Late Night vs. Donald Trump: 5 Scathing Jokes From Fallon, Colbert & Co.
Here are five times late night talk show hosts went in on Donald, ranked from the most mild to the most scathing.
Ever since Donald Trump became a serious candidate for the 2016 presidential election, late night talk shows have enjoyed plenty of fodder for hilarious routines.Jimmy Fallon managed to have some jokes at his expense while Trump was on his own show; Seth Meyers, on the other hand, went in on some old beef with the Donald. Then there was Josh Groban, who did some very Josh Groban things onJimmy Kimmel Live.
You’ll just have to check out our countdown:
5. Jimmy Fallon Parodies Trump on the “Bottom of the Charts”
Jimmy Fallon is kind of obsessed with our charts, and that certainly helped Fallon land the single “Ew!” on the Billboard Hot 100 in Oct. 2014. A running gag on theTonight Show is his “Bottom of the Charts” section, where his song spoofs often become very, very silly. On the June 24 episode, this routine included a rendition of “The Inspector Gadget Theme Song” by none other than (a skillful imitator of) Donald Trump, which concluded with the Donald saying, “You know that Inspector Gadget is really fantastic.”
4. Josh Groban Sings Trump’s Tweets on Kimmel
On Aug. 17, Josh Groban stopped by Jimmy Kimmel Live to use his “voice of an angel” to sing some of Trump’s Trumpiest tweets. These included, “I have never seen a thin person drinking Diet Coke” and “Sorry losers and haters, but my I.Q. is one of the highest — and you all know it! Please don’t feel so stupid or insecure, it’s not your fault.”
3. Jimmy Fallon Pretends to Be Donald Trump, Interviews Donald Trump
On Sept. 11, Trump made his first late-night appearance as a presidential candidate on the Tonight Show. Trump interviewed “himself,” with Fallon posing as the Republican candidate. The routine was a total hoot, with Fallon nailing Trump’s vocal cadence and riffing on his absurd call for a wall between the U.S. and Mexico.
2. Colbert’s First Late Show Parodies Trump, Because Of Course
“Donald, the Trump, is at it again,” Stephen Colbert said Sept. 8, hosting his first episode of CBS’ Late Show. He was referencing a video about Trump’s comments on Nabisco. “Donald Trump is swearing off of Oreos,” Colbert said tearing an Oreo apart and dumping it in milk and later stuffing his face with Oreos. “That is the only Trump story I’ll be treating myself to tonight — well, maybe just one more,” he joked about Trump’s comments on a border wall between Mexico and the U.S.
1. Seth Meyers Calls Trump a “1950s Bully”
Back in 2011, Seth Meyers hosted the White House Correspondents Dinner, and spent much of his opening monologue goofing on Trump. Trump didn’t take the joke, and held enough of a grudge against the comedian to tweet his disdain when Meyers jumped from SNL to hosting Late Night on NBC.
In an Aug. 2015 episode with guest Anderson Cooper, Meyers went in on Trump. First, he riffed on the frequency with which Trump calls into talk shows without showing his face: “We want to know what Donald Trump is doing when he’s on the phone. Does anyone know?”
Then Meyers did a Trump impression, joking about that time Trump dissed him on Twitter: “He garbles his words. How’d he get a show? The thing he always says about me is that I have marbles in my mouth, which is so great because it’s something a 1950s bully would say.”
And then, the kicker:
“I just keep imagining his wife being like, ‘Honey, get off the Tweeetter,’ ” Cooper said, imitating Trump’s wife, Melania, in a Slovenian accent.
For old times’ sake, here’s that Meyers roast of Trump: