'He’s broken through some crazy barrier no one’s broken through before,' said O'Brien during a panel in Boston about presidential humor

By Megan Daley
Updated September 14, 2015 at 05:05 PM EDT
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Donald Trump’s campaign might seem like a gold mine for comedians like Conan O’Brien, but it’s not as easy to deliver the punch line as you might think.

“It’s so absurd,” O’Brien said during a panel in Boston about presidential humor on Saturday, according to People. “How comedy works is, you say the setup, and it’s not supposed to make people laugh. With Trump, you say the setup, and people are laughing. And then you’re supposed to top that! I find it actually more difficult. We’ve had insane people run for president.”

According to O’Brien — who hosted the panel in association with John F. Kennedy Library’s New Frontier Network — there’s not much the GOP candidate could say at this point to lower public opinion any more, saying, “He’s broken through some crazy barrier no one’s broken through before. I like it.”

Beyond Trump-talk, the late-night host brought up President Obama appearing on Bear Grylls’ Running Wild with Bear Grylls and joked about how it felt like “we’re getting very close to a Japanese game show.” For more on that, head on over to People.

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