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Did Trump Kill Comedy?

Trump has killed comedy

He has forced it to evolve

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The bizarreness of President Trump and his administration’s behavior has made parodying them and their actions redundant believes Chris Deaton of The Weekly Standard. Gaffes, blunders and erratic policies have created the comedy, making it impossible to satirize in an original way. Trump’s interaction with those around him has left countless people shocked. Sean Spicer’s press conferences are circuses of absurdity and awkwardness. South Park co-creator Trey Parker even complained that reality is now more ridiculous than anything comedy can cook up. Coming up with ideas that are both funny and original is harder than ever under Donald Trump.

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While suffering an identity crisis in the age of Trump, comedy is an ancient art form that has always persevered, infers Andrew Kahn of Slate. Trump has changed politics in away that has taken the novelty out of simply doing exaggerated caricatures of him. Comedians are transforming from clowns to social commentators, reminding us of the farce of it all. Their roles have been reversed with politicians. The ranting and name-calling comes out of the White House while comics assume a more sober, deadpan tone. Comedians have become the voice of reason, providing intellectual relief from a world gone mad. Comedy isn’t dead, it has simply evolved.

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