Late-night comedians were kept busy throughout the 2016 presidential campaign, with a steady supply of material providing endless opportunities to employ their different types of humor while commenting on the news. With the election over and the holidays behind them, the residents of late-night can now look ahead to the next big news story: the inauguration of Donald Trump.
The president-elect is set to take office on Jan. 20, 2017, and his ceremony is already making headlines, with various protests and marches being planned, as well as numerous celebrities, including Sir Elton John and Garth Brooks, refusing to perform.
As Jan. 20 approaches, here are the late-night comedians viewers can count on for the funniest and most unique takes on the inauguration.
She's angry, and she's not afraid to show it. Bee, one of the first women to host a late-night TV show, hasn't held back at all throughout the campaign, with her team of writers producing cringe-worthy content on the president-elect every week. Immediately after the election, a visibly upset Bee said, "This isn't good for anyone. Our democracy just hoiked up a marmalade hairball with the whole world watching." And that was one of her more mild comments. Never one to let an example of stupidity or hypocrisy slide by without blistering commentary, Bee has offered unique takes on the the news and the people who watch it, as well as some hilarious asides, such as starting the "rumor" that Trump doesn't know how to read. One can only imagine what Bee will have to say about the inauguration itself.
The witty Brit said in 2015 that he "didn't care" about Trump's campaign, because it wasn't 2016 yet. When he did turn his attention to the candidate, it was clear it was worth the wait. From his comedic call to America to "Make Donald Drumpf again" to his more serious statements, calling Trump a "damaged, sociopathic narcissist," to his request that Trump drop out of the election, Oliver has combined hyperbolic humor with admirably in-depth research. And his post-election episode combined tragic sincerity with equally tragic humor to produce cathartic results. Like Full Frontal, Oliver's show airs once a week, giving his team a longer period of time to research and plan their attacks. Given his scathing commentary and willingness to plunge into absurdity, Oliver's response to Trump taking office will be priceless.
A former writer and cast member of Saturday Night Live, Seth Meyers offered a less absurd, more thoughtful take on the campaign, with his "Closer Look" segments providing the same kind of dig-deep research and journalism that Bee and Oliver's have. He offers an unthreatening and even comforting personal response to the news while also acknowledging that there are people who have a lot more to lose than he does. No doubt he will have a great time poking fun at Trump's inauguration, but he'll also work in the facts and statistics that his audience desperately need to hear.
"S" is for "Stephen" and for "sincerity." And "song and dance." Colbert really found his footing on The Late Show throughout the election, and he hasn't eased up, including president-elect Trump in his opening monologues on a regular basis. While Colbert has said he doesn't want people to turn to him for news instead of other sources, his jokes are extremely informative, and his post-election opening was one of the more comforting moments the day after the election. Given the lavish musical numbers he put together for the Republican National Convention as well as the Democratic National Convention, here's hoping he'll have one up his sleeve for the inauguration as well — or, at the very least, a sexy kitten dance routine.
One of the youngest late-night TV hosts on the air, Noah offered what might have been the most mature advice regarding Trump when he said people should treat him like a toddler. "Facts mean nothing to him," he advised, because he has "created his own universe." Originally from South Africa, and a surprising choice to many to replace Jon Stewart when he departed The Daily Show, Noah provides an outsider's — and sometimes innocent — response to American politics. He's never witnessed an inauguration first-hand, let alone reported on it. This should be interesting.