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Late-night laughs

M. Obama

The best of recent jokes by late-night comedians:

Jimmy Fallon

“Apparently after last week’s debate, polls show Obama trailing Romney by one point. One point – or as it’s also known, ‘the thing Obama failed to make during last week’s debate.’ ”

“In a new interview, first lady Michelle Obama said that she would choose Will Smith or Denzel Washington to play her husband in a movie. Or as Democrats put that, ‘Any way they can play him in a debate?’ ”

Jon Stewart

“Fox News is upset that empty-headed puppets are trying to brainwash and indoctrinate Americans. Perhaps they could sue them for copyright infringement.”

Seth Meyers

“During Wednesday’s debate Mitt Romney said that even though he likes Big Bird, if elected he would stop the subsidy to PBS – it’s a surprising threat considering that ‘Mitt’ is such an excellent Muppet name.”

Jay Leno

“While the average American’s net worth has gone down in the last four years, the net worth of the average member of Congress has actually gone up. No wonder Congress isn’t motivated to do anything – they’re the only ones better off now than they were four years ago.”

“Unemployment is 7.8 percent, the lowest it’s been since Obama took office. The Obama campaign said they can’t wait to take these statistics and not use them in the next debate.”

David Letterman

“It’s Nobel Prize season. Earlier today a medical team received the Nobel Prize for reviving the Mitt Romney campaign.”

“The format for the vice-presidential debate is different. The candidates spend 90 minutes guessing the actual retail price of merchandise.”

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