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Jordan Klepper on ‘Weaponizing’ His White Privilege

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Seemingly everywhere I went in New York in the week leading up to the premiere of his new Comedy Central docuseries, I saw Jordan Klepper’s mugshot.

The photo, which the network had plastered all over the city to promote his new show—simply titled Klepper—was taken by the Atlanta police department a few months earlier while Klepper, a former Daily Show correspondent and host of the short-lived, brilliantly satirical series The Opposition, was filming an episode in Georgia and got arrested along with a group of immigration activists.

When I asked him during this week’s episode of The Last Laugh podcast what was going through his head when he was being handcuffed and put in the back of a police cruiser, he joked, “I’d like to say that I’m always thinking about the cause. But no, I’m mostly hollow inside and it’s just about, can I get retweets out of it?”

The Second City and Upright Citizens Brigade alum is quick to turn almost anything into a laugh line, but on the new show he has left irony behind almost entirely and is instead finding humor in the inspiring stories of regular people trying to make a difference in America. It’s not an easy task, but for the most part, it’s working.

During our sit-down at a studio in midtown Manhattan earlier this month, Klepper discussed making that transition from playing an Alex Jones-inspired madman on The Opposition to revealing his true self on screen. “It’s as much me as I’ve ever been out there,” he says.

Highlights from our conversation are below and you can listen to the whole thing right now by subscribing to The Last Laugh on Apple Podcasts, the........

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