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August 16, 2019

CNN's Anderson Cooper played a second excerpt from his interview with Stephen Colbert on Thursday's AC360, and they talked a lot in this segment about President Trump's appeal. Cooper began by asking Colbert if there isn't a "point of critical mass where people will have had enough."

"I think it's just we vote in 2020 and we find out some more about our country," Colbert shrugged. "We found out something interesting about our country in 2016, and I think what we find out every so often in presidential elections is that there's a large group of Americans — and I don't even think its necessarily Democrat or Republican — there's a large group of Americans who think the president should be a complete jerk. ... A guy who's willing to work on the dark side and get things done."

"Conservatives used to make fun of liberals for victimhood," Cooper said, but "Donald Trump — I mean, he is promoting a sense of victimhood that seems appealing to a lot of the people listening to him." Colbert agreed that this is one of Trump's appeals, that there are people who "strangely feel like they are like him or that he is like them, when I don't know anyone like him. But he says, 'You and me are the same, and I am being victimized, therefore I understand your experience.' But A, he's not being victimized, and he's like no one — he's born with a gold spoon in his mouth."

"But the odd thing about the president is that we actually know nothing about him," Colbert said, citing examples. "For a guy who always likes to have a camera pointed at him and always talks about himself, there's very little we can say about him with certainty." At the same time, he said, Trump is "really good at marketing a single idea over and over again, and I'm sure the challenge for real news is to fact-check him more than twice — because the third fact-check sounds like you're being ..." "Petty," Cooper said. "A little bitchy," Colbert countered. "But he'll never stop." Peter Weber

August 15, 2019

A lot of bizarre things happened in 2016, "but no event was more surprising than when Jerry Falwell Jr., president of Liberty University and a wildly influential evangelical, decided not support fellow Baptist Ted Cruz and instead endorsed Donald Trump," Samantha Bee said on Wednesday's special end-of-summer Full Frontal: Hot Summer Nights! "It was weird that Falwell endorsed Trump, since Cruz was a much better fit for evangelical values. Then, just a couple of months ago, a front-page New York Times story explored the endorsement and possible links between Falwell, a so-called 'pool boy,' a comedian, and Michael Cohen."

"These events may have changed the course of history," Bee said. "But in The New York Times' quest to explain why Falwell endorsed Trump, they left the most important question unanswered." She explored (and eventually answered) that question, which is NSFW, and other related mysteries. Like: "Why would Jerry Falwell Jr. the chancellor of a school with a longstanding anti-LGBTQ history, put up $1.8 million to invest in a gay-friendly hostel with a man he only recently met?" And why did Cohen step in when things got acrimonious and somebody threatened to release racy and compromising photos of Falwell's wife.

"Did Cohen want to bury these sexy photos out of the goodness of his heart?" Bee asked. "Or was it, perhaps, in exchange for a certain presidential endorsement?" She showed a video of Falwell very awkwardly endorsing Trump, then feigned a phone call with TBS's legal department to lay out what she couldn't spell out on air. We learned about the sexy photos thanks to Tom Arnold, who, "like any good friend," Bee said, "covertly recorded Cohen revealing the Falwells' secret, and then he ... sent our show their entire conversation, because you can apparently just text Tom Arnold and he will answer. So what did Tom Arnold discover?" Well, he answered Bee's big question. Watch below. Peter Weber

August 13, 2019

There are three things that are constant with President Trump, Seth Meyers declared on Monday's Late Night: "He's always been a racist, he's always been a con artist, and he's always been a conspiracy theorist."

Trump used the birtherism conspiracy to launch his political career, inventing an "insane fantasy" where former President Barack Obama was not born in Hawaii. In 2011, Trump was telling anyone who would listen that he had people working for him in Hawaii, digging up evidence that would hurt Obama. "They cannot believe what they're finding," Trump told former Today host Meredith Viera. "He said that eight years ago and he's never once explained what they were finding, and the reason is because there were no investigators searching for documents in Hawaii," Meyers said. "If he did send anyone down there, it was probably his two weird sons."

Trump's conspiratorial side was on full display over the weekend, when he retweeted a "deranged conspiracy theory accusing a previous president of murder," Meyers said. The tweet tied accused sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein's death to the Clintons, and while reporting on the matter, CNN's Jake Tapper refused to put the message up on the screen. "The president's tweets are so insane the news can't even show them now," Meyers said. "It's getting to the point where when he talks to reporters, they're gonna have to blur out his entire face. They're gonna have to treat him like accidental nudity; we elected President Nip Slip." Watch the video below. Catherine Garcia

August 9, 2019

Ron Burgundy, the fictional anchorman and podcast host played by Will Farrell, made his stand-up comedy debut on late-night TV Thursday night. On all the network late-night shows, somehow: The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, Stephen Colbert's Late Show, James Corden's Late Last Show, Late Night with Seth Meyers — all taped in New York — and Jimmy Kimmel Live in Los Angeles.

The obvious question — was he funny? — may be the wrong metric here. It's probably better to think of it as performance art, not stand-up. If you find the Ron Burgundy character funny, his comedy is certainly amusing. But it's not really supposed to be funny, per se. And that's the joke.

On Kimmel Live, Burgundy tried out some impersonations, snuck in a Jerry Seinfeld homage, and revealed to Kimmel his most-wanted podcast guests, including himself and the pope.

Burgundy did his longest set on Colbert, and afterward he said that he wore the same winter outfit for all five summer late-night standup sets, though he didn't exactly reveal how he pulled it off. He did drop a cryptic hint, however.

On Late Night, Burgundy abused himself with a "hipster dummy," J.J., and J.J. got the joke. "Listen to yourself, no one thinks this is funny," the dummy said. "No, no, hold on here, some people are laughing," Burgundy said. "Yes, because they are nervous for you," J.J. replied. "They're feverous because you're not funny and you have no talent." And then things got refreshingly dark.

On The Late Late Show, Burgundy briefly touched on President Trump and immigration. This may be his funniest set of the night.

Burgundy used different material in each stand-up routine, remarkably, except for his joke when he was called over for his interview. Stand-up "has been a lifelong passion of mine, for about a week now," he told Fallon. "And I just love it — it's all about the Benjamins." Watch below. Peter Weber

August 7, 2019

Seth Meyers has been tuning into Fox News, and is not a fan of the things he's been hearing.

On Wednesday's Late Night, Meyers first took President Trump to task for refusing to take responsibility for the "fact that he spent his campaign and presidency constantly repeating vile, racist, dehumanizing language about immigrants and riling up his crowds with paranoid fantasies of invading caravans." He then turned his attention to Fox News hosts and guests, who have been supporting Trump's rhetoric and coming up with all sorts of ways to avoid having to enact common-sense gun safety measures.

First, there was Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.), who appeared on Fox News Tuesday and said he won't stand for regulating military-style assault weapons because "they are extremely popular." "You won't ban them because they're popular?" Meyers said. "You know what else is popular? Drugs. Like, all the drugs. They're all popular. Are you in favor of making all drugs legal, too?"

Meyers then mocked Fox News host Sean Hannity, who shared his plan for stopping mass shootings: have retired police, Secret Service agents, and military members guard the perimeters of schools, then have an "armed guard on every floor of every school." That will also work at the mall, with armed guards in "every hall." This, Meyers said, is "insane. These lunatics want us to live in a police state where we're surrounded by armed guards and metal detectors because they won't give up their stupid assault weapons or hunting rifles." Watch the video below. Catherine Garcia

August 2, 2019

With President Trump in Cincinnati for a rally on Thursday night, Stephen Colbert declared that "for once, chili on spaghetti was not the most disgusting thing in town."

The Late Show taped before Trump appeared at the rally, but Colbert did have a chance to watch Trump answer questions from reporters as he prepared to leave for Ohio. They centered on his last rally in North Carolina, where audience members started chanting, "Send her back!" about Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), who came to the U.S. from Somalia as a child. "Fun fact," Colbert said. "She's still here."

A reporter asked Trump if he was prepared to tell Thursday's crowd to stop if they started "chanting something problematic," and Trump gave a non-answer. "I don't know what's going to happen," he said. "I can tell you this, I'm going to Cincinnati. The arena's a very large one, we've sold it out, we could sell it probably 10 times from what I hear." When pressed, Trump added, "If they do chant, we'll have to see what happens. I don't know that you can stop people."

Putting on his best fake Trump voice, Colbert responded, "What am I gong to do, tell my whole audience to go back where they came from? That's not what America's about, folks." As it turns out, the audience did not chant "Send her back!" CNN reports that Trump did, however, insult California, a state he lost in 2016 by 30 percentage points, calling it a "disgrace to our country," and accused Democrats of caring more about undocumented immigrants than U.S. citizens. "The rage-filled Democrat Party is trying to tear America apart," he said. Catherine Garcia

July 25, 2019

They tried really hard to get the soundbites of their dreams, but Democrats and Republicans alike weren't able to extract what they wanted out of former Special Counsel Robert Mueller, Trevor Noah said on Wednesday's Daily Show.

Mueller didn't reveal anything new during his public congressional testimony, and to be fair, he was pretty up front about that, Noah said, warning people months ago that he would only discuss things he wrote about in his report on Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. People thought the 448-page report would "shake America to its core," Noah said, but the "only issue was it was 450 pages too long, and because it didn't contain any boy wizards, no one wanted to read it."

Those who tuned into the proceedings heard Mueller bat away requests from Democrats to read certain passages, denying them "juicy soundbites," and answer multiple questions with the same refrain: "refer to the report." Republicans tried to "portray Mueller as incompetent, inconsistent, and biased," Noah said, but he "refused to play partisan games." It was all pretty tame stuff, so it's a good thing Noah sent his Daily Show correspondents to D.C. to ask Mueller all the tough questions, like what is up with that Cats trailer? Watch the video below. Catherine Garcia

July 24, 2019

On Tuesday, the Senate cleared a bill, the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund, providing financial support for 9/11 first responders through 2092, with only two senators, Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.), "voting themselves into the dustbin of history," Stephen Colbert said on The Late Show. This was a victory not only for the first responders but also for their highest-profile advocate, former Daily Show host Jon Stewart, whose relentless hammering on the issue overcame slow-walking of the legislation by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).

"One of my favorite things about this story" is a photo of "Mitch McConnell right before the vote, walking in, knowing that he's going to have to vote for it," Colbert said. "And here's our friend Jon Stewart," watching and smiling. "That's a good picture," he said, laughing. "Long overdue, thank you to the 9/11 responders for what you did for all of us, and thank you do Jon for staying on top of this." You can see the photo in the video below. Peter Weber

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