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Welcome to “Remote Controlled,” a podcast from Variety featuring the best and brightest in television, both in front of and behind the camera.
In this week’s episode, Variety’s executive editor of TV, Debra Birnbaum, sits down with Jordan Klepper, star of Comedy Central’s “The Opposition,” to talk about the show’s first 90 episodes and capturing the Trump perspective.
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Klepper, an alum of “The Daily Show,” built his far-right alter ego Jordan Keppler, which he says is based off of a combination of Alex Jones, Tucker Carlson, Sean Hannity, and Breitbart, in the wake of the current presidential administration. To prep for his nightly show, he says he “wakes up way early and reads the papers, I check out what Breitbart is talking about, what Infowars is talking about, and then I do the Trump diet. I check out ‘Morning Joe,’ ‘Fox and Friends,’ and CNN just to try to see what he’s taking in.”
In a crowded late-night landscape that increasingly focuses on politics and Trump’s tweets, Klepper has carved out a lane for himself as a satiric voice for the ultra-conservative, reflecting what he has seen pop up in this political climate.
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“I’m a privileged white male on late-night television and what is so fun is I see on the fringes a lot of privileged white men with microphones in front of their faces who see themselves as victims, who want to make the story about them, who see a #MeToo movement coming up and want to make it like a men’s rights movement,” he said. “What is so fun about our show is we see these culture wars that are created on the fringe and it’s like we get to create culture wars. We get to take small stories, turn little mole hills into mountains, we get to play the victim and...
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