’s really the most powerful person on Earth,” but he was also asking for “more time to make his case.”