‘I don’t want this job,’ says one, of covering the president non-stop
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fueled a surge in late-night ratings and ad revenue, but the writers behind many of those shows say they’d rather not have to cover the increasingly outlandish 24/7 news cycle of his presidency.
“I just find it exhausting. I don’t find it fun,” said Jason Reich, head writer of Comedy Central’s The Jim Jefferies Show of having to deal with all Trump, all of the time. “I don’t want this job,” added Hallie Haglund, a writer for The Daily Show with Trevor Noah.
Reich and Haglund were part of a group of late-night writers who spoke about their jobs in a Trump administration during the Television Critics Association’s summer press tour in L.A.
The writers, who represented late-night shows on Comedy Central and TBS, said that rather than providing them with plenty of material, the incessant nature of Trump-related churn has made their jobs tougher than ever. “It can also get really boring to deal with this same person who is provoking the same level of outrage with everything he does. To find a new way to go after that can be really boring,” said Haglund.
For comedy writers, “the challenge is always, ‘How do I heighten this?’” said Haglund of Trump’s tweets. Now, “there’s nothing left to do, because it’s so ridiculous.”
The writers agreed that whenever Trump tweets, their first reaction is not to think about the new material they’ll have for their next show….
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