Leno serves up political humor

By: NBC Email
By: NBC Email

Jay Leno returns to NBC on Monday night in a show that’ll be a mix of new elements, and ones that carry over from "The Tonight Show.”

One thing that won’t change is Jay’s penchant for political humor.

Jay Leno spent the summer on the comedy sidelines, simply watching the news.

Missing out on can’t-miss material.

Now, he’s itching to get back in the game.

Come Monday, Jay Leno’s off the bench. "It's fun to be the oldest quarterback out there and still being able to play competitively. That's what makes it exciting,” he says.

Almost as exciting as former Congressman Tom Delay dancing with the stars.

"That's when you know times are tough, when Republicans start dancing,” Leno quips.

Leno hopes his earlier time slot will let him jump on that sort of material sooner.

"Now, people are Twittering and texting, there's no secrets any more. The only way you can reach people is to do it right now! Bam!” he says.

And one of those immediate slam dunks for Leno would be President Obama’s address to school kids.

As long as there’s politics, Jay has plenty of laughs.

"Washington is show business for ugly people,” he says.

And for embattled governors, Leno’s got a ready-made source for humor.

"You can't find a mistress in the Myrtle Beach area? You have to go to another country? I say sleep American!

U.S.-made comedy weeknights at 9 p.m. on 11 News.

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