Campaigning for the 2016 presidential election is in full swing and the candidates have taken full advantage of one of the prime campaigning spots: late-night television. Specifically, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.
“I make fun of everyone. That’s my job,” Fallon tells Billboard. “When it comes to the show, I don’t have a dog in the fight. If they want to come on, my job is to make them look good, no matter who it is.”
The late-night rock star has done skits with both Trump and Clinton (even dressing up as Trump during a skit to “interview” Hillary and danced to OMI’s “Cheerleader” with the Democratic candidate — see below).
When it comes to the Trump-mania, Fallon finds it interesting how the narrative around the Republican candidate has evolved.
“We should be paying him,” Fallon says. “But it’s interesting. He was a punchline six months ago, but something has happened — the audience has shifted. They don’t laugh at him like that anymore, so we have to find a different way for them to laugh at him. It’s like, six months ago a joke about Hillary [Clinton] moving furniture into the Oval Office would have been a slam-dunk. Now they’re not too sure — it’s not guaranteed that she’s going to the White House anymore. It’s interesting how jokes shift.”
To read the full Billboard cover story featuring Jimmy Fallon, click here.