Jay Leno is ending his 22 year run as host of the Tonight show this evening with lots of media look backs on his years at NBC. But the Center for Media and Public Affairs really topped all Leno history stories by actually counting the jokes he told about political figures.
I mean, really? Someone was assigned the job of counting jokes? And not just political jokes, but political jokes itemized by political person. Whew. In some ways it might be fun to sit and re-read all those political jokes which began with Clinton (4607) but it isn't obvious that the Center for Media and Public Affairs actually kept the actual jokes.
Here is their top ten list of Leno political joke numbers by person:
1. Bill Clinton - 4,607 jokes.
2. George W. Bush - 3,239 jokes.
3. Al Gore - 1,026 jokes.
4. Barack Obama - 1,011 jokes.
5. Hillary Clinton - 939 jokes.
6. O.J. Simpson - 795 jokes.
7. Dick Cheney - 673 jokes.
8. Michael Jackson - 505 jokes.
9. Monica Lewinsky - 454 jokes.
10. Bob Dole - 452 jokes.
We hardly ever have the tv on after 10:30 so our view of late night commedians isn't as knowledgeable as many others, but I did get a kick out of Leno when we did watch. I especially liked his man on the street general knowledge questions given to random people who most often had no clue.