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Stephen Colbert Continues to Benefit From Donald Trump

It was expected that Donald Trump’s victory in the presidential election would have a net positive impact on late-night and comedic television. Shows like Saturday Night Live have certainly benefited from a ratings boost thanks to Trump. Oddly enough, only certain late-night talk show hosts are seeing a similar benefit. Not surprisingly, it is the more politically leaning hosts that feel the jump.

While NBC’s Jimmy Fallon had been destroying his competition for months and months, if not years, that trend has reversed in 2017. Instead, CBS’s Stephen Colbert is the ratings king in February and into the month of March. Colbert had been having trouble ironing out an audience as he broke onto the network television scene. Once politics overwhelmed everything else, Colbert found his groove.

Audiences were not looking for the silliness and escapism that Fallon delivers. Instead, they wanted raw and real takes on the wild election and presidential dealings. That is what Colbert gives. He topped three million viewers in the overnight numbers from this past week, according to Deadline, which was his fourth straight week winning the ratings battle over Fallon and ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel. The latter felt an uptick after his hosting the Oscars, but that pales in comparison to the steady lead Colbert has claimed.

Political coverage and satire is also what later-night’s Seth Meyers has become known for. His ‘Closer Looks’ skits are must-watch as he distances himself from the silliness of his 12:35 AM peer, James Corden. It is interesting to think what type of dominant pairing Colbert and Meyers would form if they were on the same station, rather than forcing viewers to flip to a competitor during the change-over.

Celebrities Plead with Electoral College to Change Vote

Prior to the 2016 presidential election, many celebrities across the country showed significant support for Hillary Clinton. At the same time, many were very vocal of their lack of support for eventual winner Donald Trump. While Trump ended up winning the election by beating Clinton in the amount of electoral votes, the Electoral College is still set to meet on December 19 to cast their final and official votes.

 

While the Electoral College has historically voted along with the results of their individual states, they do have the ability to vote against their state’s decision. While this has practically never happened in the past, recent news articles (http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-38340115) point out that many of the same celebrities are pleading that the Electoral College voters go against their state’s wishes and change their vote.

 

Some of the most vocal celebrities have included Moby, Martin Sheen, and Debra Messing. They have continued to request that the Electoral College voters change their votes and choose to side with Hillary Clinton. While this has never happened in the past and Trump won the electoral vote by a sizable margin, it would likely only take two or three states to make a difference.

 

If an Electoral College voter does decide to change their vote, it will be a significant risk for their political careers as it would be a direct violation of their state’s trust. Furthermore, some states have tough legislative processes that would make it difficult for a voter to change the result set forth.

 

Jimmy Kimmel Live! Going Bananas Over President Trump And The Hatchimals

You could say, that late night TV host Jimmy Kimmel is knocking his shows out of the ballpark this week. He’s on fire, and this time zeroing in on the hot Christmas toy, the Hatchimal and of course, the country’s new President Donald Trump.

 

There is actually a class action-lawsuit against the Hatchimals maker, because some parents claim these toys are not hatching as advertised. The $80 Hatchimal is the fuzzy interactive toy that hatches out of an egg. Apparently, angry moms and dads believe an unhatched Hatchimal is terrible for a young child, causing frustration, tears and disappointment.

 

Parents claim their kids followed the instructions included in the packaging in attempts to hatch the toy but to no avail. The creatures remain in their eggs, unhatched.

 

Jimmy Kimmel poked fun at the toy, creating a spoof, The Disappointamals. Watch the hilarious sketch here on YouTube.

 

Jimmy Kimmel also nailed President Trump in this too funny spoof trailer, as seen here on YouTube. The trailer has fun with the number one movie in America, The Split. The flick is about a kidnapper with multiple personalities. Except in Jimmy Kimmel’s Split 2, a sequel to the movie, he features President Trump in the lead role.

 

In the real movie thriller, The Split, actor James McAvoy plays the role of a man with 23 personalities. In Jimmy Kimmel’s trailer, Trump also has 23 personalities. The funny bit is less than 2 minutes long but knee-slapping and a must-see.

 

 

 

Kimmel’s Fred And Barney Cartoon of Trump/Bush Locker Room Convo Still Funny

If you’re too young to even remember the beloved American cartoon “The Flintstones,” that’s really alright. The history is not important; all you have to do is watch the new version.

 

Late night television host Jimmy Kimmel put together one of his hilarious, classic Kimmel Kartoons, featuring Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and entertainment personality Billy Bush. The spot is extremely funny and more so every time you re-watch it.

 

The Washington Post had recently released a behind-the-scenes video of the two men having a lewd conversation off-mic on the Access Hollywood bus in 2005. Trump had told Bush on tape that he had tried to have sex with the show’s married host Nancy O’Dell. He took her furniture shopping and tried to unsuccessfully make the moves on O’Dell. Trump also told Bush that when you’re famous and Donald Trump, you can grab women by their ladies’ parts. Billy Bush couldn’t control his laughter.

 

Jimmy Kimmel created his own version, taking the audio from what Trump told Bush on the Access Hollywood bus. Kimmel and crew then cleverly paired it with video from the Flintstones. It’s priceless, with Trump as Fred Flintstone and Billy Bush as Barney Rubble in the town of Bedrock.

 

The 30-second bit keeps growing in popularity. It’s now on YouTube, where almost 129,000 viewers have tuned in and can’t stop laughing.

 

Donald Trump has not made a comment about the Kimmel Kartoon and Billy Bush just lost his job at the Today Show.

 

 

 

President Obama Used Late Night TV to His Advantage

President Barack Obama was the first president to realize the power that TV has when it comes to getting people to pay attention to a particular political message. No president before him made any appearances on the late night talk shows. Obama made history when he agreed to appear on Jay Leno’s “The Tonight Show” as a guest. It was the first time that a sitting president had ever been interviewed in this manner on a late night talk show. This groundbreaking moment showed that Obama understood what other presidents before him did not. He would be able to reach millions of people at the same time with his message. He could also appeal to the young people that typically stay up late to watch these talk shows.

 

Obama has been very fair about which shows he will grant his time to. He has also done interviews with Bill Maher, Jimmy Kimmel, Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Fallon, Jon Stewart and David Letterman. Obama’s personality is perfect for the banter that these shows specialize in. He has thrived in these interviews that allow for him to be funny and poke fun at himself and his detractors.

 

Obama was also the first sitting president to use social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter as tools to get the word out about various important events. He has his own personal Twitter account and one strictly for official White House business. There can be no question that all future presidents will follow Obama’s lead and agree to late night TV interviews.

 

Jimmy Kimmel Shoots New Episode of “Lie Witness News” Focusing on Trump’s White House “Plans”

Late night host Jimmy Kimmel sent reporters out on the streets of Los Angeles for a brand new episode of “Lie Witness News.” In this episode, reporters told a bunch of people false news about President-elect Donald Trump’s decoration plans for the White House.

 

First, these reporters asked how people felt about Trump’s “plan” to tear down the White House and build a “bigger, better White House.” The man interviewed by the reporter said that he was totally open to any new change.

 

Later, the crew asked a woman what she felt about a White House food court. This woman thought the idea was ludicrous. However, when she heard Cinnabon might be included in this food court, she said that “Cinnabon is good!”

 

When the reporter told one man about plans Trump had for replacing the White House with a 50-story penthouse building with gold on the outside, the interviewee seemed flabbergasted. Finally, this man said that since the White House is the symbol of our nation, this renovation could only make us appear stronger on the world stage.

 

After answering, the interviewer asked this man where he heard this news report. The man said he thought he heard about it on Twitter.

 

In the end, this reporter got various people to petition Trump for a larger Christmas tree by chanting “bigger tree.” Of course, after chanting these words a few times, the interviewees realized they were really chanting “bigotry.”

 

Every one of these interviewees totally believed the most ridiculous lies about Trump’s plans for White House renovations.

 

 

 

Trump Election Provides Material for Late Night Hosts

It is certainly no secret that American presidential elections are brought up frequently in the monologues of late night talk show hosts. However, the surprising election of Donald Trump has make life a lot easier for all of the hosts of the late night shows to come up with funny material. It helps that all of these hosts were against Trump being elected. Therefore, that have absolutely no qualms about going after Trump with some rather vicious jokes. Conan O’Brien questioned whether free and open elections were a good thing in light of Trump’s election. It was interesting because it did not seem like Conan was really joking.

There is no question that the late night host who took Trumps election the hardest was Stephen Colbert. He did three live shows the week of the election. He also did a special live broadcast on the night of the election. He seemed genuinely distraught as the results of the election slowly came in from around the country. Viewers could easily see it was hard for him to continue with all of the prearranged comedy bits because he clearly thought Clinton was going to win.

Seth Myers turned his first post-election monologue into a direct plea to the future president. He basically said that Trump made many promises during his campaign and he better follow through on them because all of us will be watching him closely. There can be no doubt that a Trump presidency will have the writers of the late night shows working overtime.

Kimmel’s Fred And Barney Cartoon of Trump/Bush Locker Room Convo Still Funny

If you’re too young to even remember the beloved American cartoon “The Flintstones,” that’s really alright. The history is not important; all you have to do is watch the new version.

 

Late night television host Jimmy Kimmel put together one of his hilarious, classic Kimmel Kartoons, featuring Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and entertainment personality Billy Bush. The spot is extremely funny and more so every time you re-watch it.

 

The Washington Post had recently released a behind-the-scenes video of the two men having a lewd conversation off-mic on the Access Hollywood bus in 2005. Trump had told Bush on tape that he had tried to have sex with the show’s married host Nancy O’Dell. He took her furniture shopping and tried to unsuccessfully make the moves on O’Dell. Trump also told Bush that when you’re famous and Donald Trump, you can grab women by their ladies’ parts. Billy Bush couldn’t control his laughter.

 

Jimmy Kimmel created his own version, taking the audio from what Trump told Bush on the Access Hollywood bus. Kimmel and crew then cleverly paired it with video from the Flintstones. It’s priceless, with Trump as Fred Flintstone and Billy Bush as Barney Rubble in the town of Bedrock.

 

The 30-second bit keeps growing in popularity. It’s now on YouTube, where almost 129,000 viewers have tuned in and can’t stop laughing.

 

Donald Trump has not made a comment about the Kimmel Kartoon and Billy Bush just lost his job at the Today Show.

 

 

Jimmy Fallon Loses Round Of “Would You Rather” To Kevin Hart And Really Eats A Cricket

We suppose if he were on an episode of “Survivor,” he might just have to do that, considering the food choices might not be plentiful.

 

However, Jimmy Fallon took one for the team, and he wasn’t marooned on some island far, far away. “The Tonight Show” host was at the famous NBC Studio 6-B in the Comcast Building at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York City. It was there, that the charming late night TV host cringed and threw a live cricket into his mouth and ate it.

 

Fallon’s hilarious guest was the very funny Kevin Hart, and they decided to play a game of “Would You Rather.” A game show host suggests to the players random scenarios. Then, Fallon and Hart would guess which ones the audience would rather chose. They have been polled ahead of time.

 

For example, Would you rather have a clone of yourself or a dog that could talk?

 

Kevin Hart answered the question correctly, saying that the audience would rather have a dog that could talk.

 

Jimmy Fallon lost the game, so he had to go the the loser’s table. He could choose his punishment, and both were nasty things. Fallon could select to hold a large handful of worms for 10 seconds or eat a cricket. He chose the latter.

 

The audience went wild, but Hart wouldn’t join him for the insect snack. Jimmy Fallon really chewed it, winced and then swallowed the cricket, showing his tongue afterward to the howling audience.

Trump Tape Provides Material for Late Night Hosts

There can be no question that Donald Trump’s presidential candidacy has been a gold mine for all of the late night talk show hosts. Trump’s wild statements have constantly provided these comedians with an endless source of material. Rarely a day goes by when the late night talk shows do not make a reference to Trump or play a clip of him making a speech. This has proven to be very good for ratings. All of the late night shows also post all of their clips online. The videos containing jokes making fun of Trump always get very large numbers of views.

 

The biggest bombshell of the Trump campaign came when a video of Trump taken in 2005 showed him making controversial statements about women. Needless to say, this was a dream come true for the late night hosts and all of their writers. They wasted no time writing jokes that ripped Trump for the comments that he made. Most of the shows spent the entire week using the Trump tape as a source for countless bits and monologue jokes.

 

The beating that Trump has taken at the hands of the late night hosts has led Trump to proclaim that these jokes are all part of a scheme by the media to fix the election. It does not appear that jokes about the 2005 Trump tape are going to be stopping any time soon. The late night shows know a good thing when they see it. The Trump video is a gift that keeps on giving to late night hosts.