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After shocking political bombshells, each of the major late night comedians took their own approach to skewering Donald Trump
At the close of a remarkably strange and dramatic day in politics that saw FBI Director James Comey refute the President's wiretapping accusations and confirmed the existence of an investigation of the administration's Russian ties. Now among the many political implications of these actions, the event also opened the door to a treasure trove of comedic material from the wide array of late night comedy hosts. For those of you who went to bed at a reasonable hour last night, here's just a quick rundown of what you missed.
The Late Show
In a surprise move, Stephen Colbert chose to eschew focusing on the FBI hearing and instead went after Trump's budget and its devastating program cuts. Although it's tough to say Colbert actually talked about this subject at all, when he instead passed the mic over to his conservative pundit alter-ego "Stephen Colbert" who proceeded to break down the heartless nature of many of the cuts. Reviving his segment "The Word" (now known as "The Werd" for legal reasons), Colbert continues to double down on his political humor, the abilities that enabled his rise to prominence on The Colbert Report and has allowed him to emerge as the most watched host in late night.
Perhaps the most in-depth look at the hearing itself and its implications came from Seth Meyers, who used his traditional "A Close Look" segment to dive into both the President's calamitous meeting with Angela Merkel and the Republican Congress' poor defense of Trump's innocence. Thanks to the increased focus of the almost 10 minute segment, Meyers helps capture all the bizarre facets for those who had not been following it, while using his deadpan sense of humor to try to make the info a bit more tolerable.
The Daily Show
Trevor Noah meanwhile stuck to a more traditional focus on the hearing, pointing out simultaneously the absurdities of Trump's live tweeting having an impact on the hearing itself as well as the fact he was supposed to have Trump Senior Advisor and former Apprentice contestant Omarosa Manigault as a guest before she cancelled last minute. While still not replacing the masterful ranting of his predecessor, Noah still can deliver some incisive political material.
The Late Late Show
Perhaps the most unexpected approach to Trump skewering was taken by James Corden who created a short musical spoof of the Trump administration to the tune of "When I Grow Up" from the musical Matilda. Featuring Corden as Steve Bannon, Comedian and Matilda composer Tim Minchin as Trump, Ben Platt as Sean Spicer, and Abigail Spencer as Kellyanne Conway, the sketch isn't particularly enlightening about any of the administration's recent scandals, but damn if it's not entertaining.