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Whether it’s their verbal gaffes, scores of scandals or their hair (or lack thereof), Joe Biden and Donald Trump have been ridiculed every which way.

So how will comedians handle what’s looking like another matchup between two creaky, ornery candidates who have spent decades in the spotlight?

Sophia McClennen, author of the new book “Trump Was a Joke: How Satire Made Sense of a President Who Didn’t,” points to research showing how comedy can invigorate an exhausted electorate, making them more likely to participate in the political process.

But she notes that not all political comedy is equal.

“Jokes that focus on physical traits – fat bellies, bald heads, bumbling speech – can exhaust voters,” she writes. On the other hand, satire, which usually centers on faulty logic and abuses of power, “has been shown to compel citizens to volunteer, donate to campaigns and vote.”

With two candidates who serve up opportunities for mockery on a silver platter, comedians will have to avoid the low-hanging fruit as the 2024 cycle kicks into gear.

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Nick Lehr

Arts + Culture Editor

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