Best of Late Night: ‘The President Show’ Puts Trump in the Host’s Chair

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The Trump impersonator Anthony Atamanuik debuted his new weekly show on Thursday. Credit Comedy Central

Welcome to Best of Late Night, a rundown that lets you sleep — and lets us get paid to watch comedy. What do you think of it? What else are you interested in? Let us know:

Live From the Oval Office

Comedy Central unveiled “The President Show” on Thursday, with the impersonator Anthony Atamanuik taking not-so-subtle jabs at President Trump from various angles.

Physically, the resemblance was uncanniest when Mr. Atamanuik was strolling around New York City, waving to crowds and shoveling down food.

Hee broke character just once, in an interview with Keith Olbermann, slipping into a potent analysis of horse-race politics and the enabling role of the media, before quickly switching back. “I’m just imitating you,” he told Mr. Olbermann.

A segment called “Nice! Not Nice!” played off Mr. Trump’s way of dividing the world into friends and enemies.

Video by Comedy Central

Mr. Atamanuik closed the show with a take on Mr. Trump’s “America First” slogan, clarifying that it should really be read without some of its letters.

“A ‘me first’ country gets a ‘me first’ president: me! I’ve ruined everything I’ve ever touched — companies, cities, marriages, toilets. I will use this office to enrich myself and my weirdo family, then tweet us into a war with Hawaii. I have the power to destroy any country on earth. But I promise you, it’ll be America First.” — ‘DONALD TRUMP,’ as portrayed by Anthony Atamanuik

Trevor Noah: Obama’s Pockets Aren’t the Problem

Video by The Daily Show With Trevor Noah

Some people took issue with the news that former President Barack Obama would accept $400,000 to speak at a conference run by a Wall Street firm. But Trevor Noah took issue with them.

“So the first black president must also be the first one to not take money afterwards? No, no, no, my friends. He can’t be the first of everything.” — TREVOR NOAH

Over on “The Late Show,” Stephen Colbert didn’t seem to have a problem with the speech either.

“Hillary wasn’t able to continue Obama’s legacy — but at least Obama was able to continue hers.” — STEPHEN COLBERT

The Punchiest Punchlines (‘Art of the Deal’ Edition)

Video by The Late Show With Stephen Colbert

“Today was Take Your Child to Work Day. ‘Way ahead of you,’ said this guy.” — SETH MEYERS, showing a picture of President Trump and his daughter, Ivanka Trump

“When he was running, his message was, ‘I’ll get the job done. I am the negotiator. I wrote “The Art of the Deal.”’ And I agree with that art part. I mean, it’s like modern art: When I look at his presidency I think, ‘My 5-year-old could do that.’” — STEPHEN COLBERT

The Bits Worth Watching

Late shows sometimes do pretty blatant product-placement sketches. Conan O’Brien has been among the most shameless — but also the best at it.

Video by Team Coco

Not cool, Kurt Russell.

Video by The Late Late Show With James Corden

Enjoy the Weekend

Jimmy Kimmel, who’s been on break, will be back next week. So will we. Have a great weekend, and check back for more on Tuesday.

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