There are so many hot takes on the 2016 Presidential election. Take your pick. You can read about polling data, demographics, and/or a million other excuses for why every expert got this thing wrong. But if you want a little sugar with your medicine, you can turn to late night TV hosts.
The election ends tomorrow, which means that late night TV is about to get a whole lot more boring (unless of course you're really in watching Channing Tatum play Twister — in which case, it’s about to become a whole lot more exciting). But that doesn’t mean we can’t have one final, hardy guffaw at the moments that defined these truly terrible and awful eight months.
Saturday Night Live closed out the election season with an awe-inspiring final debate between Kate McKinnon's Hillary Clinton and Alec Baldwin's Donald Trump, but what of the other great moments of this election cycle, the sketches and segments that kept up sane this past year?
From Jon Oliver’s blistering new nickname for Donald Trump to SNL's instant-classic “Black Jeopardy,” Wired has catalogued the best late night TV comedy of the year. Fall in love all over again with Jon Stewart popping in on Colbert and Jimmy Fallon tussling Donald Trump’s hair. We won’t believe it happened when it’s over, so revel in it all today. Check out Wired’s timeline of the sketches that defined the election here.
And to that we say, so long, Election 2016, you brought out the worst in all of us, and we’re happy to see you go.
Election Day is a week away, which means that our long-national nightmare, i.e. this election, is almost over. That also means that we have about three months left of the Obama Presidency.
In one of her famed Presidential exit interviews, a tradition since 2016, Samantha Bee, the host of Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, sat down with the President. The two covered a lot of ground in this short interview, discussing the election, Obama's Halloween costume, voting, and what he'll be doing after he leaves office.
However, we are a little concerned about one part of the interview, when Obama said, "I would hope that you'd be willing to take about the same amount of time you spend looking through cat videos on your phone to make sure the democracy's working."
Please don't take that as invitation to stop looking at cat videos on your phone altogether. We'll still be here when you get back from checking in on the democracy next week.
And now back to your regularly scheduled cat video:
Are you lonely? Do you feel like everyone's always swiping left? Why not take some dating advice from the one who knocks?
Appearing on The Graham Norton Show, Breaking Bad's Bryan Cranston revealed his secret past as the director of dating profile videos. Before Tinder, OkCupid, and Match.com, single people would record a short video of themselves as an introduction. Prospective daters would then watch and effectively swipe right or left on the person. Cranston's job, as he tells Norton, was to get these daters to loosen up a bit.
In this clip, Cranston gives the tricks of the trade and even takes a stab at a video intro of his own with a little help from Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them's Eddie Redmayne and Dr. Strange's Benedict Cumberbatch.
After launching his new show with a bevy of jokes on Donald Trump, Stephen Colbert decided it would be a nice idea to invite the GOP front running candidate for the presidency on The Late Show.
So, Sept. 22, it happened.
It certainly wasn't the best interview Colbert has had on his show so far, that honor goes to the the emotional chat with Vice President Joe Biden. But still it was a civilized conversation in which Trump still would not say whether President Obama was born in America.
To be fair, Vanity Fair did mention the lack of gender diversity in their story:
What's conspicuously missing from late-night, still, is women. How gobsmackingly insane is it that no TV network has had the common sense—and that's all we're talking about in 2015, not courage, bravery, or even decency—to hand over the reins of an existing late-night comedy program to a female person?
And they did mention comedienne Samantha Bee's upcoming TBS late night talk show. She, however, decided to respond directly to the tweet, imagining herself in the picture with the rest of her peers.