Armed with a team of citizen journalists, former “Daily Show” correspondent Jordan Klepper, seen at an August Trump rally in Phoenix, will represent anti-mainstream media viewpoints in Comedy Central’s new late-night satire “The Opposition.”
NEW YORK — Jordan Klepper is an angry white man.
Or, rather, he plays one as host of Comedy Central’s The Opposition (Sept. 25, Monday through Thursday, 11:30 ET/PT), a new Daily Show companion that stars one of its former correspondents as an arrogant blowhard.
While the Colbert Report channeled Bill O’Reilly, Klepper is aiming his sights more generally at the alt-right media, magnified in the Trump area as a place where contrariness is its own reward.
“This guy is a provocateur first,” he says in an interview at the show’s spacious offices — overlooking a Hooters — in a shabby midtown hotel, where a former ballroom serves as his studio. “He’s going to be the first guy to stand up against something; he just hasn’t figured out what that thing is yet.”
So the show also will “poke some holes in how the left gets so sacrosanct with some of their issues as well,” Klepper says. “We’ll feed it through the opportunistic host, who will flip on his own ideas if it makes him get more clicks. That’s his ideology.”
If that also sounds a bit like our current president, it’s purely intentional.
At a practice taping on Sept. 15, Klepper aimed his satirical sights on climate change, PBS, “soulless progressives,” the “deep state” and (of course) mainstream media. “I don’t like it when people agree,” he told his guest, a Politico editor. “Compromise is the ultimate C-word.”
Klepper, 38, isn’t really angry; he’s a smart, genial, 6-foot-4 native of Kalamazoo, Mich., with a pompadour and a background in improv. He joined Daily in 2014, replacing John Oliver, and bridged the transition from Jon Stewart to Trevor Noah.
He honed the character, a more “paranoid” version of his Daily Show persona, as he interviewed supporters at Trump rallies during the 2016 election. “What became eye-opening to me was where they were getting their information,” he says. “It wasn’t necessarily CNN, and it…