Why don't we ever see Donald Trump laugh?

Emmy-winning standup comedian Judy Gold talks to Salon about finding humor in the humorless


Mary Elizabeth Williams
September 8, 2017 10:45PM (UTC)

Veteran comic, writer and actor Judy Gold has honed her comedy skills through several presidential administrations, but she never could have imagined a commander-in-chief who won an election after famously calling a former colleague of hers a "slob" and a "pig." Yet among her television and stage credits, Gold is a two-time Emmy winner for her work on "The Rosie O'Donnell Show." 

While comedians are accustomed to poking fun at current events and political figures, Gold — who cracked jokes about Nazis in the recent documentary "The Last Laugh" — admits our current dire time has created a whole new set of challenges for comics.

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She spoke recently to Salon about how comedy is changing, and what she still finds she can laugh about. Here are some highlights of our conversation — watch the video for more. 

On the right's missing funny bone:

Have you ever seen Donald Trump laugh? No. He doesn't laugh. There's nothing self-effacing about him. He has no sense of humor about himself.

On battling wits with the unarmed:

If you even look on Twitter, even when we're funny, when someone is writing something sarcastic or ridiculous, they don't come back with a joke. They come back with hatred, and prejudice, and "snowflake," and "F__k Obama" and "Hillary's emails." There's no humor in what they do. It's horrible.

I do a joke about Trump that when I look at him in comparison to all the other world leaders, when you see him standing there and there's Merkel, Macron and Trudeau, I realize he's the only human being who could make American Jews want to move back to Germany.


Mary Elizabeth Williams

Mary Elizabeth Williams is a staff writer for Salon and the author of "A Series of Catastrophes & Miracles."

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