Those findings were reported Tuesday in a study by the Center for Media and Public Affairs at
President Clinton, who was elected roughly six months into Leno's tenure on "The Tonight Show," is the all-time top joke target, with 4,607 jokes. Not too surprising considering that he was president for eight years, had a full-blown sex scandal during his time in office and has continued to be a very public person since leaving office.
It turns out Clinton was the subject of more than one of every 10 Leno jokes about a public official. The center's director, Robert Lichter, said in a statement: "Leno's monologues focused on power and scandal, and Bill Clinton was the top twofer."
Clinton, it's worth noting, has never been a guest on Leno's show, though he's appeared on "Late Show With
Other public officials in Leno's top 20 include Bob Dole, John McCain,
The study found that Democrats were the subject of 10,885 jokes, which is 15% more jokes than Republicans. Though it is pointed out that Democrats controlled the
Surprisingly, celebrities were the subject of fewer jokes overall, mostly when they were embroiled in some scandal. Not surprisingly, Simpson was at the top of that list with 795 jokes told about him.
Other celebs who were frequently mentioned by Leno:
Leno's final monologue will be delivered Feb. 6. Bring a calculator.