This week, The New York Times is bingeing on late-night comedy shows and curating the best stuff in case you missed it. You need sleep, after all, and something in the news to smile about. We don’t need anything because we’re getting paid to watch late night which is insane.
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Late Night’s 2020 Pick: Warren
Senator Elizabeth Warren’s thwarted attempt to read a Coretta Scott King letter on the Senate floor was Topic A for some late-night hosts Wednesday, as they ripped Republicans for silencing Ms. Warren’s challenge to the civil rights record of Senator Jeff Sessions of Alabama.
“It’s all part of the G.O.P.’s February message: ‘Happy Black History Month. Now shut up about the bad stuff.’” — STEPHEN COLBERT, on “The Late Show,” who also joked that Ms. Warren had “kicked off her 2020 presidential campaign”
Ms. Warren made a surprise appearance on “The Daily Show,” where Trevor Noah asked what she thought about several male senators being subsequently allowed to recite the letter.
WARREN: Look, the main thing is that millions of people are now reading Coretta Scott King’s letter. It is an amazing letter. It is a letter full of passion. It is a letter full of heart, and it is a letter full of advice to us. It talks about a moment in history when African-Americans were beaten away from the polls, and it talks about Jeff Sessions’s role in that, and I think it has an important lesson today for all of America.
Mr. Colbert on the male senators:
“Of course the men weren’t silenced. That would violate Senate Rule 18: Bros before hos.”
The CNN anchor Jake Tapper discussed his last two eventful days with Mr. Colbert: Grilling the Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway in an interview that went viral, and an Axios report that Republicans were now gunning for Mr. Tapper.
COLBERT: Our president, the president of the United States, commander in chief, has called your network fake news, fraud, the worst, so biased, failing, unwatchable, a disgrace to the broadcasting industry, disgusting, phony reporting, unprofessional, bad television, and CNN can go to hell.
TAPPER: He certainly watches us a lot.
COLBERT: Yeah. So why are you so mean to him, Jake? If you guys just didn’t fact-check him anymore, he wouldn’t be saying these things about you.
TAPPER: It’s a good point.
COLBERT: What’s it like in the halls over there knowing that you, that the president actively doesn’t like your network. How do people feel over there?
TAPPER: [Without missing a beat] I don’t think anybody cares.
The Twitter hashtag #TapperDirtFile is now encompassing all of the anchor’s supposed dirty laundry. Here are The Times Late-Night Comedy Committee’s favorite #TapperDirtFile tweets:
The Punchiest Punchlines (Ivanka Edition)
“Obviously what happened here is millions of dead illegal immigrants aren’t buying Ivanka’s shoes. It is fake shoes, people, fake shoes.” — NOAH, on Nordstrom dropping Ivanka Trump’s clothing line
“Evidently, not a lot of women wanted to buy clothes that made them attractive to their fathers.” — COLBERT
“I like that she’s always pushing him to do the right thing, because it implies that he’s inclined to always do the wrong thing.” — JIMMY KIMMEL
Samantha Bee Praises CNN
Fallon Addresses Trump Hair Flap
On “The Tonight Show,” Jimmy Fallon showed a smidgen of self-awareness as he talked to Seth Meyers about criticism that he was too soft on Mr. Trump during an interview last year in which he rubbed Mr. Trump’s hair.
FALLON: And we had him on the show, and I messed his hair up, and I got a —
MEYERS: No, I didn’t hear about that. [LAUGHTER]
FALLON: You didn’t? [LAUGHTER] Yeah, it got a pretty big reaction. Yeah —
MEYERS: Yeah, but you know what? I was insulted by the reaction.
MEYERS: Because I know after that happened, you took some heat.
FALLON: Oh, yeah.
MEYERS: And some people said you are the reason he won.
MEYERS: And I’m so insulted by that because I am the reason he won.
MEYERS: I made fun of him in 2011. That’s the night he decided to run. [LAUGHTER] I kicked the hornet’s nest. You rubbed a hornet’s head.
The Bits Worth Watching
What We’re Excited About on Thursday Night
Alec Baldwin will be on Mr. Fallon’s show. We’re excited about this because he is hosting “Saturday Night Live” this weekend and will almost certainly discuss his impression of Mr. Trump, which has really irritated the president.
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