California often provides fodder for comedy. Here are a few recent late-night examples:

  • "The Mars Rover is starting to send back pictures. After studying photos taken by the robot, scientists are saying that Mars resembles California. Both have large mountains, little water, and the possibility of hidden aliens."

    -- Conan O'Brien, Aug. 9

  • "A couple of big birthdays today: comedian Tom Green and former Governor of California Arnold Schwarzenegger. Now Tom Green and Arnold Schwarzenegger are very different. One has disgusted millions with his revolting antics and the other one's Tom Green."

    -- Craig Ferguson, July 31

  • "California is so broke that San Francisco has a cover charge and two-drink minimum to jump off the Golden Gate Bridge. California is so broke that Mexico fixed the hole in the fence to keep us from crawling back in again. California is so broke that I saw a going-out-of-business sign at a meth lab."

    -- Jay Leno, July 13

  • "Scientists say over the next hundred years, the coast of California will sink almost 5 feet. So the presidential candidates need to do something. Mitt Romney is conflicted. On one hand, he denies that global warming exists. But if California is underwater, he would definitely win the next election. ... I think if any state has a chance to come up with a technological solution to rising sea levels, it's California. In Hollywood, we're going to do our part by making a crappy reality show about it."

    -- Craig Ferguson, June 25

  • "The first case of mad cow disease since 2006 was discovered right here in the United States. The good news: Since the cow is in California, instead of putting the cow down they are going to enroll him in anger management classes."

    -- Jay Leno, April 26