Report: DNC Changed Julia Louis-Dreyfus Joke Fearing it Would Open ‘the Dementia Thing'
Anyone who writes comedy has had jokes "cut." It could be simply cut for time or because you have too much material. It can also be cut because you just weren't bringing you A-game that day. Speaking of not bringing your A-game, Julia Louis-Dreyfus hosted the Democratic National Convention. The funniest thing about the performance turned out to be a joke that didn't make air. Not the joke itself, but the reason why it was cut.
According to Vanity Fair, there was tension between [Stephanie Cutter, the convention's chief program executive] and "Veep" showrunner David Mandel and his team over some of the jokes in Louis-Dreyfus' script, which they penned.
Louis-Dreyfus was planning to say that Biden understood hard work and struggle, while "the only time Donald Trump has struggled is walking down a ramp and trying to drink a glass of water."
If you need to refresh your memory, Trump fumbled a bottle of water once. That's it. That's the setup. I think it was a two-day story on CNN. Because Trump fumbled a bottle of water.
Cutter said that Mandel couldn't have the joke "anywhere" in the script. She said they didn't want to risk "opening the dementia thing" and said that laughing at Trump's faculties may remind viewers that he had painted Biden as a frail person.
The joke got changed to "Donald Trump thinks 'self-made' means inheriting only half a billion dollars from your dad." Really, they should have kept cutting. There was a lot of cringe:
Julia Louis-Dreyfus's jokes during the Democratic National Convention youtu.be
Of course, you and I both know that Joe Biden DOESN'T have a dementia thing. He has a stutter. One that he has had since a kid, but that we only heard of a year ago. All those examples of Biden sounding unintelligible on the campaign trail were stutter-related. Joe Biden is in total control of his faculties! Let all who disagree take it up with the "fact" checkers and Facebook algorithm writers.
IF this report is true, and the DNC producers were so afraid of 'the dementia thing' being a problem that they rewrote jokes, that's pretty funny. Maybe Barack and The Boss can ask Biden about it when he visits the pod.
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