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In the interview, Sal Gentile writes for late night television, but he lives in President Donald Trump’s mind around the clock. Every day he writes insights and jokes about Trump’s latest ramblings for “A Closer Look,” a segment on NBC’s Late Night with Seth Meyers. Gentile talks about his writing process—lots of jokes go into a first draft, but only a few make the cut—and how the instinct to laugh is itself a reliable bullshit detector.
In the Spiel, the college admissions scandal involving Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin.
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