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Conan O’Brien and Vicente Fox: A Comedy Dream Team

Conan O’Brien’s show took its act on the road recently, and the resulting Conan Without Borders: Made in Mexico episodes have had everyone talking. Especially considering the recent political climate, it has been interesting to see America’s favorite late-night redhead bonding with friends across the border. In one of his most talked-about segments from south of the border, O’Brien interviewed former Mexican president Vicente Fox.

Right off the bat, it immediately became clear that this would be no standard interview. Vicente Fox presented Conan O’Brien with a pair of beautiful leather cowboy boots with a humorous epithet etched into them. From then, the two went on to talk about Fox’s well-known Twitter war with President Donald J. Trump. While O’Brien joked that he probably wouldn’t be allowed back into the United States, Fox went on to praise all of the many ways in which the Mexican people have been an asset to the United States.

As the audience cheered him on, Fox compared the relationship between the U.S. and Mexico to that of roommates. He also made claims that undocumented Mexican workers had worked for both the Bush family and the Trumps. When Fox joked about how white O’Brien looked, O’Brien made a humorous quip about how he had starred in a telenovela.

All in all, O’Brien’s trip down to Mexico seems to have been exceptionally fortuitous. Not only do the Mexican people seem to love him, but he’s also filmed segments with some of their favorite folks—including Gio Dos Santos. During Fox’s visit to the show, O’Brien also mentioned that it is impossible to walk around Los Angeles without noticing all of the wonderful cultural contributions that have been made by Mexicans.

Once again, some of the “guy/gal on the street segments” proved to be comedy gold for O’Brien. Also, it should be noted that O’Brien accomplished an outstanding, incredible feat when he performed his opening monologue entirely in Spanish. It’s difficult to think of any other late-night hosts who could have taken on this tremendous task, and O’Brien was able to come through the entire experience with flying colors.

Late Night Television Ratings Skyrocket Thanks to Trump

The landscape of American late night television is enjoying the Trump administration, at least from a ratings point of view. Thanks to the rhetoric, gaffes and surrealism of the White House under President Trump, the late night hosts who are more in tune with political affairs are seeing their ratings soar.

Stephen Colbert, the successor to David Letterman on the Late Show, is the current leader of the late night race. For months, Colbert struggled to surpass The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon; ever since Trump was controversially elected, however, the former Comedy Central star has been shining thanks to his incisive and extremely funny political analysis.

When Colbert was still at Comedy Central, he incessantly made fun of the conservative and right-wing movements in the United States. Members of the Republican party were not very happy with Colbert’s comedy, but television viewers loved it. Now that he has moved to a national network, Colbert has been on a roll with regard to making fun of the current administration.

Even Comedy Central’s The Daily Show, which has always been political and silly, is enjoying excellent ratings thanks to the Trump political machine, which is being portrayed as being highly dysfunctional. On HBO, John Oliver and Bill Maher are also getting higher ratings; furthermore, Samantha Bee is working wonders with her show on TBS, a network that was never before associated with late night television.

Producers of late night TV shows believe that there is actual anxiety among Americans who believe that things are bound to get worse with Trump as their leader. This anxiety requires the release of tension, which can explain the higher ratings of late night television during the first quarter of 2017.

The consensus by television critics and industry observers is that late night shows will continue to enjoy high ratings as long as Trump remains in office.