Each week, I will be compiling a list of late-night comedy-related articles and video recommendations.
- An article in the LA Times begged the question, “Can Stephen Colbert get his ‘Late Night’ groove back?”
In the high school cafeteria of late night, “The Late Show” is the table with the Model UN kids; “The Tonight Show” and “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” are the jocks.”
- In an article in Variety, Seth Meyers rated presidential candidates’ guest appearances on “Late Night.”
“The best guests are the ones who see [the show] as a break from the monotony of the campaign. And the worst guests are the ones who use it as another chapter in the monotony of the campaign — who say, ‘I will say the same things here I say everywhere else, and hopefully we will reach a different audience.’ ”
- Variety also reported that former SNL cast member Will Ferrell, known for his political impressions, will play Ronald Reagan in a new satirical biopic.
- According to Tech Times, NBC announced that it will cutting down about 30 percent of ads for “SNL,” which will allowfor around 30 more minutes of original content.
- Lin-Manuel Miranda joined John Oliver for a segment about Puerto Rico’s debt crisis, which culminated in an incredible musical number.
- On “The Daily Show,” Roy Wood Jr.’s Black Trump character returned, this time singing a rap composed of verbatim Donald Trump quotes. Also, Key and Peele guest-starred in a segment about voting rights for preciously incarcerated citizens, and Hasan Minaj talked to Sikhs about how Islamophobia is affecting their population.
- Seth Meyers had a week full of ‘A Closer Look’ segments, which tackled anti-trans bathroom bills, Northeast primary results, Trump and Hillary’s potential running mates, and Trump’s comments about reinventing his persona.
- Stephen Colbert poked fun at Ted Cruz’s announcement of a running mate, and speculated about the implications of Trump’s victory in the Northeast primaries.
- Samantha Bee bashed ‘fragile white men’ who reacted in hysterics over the decision to feature Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill.