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Mitt Romney's 47 percent comment: Manna for Jimmy Fallon and Jon Stewart (VIDEO)




Kyle Kim

BOSTON — Late night comedians are always looking for laughs.

This is, of course, right and good: the use of comedy and satire is a highly satisfying way to deal with human foibles, from Jonathan Swift to Jon Stewart.

Laughter is also a way of coping with pain, which is widespread in an American economy where median household income fell by 1.5 percent last year to just over $50,000, and where millions of people remain unemployed or underemployed.

Enter Mitt Romney and the ongoing media storm over the Mother Jones "secret tapes," in which the GOP candidate said 47 percent of Americans are "dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled."

Jimmy Fallon, naturally, pounced on his "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" show.

Here's the clip, America, which expertly conflates middle class woes and Romney's political problems with the hottest pop cultural references in the country, from Kate Middleton's topless photos, to Honey Boo Boo to Nicki Minaj:

Not to be outdone, The Daily Show also jumped onto the story.

Who said politics was dull?