Now, with topical comedy, you have the premise which is usually the mention of the actual event, then you have the point of view and the twist which is the punch line. Normally the punch line relates back to the premise and point of view. That’s what most late night comics do every night routinely. But not this time! Jay Leno mentions the meeting but then he takes the joke in another direction that makes no mention or reference to The Minister.
Maybe Jay got scared because he felt my eyes glaring at him through the television. “Don’t you say anything about MY Minister!”
This really got me thinking about Min. Farrakhan’s presence on Late Night television. Most notably, I remember his Feb. 25, 1994 appearance on the Arsenio Hall Show. “As always, I feel a strong responsibility to not only use my late-night arena for entertainment, but also as a vehicle to open dialogue as we strive for peace and harmony in America,” said host Arsenio Hall in a press release before the show.