Comedian David Spade is vowing to buck the trend with his new late night TV show insisting Donald Trump jokes are off the table – even if it means him not getting big audiences.
In a bold move, 1990s Saturday Night Live alum Spade tells DailyMailTV that he has vowed to steer clear of Trump gags as the president has become ‚an easier target’ to pull in ratings.
The defiant movie and TV star added that he doesn’t want his new Comedy Central show just to ‚pile on’ Trump – leaving it to rivals Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Fallon and Jimmy Kimmel to poke fun at the POTUS.
Spade joked that his stance may mean that his new series Lights Out with David Spade, which launches Monday, July 29, could be the ‚coldest’ show and one that ‚no one wants to see’.
But the 54-year-old Emmy and Golden Globe nominee is adamant that viewers will be served laughter and skits, rather than examine the ‚shock value’ of the political landscape.
Comedian David Spade tells DailyMailTV that he won’t make Donald Trump jokes on his new show Lights Out with David Spade, which premieres on July 29
The Grown Ups actor also vowed that he will not be as mean to celebrities on Lights Out despite having made his name on SNL with his his impressions of stars like Brad Pitt, Kurt Cobain, Denis Leary, Jeff Foxworthy, and Owen Wilson.
Spade admitted now that he is pals with many A-listers he ‚doesn’t want to take anyone’s legs out too hard.’
Spade spoke exclusively on camera about his new show at the first Comedy Central, Paramount Network and TV Land Press Day in Los Angeles.
Asked about his decision to avoid Trump sketches or monologues, which has seen Colbert’s show soar to become the biggest late night show; Spade joked: ‚We are trying to do the coldest thing. We want to do stuff that no one wants to see.’
Explaining his decision further, he continued: ‚I just thought when we talked to Comedy Central that it was sort of like what could we do with me and my sense of humor.
‚And maybe it is time for a non political fun show again making fun whatever else is going on. Gender reveals drive me crazy, anything going on in music and acting.
‚There are so many funny things that we all make fun of. Get some comedians in and do that again instead of getting so heated about the country.
‚The country is going to work or not work without me involved. So I will stay away and let all the other celebrities handle fixing that.’
The SNL alum says he will steer clear of what his former show has now become notable for: impersonating political figures
Spade says he will leave the Trump jokes to his late night rivals Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Fallon and Jimmy Kimmel
Stephen Colbert’s CBS show has soared to become the biggest late night show since he began making fun of the president
Asked if he was concerned about the ratings, Spade said: ‚I mean you have to be. I will live or die with whether people think I am funny or not, because they have all done that so I don’t even know what I can even know what I could add to that. They are funny and smart and have good jokes about it.
‚At this point it would be just piling on.’
He continued: ‚It gets to be where after a few years Trump turned into an easier target, because at the beginning it is like ”Can you believe this guy?”
‚And now it is like ”yeah we can.” It is sort of what it is day to day.
‚So it is less shock value. I will just try other ways. There are ways to be funny.’
Spade said: ‚I walk down the street and film stuff on my Instagram of ducks.
‚So if you are funny you are supposed to be able to find something else funny.’
He admits even his hardcore comedy which helped make him a star on Saturday Night Live is off the table.
While on Saturday Night Live, Spade became famous for his impersonations, in particular his rendition of President Bill Clinton during the Clinton Auditions skit on September 24, 1994
Spade, who once played Brad Pitt on Saturday Night Live, says he will go easy on telling harsh jokes about A-list celebrities because many are his friends
The Michigan entertainer wowed millions in the 1990s with his skits poking fun at a raft of stars.
‚I don’t think it’ll be as rough on celebs like I was on SNL. Now I’m kind of one of them. I will think of being funny against them, but I don’t want to take anyone’s legs out too hard. It is a bad pitch.’
Lights Out with David Spade will follow The Daily Show with Trevor Noah Monday through Thursday each week.
The series will feature Spade’s signature take on the pop culture news of the day.
The nightly series will include a rotating group of Spade’s comedian and celebrity friends, while also incorporating sketches and field segments.
Lights Out with David Spade joins a growing slate of new and returning series at Comedy Central including: docu-series Klepper; scripted comedies South Side, Awkwafina and Robbie; and sketch-comedy series Alternatino with Arturo Castro.