Yes, tonight the best minds of our generation were destroyed by madness, hungering, hysterical, naked, and walking in the streets at dawn looking for the muted button.” Kimmel also mentioned Trump’s recent scandal involving the tax return. They flipped a coin to determine who would get the first question, but when Trump saw the quarter in the air, he said: ‘Hey, that’s how much I owed in tax dollars last year’and it went downhill from there
The debate on Tuesday night may have looked more like a disaster film than a comedy, but the late night host picked it up their best shot anyway.
You have gotta find your happiness where you can,” as Stephen Colbert aptly put it…
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Almost like the rest of us, the funny men were in disbelief over the mess that was the first presidential debate between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden. They managed to laugh out at some of the most egregious moments of the night. (We imagine it was difficult to select just a few for a monologue.)
Moderator Chris Wallace, whom Colbert called a “hollow-husk” was an easy target. Jimmy Kimmel joked that Trump treated the Fox News character like Eric wanted more allowance money, while Jimmy Fallon stated:
“Before the debate, Chris Wallace said that if he does his job correctly it will be like he’s not there. The mission is done.”
Trevor Noah said on the Daily Show
Richard Wallace – Thanks Chris Wallace for your service – i hope you have a lot of money for your therapy – You made a valiant effort but were not prepared for this because no human being could have been prepared for that. They don’t need a commentator for this thing ; they need a UFC ref. Dana White : Get on the line!
He wasn’t the only one who compared the crosstalk and low-cuts to a bloody sporting event. Kimmel called the debate a wrestling match of Sleazy vs. Sleepy’ while Colbert opened his show with a rousing ” Get ready for democracy to CRUUUUMBLE!
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A highlight of the evening was when a frustrated Biden told president to “Shut Up” — a moment that some late night hostess delighted. Fallon did not mention that, after that, Biden received a standing ovation from Melania, while Colbert laughed:
«Imagine if that worked! It is not great when you have to say the same to the President of the United States that you would shout at a friend who will never stop ranting about how Van Halen was actually a better band with Sammy Hagar.
Jimmy Fallon The Tonight Show – Come Dancing with Jimmy Fallon
When he opened with :
What the hell was that? Was that a debate? I am so… what was it? So stressed at moment I. I have a kink in my back. It felt as though I was sleeping on an air mattress. … really, did anyone take anything from tonight? Was this useful to any American? The only person who appreciated it was Vladimir Putin as he snatched a cat. Sitting through that debate felt as if I would get a COVID test in both nostrils at once.”
The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
With his lofty assessment of the debate, the former Colbert Report host went – in surprising way – literary. He grew poetic:
: “I come to you tonight, my precious and nobles men, an empty vessel. A man with a mind washed clean. Yes, tonight saw the best minds of our generation ruined by madness, hungering, hysterical, naked, and wandering in the streets at dawn looking for the muted button.”
Kimmel also mentioned Trump’s recent scandal with the tax return
They flipped a coin to determine who would get the first question, but when Trump saw the quarter in the air, he said: ‘Hey, that’s how much I owed in tax dollars last year,’ and it went downhill from there. It was a terrible debate. It would be called a nightmare but at least you get some sleep during a nightmare.”
Trevor Noah, The Daily Show
Noah joked about a harried pop culture reference:
In order to shut up Trump. Right now he is still in his bedroom blaming how ‘Crooked Hillary’ rigged the election he won. … Trump did more in a room filled with Taylor Swifts than Kanye West interrupting the session.“
Tonight Late Night With Seth Meyers
Seth Meyers may have missed the debate, but he is still one of the best when it comes to politics comedy. And as he put it, he said :
“We taped late so I’m not sure what happened but even if we did it, I’m sure I’d still feel this way.”
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