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5 times comedians delivered scathing Michigan roasts

To be a Michigander you have to have thick skin.

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

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Every now and then you'll hear a joke about Michigan's costs on late night television, but they're not just limited to that time. Here are a few jokes from Michigan (and Michigan-adjacent countries) that stuck with us.

Jimmy Fallon roasts a small town in the Upper Peninsula

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Jimmy Fallon, photo via Getty Images North America

early 2020, Tonight's show Host Jimmy Fallon teased the city of Bessemer, Michigan, in the far western Upper Peninsula, calling it “Weed Town USA” – a reference to the number of residents who grow marijuana. He further joked that soon Michigan would no longer be called the “Great Lakes State” but the “Dank Stank State.”


Jay Leno bursts into Detroit

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Jay Leno, photo via Getty Images North America

In 2012, formerly Tonight's show Host Jay Leno covered a news story about the suspension of Detroit's then-police chief after an alleged affair with a female police officer. “People are stunned,” Leno quipped. “Detroit has a police department? Really?”


Steve Harvey criticized after Flint joke

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Steve Harvey, photo via Getty Images North America

In 2017, someone from Flint went on comedian Steve Harvey's radio show and teased the host that his beloved Cleveland Cavaliers didn't deserve to win an NBA championship. Harvey told the caller to enjoy his “nice brown glass of water” – a not-so-hidden reference to Flint's tragic water crisis. Flint residents (and others) were in turmoil for a time afterward.


An “ouch” from the Daily Show

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Roy Wood, Jr. (left) and Michael Kosta, photo via Getty Images North America

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

Wood: Wow, snail racing. This has to be the slowest sport in the world!
Kosta: Well, not as slow as baseball!
Wood: Damn! You say something else about America's pastime: I'll send you back to your shitty country…
Kosta: Roy, I'm from Michigan…
Wood: Exactly.


Not Michigan, but Michigan-adjacent

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Stephen Colbert, photo via Getty Images North America

Back before he took over The Late ShowStephen Colbert hosted The Colbert Report on Comedy Central. In 2012, he published a book called “America Again: Re-Becoming the Greatness We Never Weren't,” in which he jokingly referred to Detroit's neighboring town of Windsor, Ontario, as the “Rectum of the Earth.”

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