You've got to have a thick skin to be a Michigander.

Over the years, Michigan has become an easy target for comedians - largely due to factors outside its control.

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You'll hear a joke at Michigan's expense every once in a while on late night TV, but they're not relegated to that time only. Here are a few Michigan (and Michigan-adjacent) jokes that have stuck with us.

Jimmy Fallon Roasts a Small Town in the Upper Peninsula

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Early in 2020, Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon teased the far-western Upper Peninsula town of Bessemer, Michigan, calling it "Weed Town U.S.A." - a reference to the number of residents growing marijuana. He further joked that instead of being called the "Great Lakes State", Michigan would soon be the "Dank Stank State".


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Jay Leno Busts on Detroit

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In 2012, former Tonight Show host Jay Leno riffed off a news story concerning the then-police chief of Detroit being suspended after an alleged affair with a female officer. "The people are stunned," Leno quipped. "Detroit has a police department? Really?"


Steve Harvey Criticized After Flint Joke

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In 2017, someone from Flint called into comedian Steve Harvey's radio show, teasing the host that his beloved Cleveland Cavaliers didn't deserve to win a NBA championship. Harvey told the caller to enjoy his "nice brown glass of water" - a not-so-thinly veiled reference to the tragic Flint Water Crisis. Flint residents (and others) were up in arms for awhile after that one.


An "Ouch" From the Daily Show

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Comedians Roy Wood Jr. and Michael Kosta shared this back-and-forth at Michigan's expense after airing footage of a snail race of Comedy Central's The Daily Show back in 2019:

Wood: Wow, snail racing. That has got to be the slowest sport in the world!
Kosta: Well, not as slow as baseball!
Wood: Damn it! You say one more thing about America's pastime, I'll send you back to your sh*thole country...
Kosta: Roy, I'm from Michigan...
Wood: Exactly.


Not Michigan, But Michigan-Adjacent

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Back before he took over The Late Show, Stephen Colbert hosted The Colbert Report on Comedy Central. In 2012, he published a book titled "America Again: Re-Becoming the Greatness We Never Weren't", wherein he jokingly crowned Detroit's cross-river neighbor Windsor, Ontario, as "earth's rectum".

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