President Donald Trump’s State of the Union provided late night television hosts with plenty of fodder for their comedic routines. Late night heavy hitters Seth Meyers, Jimmy Kimmel and more took the address and ran with it. Stephen Colbert even went out of his way to rewrite the State of the Union address and conjure himself into an extreme version of President Trump. A full video is available at the Huffington Post
Colbert pulled all the punches, most were a rodeo he has attended before but were none the less entertaining. He tackled broad jokes about the handling of Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria and their lack of electricity, the interesting and climactic state of the Trump’s marriage, he even spent some time focusing on president Trump’s fascination with the good old American flag.
Colbert portrayed President Trump as on the brink of divorce, flirting with becoming imprisoned, a grunt to Putin, and oh his love of golf! It may not be necessarily accurate, but it was certainly an entertaining cartoonish version of President Trump, one similar to the person his actual Twitter account conjures. After his faux State of the Union, Colbert went on to interview guests Jon Favreay, Tommy Veitor and Jon Lovett who were all asked to weigh in on President Trump’s speech. All remained fairly aloof and the basic takeaway was the speech was very boring.
Kimmel did his own bit and managed to throw in a few references in his monologue to things President Trump stated. Kimmel chose to roll old footage poking fun at President Trump’s vows that he doesn’t believe in teleprompters, then clearly using a teleprompter for his address. He poked fun at President Trumps demeanor, falsely referring to him as the most stable person in the history of the world.
While all the late night television hosts had some fun with President Trump’s State of the Union, some were far better than others. Colbert and Kimmel both went further and more entertaining than some others, and shed some light to some of the issues they believed were important in the process.
Gwendolyn Christie appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert for the first time on December 4. The British actress, best known for her role as Brienne of Tarth on HBO’s Game of Thrones, came on the late night show to discuss her role in the new film Star Wars: The Last Jedi. During the course of her conversation with the late night host, Christie revealed that her role as Captain Phasma was originally intended to be much smaller. However, J.J. Abrams enjoyed her character so much, he opted to expand the role. Christie discussed her appreciation for the character of Captain Phasma, stating that the character’s full body armor is a deliberate attempt to draw the audience’s focus away from her appearance and level of attractiveness. She acknowledged that her affinity for the role of Captain Phasma is largely based on the opportunity to hide her face and body inside concealing armor. Unlike Brienne in Game of Thrones, who is often mocked for her looks, Captain Phasma is completely hidden beneath her chromium-polished armor.
Christie declined to offer the audience any spoilers for The Last Jedi, but revealed that the mysterious Captain Phasma has a dark past. She also discussed her early life as a child growing up in the country and her preference for city life. Colbert asked Christie about her dramatic training in London, and she confessed that the stagework she undertook at Drama Centre London dampened her love of wearing designer clothes.
Most late night talk shows have earned ratings spikes for continuously launching jabs at President Donald Trump. In fact, only one late night talk host as avoided the topic altogether and that may be just why Jimmy Fallon is bombing with his duties as host of The Tonight Show. As ratings continue to drop, it seems Fallon is dropping the ball, as far as giving viewers what they want from their late night entertainment.
Where are The Tonight Show’s Viewers Going?
A glimpse at the recent ratings numbers doesn’t just show that Jimmy Fallon is losing viewers, but also indicates where those audiences are migrating. It seems Stephen Colbert is drawing Fallon’s viewership to his late night talk program, The Late Show, and that may have something to do with Colbert’s own rhetoric. While Jimmy won’t bash the U.S. president on his show, Colbert doesn’t hesitate to poke fun at Mr. Trump.
The strategy must be working, because The Late Show has maintained the number one spot in the ratings game, since Donald Trump won the election. Additionally, Colbert’s ratings continue to rise.
As for The Tonight Show, audience numbers have dropped by 21% since September, suggesting Jimmy’s hands-off policy on President Trump jokes is failing. In promoting the show, NBC continues to boast that The Tonight Show remains to be the first choice for viewers aged 18 to 49, but it may not be long before even that claim can no longer be asserted. If Jimmy Fallon can’t pull ratings back up, even if that means resorting to presidential parodies, it may not be long before The Tonight Show drops to dead last.
When Jimmy Fallon first took the reins at his late-night TV show, it definitely seemed as if he held a monopoly on young viewers. Indeed, writers for other late-night hosts lamented his popularity and complained about his “prom king” brand of humor. His partnership with The Roots band and innate musicality, however, won loyal viewers every night. This, however, is no longer the case. Within the past few days, it has become abundantly clear that Fallon’s show is hemorrhaging viewers. In fact, industry insiders seem to think that Jimmy Kimmel may possess the power to overtake Fallon in next year’s rating. For those who witnessed Fallon’s meteoric rise, this is very surprising news. And some are speculating that Fallon’s seemingly cozy relationship with Donald Trump may be why.
It was a segment to remember. In the midst of Donald Trump’s bombastic presidential campaign, he stopped by Fallon’s show. During the interview, Fallon reached over to ruffle Trump’s hair. And it is this moment that many Fallon critics tag as the moment when the late night host’s behavior crossed over into normalizing Trump’s rhetoric. For many Fallon fans, it was difficult to separate the intense political situation from his show. When Fallon went on record to claim that he wasn’t political at all, somehow his pleas fell on deaf ears and his show’s ratings continued to drop.
Although President Obama hasn’t spent much time in the spotlight recently, he did make time to appear on Jimmy Kimmel’s late night television show. Of course, this wasn’t just any show; it was Kimmel’s third year of hosting a benefit to help those struggling with HIV/AIDS. This RED fundraiser not only contained a message from the 44th president, but it also boasted several segments that promoted products related to the RED line. If consumers purchase these products, then the proceeds go to programs that assist people who are struggling with these diseases.
Although the subject matter was very intense, Obama managed to make his delivery of the message extremely palatable and easy to digest. The segment seemed to be surprise, as the audience reacted with cheers as soon as they saw the former president pop up on the screen. Cheekily, Kimmel referred to the next guest as an “unemployed” gentleman. After making a jab about Twitter feeds, Obama went on to share some surprisingly uplifting statistics. With death rates being slashed by lifesaving medication and with more than 50 percent of people who suffer from the disease taking the right drugs to keep the negative effects at bay, it would appear that the advocacy is working. Obama used his finely tuned sensibilities to speak to the audience in a way they would prefer, driving his points home while wishing everyone a happy holiday. Indeed, it was one of Kimmel’s merriest shows in recent memory.
On Tuesday night’s Jimmy Kimmel Live, the legendary singer channelled the late great Frank Sinatra by performing “One for My Baby”, with some help from Coldplay’s Chris Martin and actor Sean Penn.
On an episode devoted to raising money and awareness for Bono’s AIDS organization (Red), Bono sang the 1943 classic in an in-studio bar, to a partially hidden bartender, who surprises the audience when he turns out to be Sean Penn.
The performance began in black and white, with the exception of a single red martini glasse. but it turned to color upon the end of the second chorus. It is then that the camera revealed that the piano player is Chris Marin. Martin afterward sang the next verse before Bono returned to finish the song.
This is not the first time Bono has been involved in a Sinatra project. Back in 1995 for the album Duets, he sang with the famous crooner on a rendition of “I’ve Got You Under My Skin.”
Bono also sat down for an interview with Kimmel later in the show, and the two discussed Bono’s efforts in combating AIDS in Africa. (Red) so far has provided medicine to more than 20 million people around the continent.
This was the third annual show to benefit (Red), and it included a videotaped message from former President Barack Obama.
Just a year ago, The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon was dominating the late-night television landscape. Fallon’s fun-loving, game-playing persona meshed with people looking for an escape from real life. Viewers, especially in the youngest demographic of 18-to-49-years-old, enjoyed watching the most famous celebrities acting silly and having fun for their benefit. Once the Trump election and presidency took over, though, that has not been the case.
CBS’ Stephen Colbert used his political satire and biting comedy to give the public what it was looking for in this new environment. He continually cut into Fallon’s ratings lead month after month before ultimately overtaking the NBC man. Now, in the fall of 2017, Colbert is dominating late night, and Fallon is at risk of falling to third place behind ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel.
Kimmel takes after Colbert with his political commentary and desire to address head-on the issues of the day. He has no fear going after Trump or politics, and viewer data continues to prove that’s what the television public wants.
Colbert has burst past Fallon and is now averaging 3.7 million viewers per night during November. Fallon and Kimmel sit far behind, averaging 2.6 million and 2.4 million viewers respectively per night. Fans of the NBC funny man point out that he still holds the overall lead in the main advertising demographic (18-to-49), but that lead is consistently slipping away as well. In addition, none of these shows skew very young. Fallon’s average viewer age is 56 years old. Late night is not a young man’s game.
With some comedians, their talent comes out of thin air. With Seth Meyers, it is very obvious that he hails from a funny family. Recently, Seth’s parents and brother sat down to chat with him on his TV show. Somehow, the fantastic foursome got around to telling a tale about Josh’s pet rabbit from when he was little. Named Petey, the rabbit was a big part of Josh’s life. Unfortunately, one day, Petey was discovered in a state of “rigor mortis,” as the senior Mr. Meyers explained it, hilariously imitating the doomed rabbit’s position. However, it was what happened next that makes this a classic Meyers family story.
In fact, it turns out that everyone in the Meyers family is uncomfortable around dead things—everyone, that is, aside from Seth. The nine-year-old was promptly tasked with the responsibility of burying Petey. During a freezing cold New England winter day, he went outside and created a funeral for the pet. Not only did he put down a headstone for her to soothe his grieving brother, but he also informed the family that the rabbit’s body had been placed in an area that would not be walked over by others. However, as he revealed on his show, there were certain inaccuracies about the rabbit funeral that would only come to light during a family dinner just a few years ago.
Stephen Colbert, host of “The Late Show,” has had the Trump Administration firmly in his crosshairs since Donald Trump took office. He recently too Chief of Staff John Kelly to task over Kelly’s interpretation of the causes of the Civil War.
Kelly recently stated that the Civil War was caused by a “lack of an ability to compromise.” The late-night host shot back and stated that the Civil War happened precisely because of compromise. It was the non-slaveholding North that compromised with the South. He also took one more jab asking, “What do you think caused World War II, a zoning issue?”
Colbert also blasted Kelly for saying that we cannot “take what is today accepted as right and wrong” and apply it to events that happened hundreds of years ago. “Nope, sorry,” Colbert said. “A lot of people thought slavery was wrong back then. For example, I’m gonna go out on a limb here, black people.”
The host went on to say that maybe Kelly knew better but was just being “willfully ignorant” because he has to constantly defend “the positions of an idiot,” referring, of course, to President Trump.
Kelly’s statement is just the latest in a long line incredulous comments coming out of the Trump White House. This all started when then Press Secretary Sean Spicer stated that Trump’s inauguration crowd was “ the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration, period, both in person and around the globe.”
The late-night talk show wars are as hot as ever, and Jimmy Kimmel may be taking the reins as the best Jimmy. After airing a set of shows in Brooklyn, Jimmy Kimmel Live took things to the next level on Halloween.
For the monologue Tuesday night, Foo Fighters front man Dave Grohl came out dressed as David Letterman. Grohl stood in for Kimmel as guest host for the entire show, remaining in disguise. He told the opening jokes, interviewed the guests, and remained as musical guest, along with Alice Cooper and the rest of the Foo Fighters.
The show continued the Halloween spirit with a spooky close, but the headliner was Grohl’s Letterman outfit. Letterman had been making the late-night rounds in recent weeks, both physically and audibly. He personally visited Kimmel’s show and was the main talking point of Conan O’Brien’s visit to Stephen Colbert’s show days before. Letterman will soon be back in everyone’s life more consistently, as he has a Netflix talk show coming soon.
Kimmel is often a forgotten late night host, even though he has developed into one of the best. He has ventured into the political spectrum this year, while continuing to be silly. He is perhaps the best of both worlds between Colbert and Jimmy Fallon, which would explain Kimmel’s recent popularity boom. It doesn’t hurt that he continues to host all the major award ceremonies televised on ABC. Next up for Kimmel are the 2018 Oscars in just a few months.