Jordan Klepper

John Heilemann welcomes Jordan Klepper, the correspondent for The Daily Show and two-time Emmy nominee, whose special, The Daily Show With Trevor Noah Presents: Jordan Klepper Fingers the Midterms -- America Unfollows Democracy, premieres November 1st on Comedy Central. They discuss the midterm elections, focusing specifically on the Pennsylvania Senatorial race and the performances of John Fetterman and Dr. Mehmet Oz in their only debate conducted last week; whether it was a wise strategy for Fetterman to debate Oz as Fetterman continues his recovery from a stroke; and Klepper's nuanced approach to talking about Fetterman in front of audiences without appearing offensive or insensitive. They also discuss Klepper's comedic influences, including the British humorists Monty Python, Chris Morris, and Steve Coogan; the author Kurt Vonnegut; and Nobel Prize winner, Bob Dylan; the winding road Klepper took that got him to The Daily Show; the awkward audition process that landed him the gig; and his fabled first appearance on the program that earned the approval of another of his revered comedy mentors, Jon Stewart. Klepper ends the show by talking about his upcoming special; what it's like to engage with the MAGA crowd at Donald Trump rallies; and why he feels that the midterms could be the beginning of the end for America's democracy.



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