Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand kicked off a post-midterm election media blitz with an appearance on Stephen Colbert‘s Late Show Thursday night, and said she’s giving a presidential run “a long, hard thought of consideration.” Colbert asked the New York Democrat if she was considering running in 2020, noting she has previously said her focus was on the 2018 elections. “What are you concentrating on now?” Colbert asked. “Is there another election you might be concentrating on, senator… for now?” “I think it’s an important question,” she said. “It is an important question. That’s why I asked it,” Colbert joked. “I believe it is a moral question for me,” Gillibrand said. She then launched into a campaign-style speech that came as close as possibly to announcing a run without doing so. “I believe in right versus wrong and until this election I actually thought that wrong was winning, Continue reading "Kirsten Gillibrand Kicks Off Media Blitz on Colbert: I’m Giving 2020 Bid a ‘Long, Hard Thought’"
Over the past 48 hours, Infowars — the Alex Jones-run far-right conspiracy site — has had its content removed from a host of major platforms including; Apple, Facebook, and YouTube. On Tuesday night, Stephen Colbert could hardly contain his glee while reporting the news. “Folks, there was some bad news recently for extreme right-wing conspiracy theorist and bath salts spokesmodel Alex Jones,” the Late Show host said. “Because it looks like his website Infowars just lost their war on info…Now if you want to see one of Jones’ signature rants, you’ll have to be in the next booth at Ruby Tuesday’s when he sees a mother breastfeeding.” Colbert then segued into a sketch featuring his character Tuck Buckford — based on Jones. The premise of the bit was that Buckford, too, was being purged from social media. The character billed his exile as the “martyrdom of old Tuck Continue reading "Colbert Absolutely Goes In On ‘Bath Salts Spokesmodel’ Alex Jones: His Site ‘Just Lost Their War on Info’"
Actor Ethan Hawke appeared on Late Night with Seth Meyers and dished on the kind of movies that make money, and offered a conclusion based on his career in Hollywood: Guns sell, Hamlet doesn’t. Meyers noted that Hawke told him backstage that Shakespeare films don’t pay much, asking about the correlation between film content and pay for actors. “Shakespeare, no money, but you get really good lines,” Hawke explained. “You do some kind of unmentionable movie that nobody sees and you want people Googling and looking up so you don’t mention the titles, but you get paid a lot for them.” “There’s also a direct equation — you know there have been people talking so much about gun control in this country,” Hawke continued. “And I noticed recently, if you put in a column of every movie I ever did where I carry a gun, and every movie where I Continue reading "Ethan Hawke: It’s Hard to Sell Movies Without Guns"
On the Late Show Tuesday, host Stephen Colbert dedicated his monologue to the testimony of Attorney General Jeff Sessions. “America’s favorite new reality T.V. show: So you think you could testify about Russia,” he joked, while also mocking the Senator’s Keebler elf-esque demeanor. “Everyone had the same question, ‘are you now or have you ever hidden any pots of gold?” The comedian soon dug into weightier matters including perhaps the hearing’s most controversial moment when Sessions declined to answer questions about his personal conversations with Trump despite the latter not invoking executive privilege. Colbert played footage of Sessions saying he only recalled that he “did depart” a meeting with Trump at some time in the past. “We know you departed Attorney General Sherlock. Why won’t you tell us any part of the conversation?” asked Colbert. “You’re not answering even though the president hasn’t claimed executive privilege and Continue reading "Stephen Colbert: Maybe Jeff Sessions Invoked ‘White Privilege’ To Dodge Questions"
Yesterday’s bombshell news that President Donald Trump reportedly leaked highly classified information to the Russian government shook the political world. Naturally, the news didn’t go unnoticed by late night talkers — chief among them Stephen Colbert. On the most recent taping of The Late Show, Colbert officially asked Trump to leave office. “I have something to say here. Donald Trump, if you’re watching, you’re a bad president, please resign.” The line drew sustained applause from Colbert’s audience. In addition to the imbroglio over classified intelligence, Colbert also took the president to task over his threat to cancel the daily White House press briefing and replacing it with a bi-monthly press conference which he could personally direct. Colbert could not contain his amusement at the notion. “They’re always such fountains of eloquence and bastions of dignity. What would we make jokes about the next day,” he said with evident sarcasm. Continue reading "‘Please Resign’: Stephen Colbert Calls on Donald Trump to Step Down After Russia Intel Disaster"
The knives were out on last night’s edition of the Late Show. Host Stephen Colbert took aim at the recent passage of a bill through the House and Senate that would allow Internet providers to sell private user data without their consent. “Anybody here use the Internet?” Colbert queried his audience. “Might want to knock that off. Congress has now voted to allow internet providers to sell your web browsing history” Colbert said he had gone one step further. “I’ve got nothing to hide, I burned my computer this morning.” Joking (but not really) the late night host then moved in for the kill suggesting that the bill was emblematic of everything wrong in government. “This is what’s wrong with Washington D.C,” he said. “I guarantee you there is not one person, not one voter of any political stripe anywhere in America who asked for this.” Continue reading "‘This is What’s Wrong With Washington D.C’: Colbert Slams Plans to Sell Internet Browsing History"
On Tuesday, Stephen Colbert used his opening monologue on The Late Show to poke fun at paranoia reportedly gripping The Trump White House. “Paranoia has seized the Trump White House,” said Colbert. “I’m surprised. I thought Russia was going to seize it.” Colbert cited a Politico article which suggested staffers were so frightened they were being spied on by a deep state, that some had taken to storing their work phones in drawers after office hours. “This paranoia is just the frustration every new administration has with Washington D.C. It happens every time. You went to Washington, you went to work for Trump because you wanted to tear down the government. Now you have to deal with it. Now you are the government,” suggested the comedian. Colbert then used an analogy to try and explain what was going on. “It’s like a dog who spent his whole life Continue reading "Colbert: Trump Administration Like ‘A Dog Who Spent His Whole Life Chasing a Car’"