- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Comedian and actor David Spade said in a new interview that his forthcoming talk show on Comedy Central will largely avoid the President Trump-bashing that dominates late-night television.

“I don’t want half the crowd tuning me out,” Mr. Spade told Variety on Tuesday. “I’m just not that smart, and there are other guys doing it better.”

“Lights Out with David Spade” will have a monologue, guests, field pieces and discussion panels, but will mostly focus on popular culture and digital happenings rather than politics, the host said.

“I still like to make fun of everyone and what they are doing, but it’s more good-natured,” he said, adding that “when people do things, I think it’s fair game to make a few jokes, and then you move on — not too personal, of course.”

Mr. Spade made similar comments in June when he told The Daily Mail that he wanted to bring “a non-political fun show” to Comedy Central.

“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,” he said at the time. “At this point, it would be just piling on.”

“Lights Out” will debut on Comedy Central this Monday at 11:30 p.m. after “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah.”

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