Every host had their own spin on the latest Trump insanity
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.
The newly passed "BTS Law" allows K-pop stars to defer mandatory military service.
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"I want to share with you that I am trans, my pronouns are he/they and my name is Elliot."
Academy Award-nominated actor Elliot Page has come out as transgender.
Page, known for his roles in films like Juno, Whip It, and Inception, announced his coming out in a social media post today. "Hi friends, I want to share with you that I am trans, my pronouns are he/they and my name is Elliot," he wrote. "I feel lucky to be writing this. To be here. To have arrived at this place in my life."
Every year, Spotify listeners win out over devotees to other streaming platforms when they unveil their Spotify Wrapped playlists — a data driven analysis of what the year sounded like.
And while this year's personal Spotify Wrapped summaries are still loading, Spotify just released their data for their most streamed global music and podcasts of the year.
Announced the week following the Grammy nominations, Spotify Wrapped feels like vindication for artists who were snubbed by the awards committee, like The Weeknd and Halsey.
The summary also analyzed trends of when and how people were listening to content, noting increased popularity in nostalgia-themed playlists and work-from-home-themed playlists. Spotify users were understandably playing music from home more, which even caused an uptick in streaming music from gaming consoles. Listeners also tuned obsessively into wellness podcasts like never before.
After months of on and off again speculation, Rihanna and A$AP Rocky seem to be dating.
Obviously, this is good news if it's true. Can you imagine? For the coordinating outfits alone, I need it.
There have been a ton of icky white rappers over the years, but these take the cake.
On this day in 1990, Vanilla Ice's "Under Pressure" reboot "Ice, Ice Baby" debuted at No. 1 in the UK, kickstarting a Billboard run that would soon carry over to the states and invigorate a fleeting love for Vanilla Ice and his whole...vibe.
Of course, we all know how it ends. Vanilla Ice's credibility and career unraveled as quickly as it began. "Ice Ice Baby" took on a satirical identity larger than its creator, all while Robert Van Wrinkle refused to pay royalties (or even give a shout-out) to Freddie Mercury and David Bowie despite liberally sampling the track's true creators. Ice instead tried to cultivate a hollow rap identity, one where he was a hardened former-gang member from Miami and not a middle-class teen from a Texas suburb. The chorus of the song then came under fire by a black fraternity, who accused Vanilla Ice of ripping off their fraternal chant ("ice ice baby/ too cold, too cold.")