Best of Late Night: Colbert Says Comey Firing Shows Trump’s Disregard for Appearances

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“The Department of Justice is now the Department of Justification,” Stephen Colbert said. Credit CBS

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:

‘The Department of Justification’

Stephen Colbert said that President Trump’s firing of James Comey as F.B.I. director seemed so blatantly political that it showed that the president did not care about keeping up appearances.

“We have apparently elected a president who truly does not care what anything looks like. Which is surprising for a guy whose actual face we’ve never seen.” — STEPHEN COLBERT

“The word is, Trump has been planning to fire Comey for at least a week, right? And he evidently asked Attorney General Jeff Sessions to come up with reasons to fire him. So that’s why the Department of Justice is now the Department of Justification.” — STEPHEN COLBERT

Video by The Late Show With Stephen Colbert

The news of Mr. Comey’s firing was all over the late-night shows on Wednesday. Jimmy Kimmel had this to say:

“He fired the guy who is investigating him. You know when we said Trump should act more presidential? We probably should have specified we didn’t mean Nixon.” — JIMMY KIMMEL

‘We’ve Been Growing Apart. You’re Fired.’

Video by The Daily Show With Trevor Noah

On “The Daily Show,” Trevor Noah said Mr. Trump’s firing of Mr. Comey seemed like the work of a paranoid, cheating lover.

“Trump fired Comey just as Comey was starting to actively investigate Trump’s people, which you’ve got to admit makes Trump look hella suspicious. Right? That’s like breaking up with your girlfriend — right after she asks if she can look at your phone. ‘Hey, honey, can I see your phone?’ ‘Uh, I don’t think we should be together anymore.’ ‘What? What are you talking about? I just wanted to see your phone.’ ‘Yeah, it’s a normal phone. We’ve been growing apart. You’re fired.’” — TREVOR NOAH

The Punchiest Punchlines (Most Interesting Man Edition)

Video by Jimmy Kimmel Live!

“While all this nonsense is going on in Washington, President Obama is in Italy sporting a very casual new look. It’s the ‘I do not give a flying you know what about anything’ look. He hasn’t been buttoning his shirt lately. I think he’s auditioning to be the new Dos Equis spokesman. He seems to be enjoying his time away from the White House almost as much as Donald Trump is hating his time in it.” — JIMMY KIMMEL

“President Vladimir Putin said today that Russia had nothing to do with the firing of F.B.I. director James Comey. And you can tell — because Comey’s alive.” — SETH MEYERS

The Bits Worth Watching

Jimmy Kimmel’s staffers celebrated Mother’s Day by reading aloud the most embarrassing texts from their moms. That’s tough love.

Video by Jimmy Kimmel Live!

“You gotta have a nickname. How about Rootin’ Tootin’ Putin?”

Video by Team Coco

What We’re Excited About on Thursday Night

Aziz Ansari had good rapport with Jimmy Fallon on Tuesday night when he appeared on “The Tonight Show” in support of Season 2 of “Master of None,” his hit Netflix series. On Thursday he’ll talk to Seth Meyers on “Late Night.”

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