Whenever there’s a big story breaking in the world of politics, there’s always a chance for Stephen Colbert to bring back “Stephen Colbert,” and that he did on Monday night’s new edition of The Late Show.
What was the reasoning behind it? It all comes down to the subject of budget — namely, many of President Trump’s surprising budget moves so far. This isn’t the full video, but it does give you a good sense of the sort of gravitas that we continue to see Stephen bringing to this part. It’s funny for so many different reasons. For one, the idea of Colbert talking to Colbert is as funny as it was back when he did the “Formidable Opponent” segment on The Colbert Report back in the day — he’s also become rather good at transitioning through the two different personas, which blend together occasionally but are rather distinct when it comes to subject matter.
Also, many of the glorious Colbert Report callbacks in here are worthy of some celebration, whether it be the referring to of bears as “godless killing machines” or the Wriststrong bracelet that continues to be there. We’re actually not sure everyone in the studio audience completely understood some of these Easter eggs, but we hope that they keep shining through because of the fact that they’re a nice little gift to everyone who remembers that show fondly.
Also, satire is one of the great ways to get your point across. We do wish that there was a little bit more of this in late-night from time to time.
— The Late Show (@colbertlateshow) March 21, 2017
Bonus clip — Just in case this video is not enough for you, there’s another video below via Late Night with Seth Meyers, where he goes over a good bit of what was said in regards to the Comey hearings earlier today and some of the headlines from the weekend. This is what happens in this administration — crazy things happen over the weekend, and then everyone gets some time to pontificate over them before the onslaught on Monday night. If there’s a new Saturday Night Live on that given weekend, then odds are that you’re not even waiting that long.
Meyers has found a little niche for himself with these “A Closer Look” segments. While you’re not getting as close a look as you often are with some other shows such as Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, you still get something more in-depth than most other late-night shows.
Where’s your go-to for late-night TV in the Trump era? Share in the comments below! (Photo: CBS.)