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better at it than democratic politicians. we go behind the scenes tonight. >> brian, thank you very much. and thank you all for watching "360." cnn special, "late night in the age of trump" starts now. the following is a cnn special report. >> buckle up, because i'm coming in hot. this is going to be a crazy one. >> every day, there's something nuts. >> you're not the potus, you're the bloatus. >> wait, how long does this wall have to be? >> he's most mocked man in america. >> that is problem with the media. >> monopolizing late-night. >> it's hard not to feel like you're being redundant. >> kim jong-un as rocket man. kim jong-un rocket man. >> kim jong-un as rocket man. >> dominating "snl." >> such a nasty group. >> he's like a mine producing raw material. >> he's blowing up scripts. >> oh, that's a really great joke. >> the pace of the news. >> stop it.
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>> so much faster. >> me first. >> making and breaking careers. >> it's like a little churchill. excuse me. >> would you say you're on a mission to take him down? >> i would like to see him brought down to the ground, preferably in handcuffs. >> you're turning into a real [ bleep ] tator. >> has late night gone too far? >> it's disrespectful of the of the office of the presidency? i think so. >> let's roll. >> tonight, "late night in the age of trump." ♪ >> november 8th, 2016. >> thank you. >> "the late show's" stephen colbert was hosting a live election night special. a seemingly dream gig for the comedian, who believed he'd be documenting history, the dawning of a hillary clinton presidency. he began the show upbeat. >> you don't need to chant my name. america doesn't have dictators, yet.
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>> here you have a guy, a host ready to tell a certain number of jokes that he expects are going to come out in the way he wants, and instead, the show starts to turn. >> bill carter is the author of "the war for late night." >> so, he's like, in between. he doesn't know which way to go. >> when trump wins a state, it will turn bright orange. >> colbert tried to keep the jokes coming as the race got closer. >> this one is a nail biter. and a passport grabber. >> then, political experts gave colbert some shocking news. trump had taken the lead, winning two key states. >> the momentum shifts and his energy level drops. all things about a woman being president, which was probably the theme of the night, has to be rejected and something else on the fly put in. >> would you care for a cocktail? >> by the time that whiskey
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ended up on his desk -- >> here's to democracy. >> you knew things were off the rails. >> a culture reporter for "the new york times." >> i think he was just so incredibly unprepared to greet a donald trump presidency. >> at some point it stopped being funny for him. >> it did stop being funny. >> and got downright uncomfortable when trump went to front-runner from underdog. >> donald trump has taken the state of florida. that's a horrifying prospect. i can't put happy face on that. and that's my job. >> all of his emotions were on display. and it made for incredibly arresting television, but in some ways, disturbing. you're watching a guy have his hopes drain out of him, rit on the air. i've never seen anything like that before. >> sorry to keep you waiting, complicated business. >> when it was all over and the results were in, colbert, shell shocked, left the audience with some dark, final thoughts. >> so, how did our politics get
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so spopoisonous? i think it's because we overdosed, especially this year. we drank too much of the poison. >> i think there was some sort of psychological change that came over colbert. >> we as a nation agree that we should never ever have another election like this one. do you agree? >> he became a different host after that. >> it's "the late show with stephen colbert." >> his harsh attacks on trump galvanized his viewers, catapulting his show to its biggest ratings victory in two decades. >> welcome to "the late show." i'm your host, stephen colbert. >> it took him months, maybe about a year before he found his traction. and the question was, when he ditches the conservative persona that he used throughout "the colbert report," is he going to be able to consistently amousse people and be outrageous?
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>> you, donald trump, are a horrible, horrible human being. >> by february, colbert edged out long-time rival jimmy fallon, when he ripped apart trump's first solo press conference. >> no, you inherited a fortune. we elected a mess. >> colbert never let up, growing more vocal and more vicious as time passed. >> i have the constitutional right to say that donald trump looks like a rotting haystack made of meat. but you cannot. >> trump gave new life to all the late-night hosts. >> he's a human what is wrong with this picture? >> trump keeps creating the material. he's like a mine producing raw material. >> he's just going to look them in the camera and say, isis, stop it. >> have you ever seen anything like this in another presidency? >> there's never been anything like this in a presidency. now, we've never had this many
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late-night people before, so, we've never had teams of 10 or 12 comedy wryers all writing jokes about the same thing. >> we went into the weekend worrying about kim jong-un starting a war, we came out of it, wondering if the president is cutting eye holes out of his bed sheets. >> how many late-night hosts are members of the resistance? >> seth meyers and colbert are the voices of the resistance. basically, their whole shows are about trump. >> i boldly said on this show it was a stunt and he would never really run. >> seth meyers was equally stunned on election night. he offered a mea culpa the next day. >> based on this pattern of me being wrong on every one of my donald trump predictions, he's probably going to be a great [ bleep ] president. >> then he gave the new president a warning. >> we here at "late night" will be watching you. >> meyers kept that promise, brutally dissecting trump's every move in his signature "closer look" segment.
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would you call what you're doing now investigative comedy? >> we do try to bring out information that you couldn't get out in a monologue joke, so we try to do a longer piece where we can have more freedom to explain the story. >> trump is so fully out of his mind, he broke a general. that guy's been in wars. >> it might be explanatory journalism sometimes? >> sure, i think we try very hard. explanatory comedy. again, i'll always -- >> you're afraid of the j-word, aren't you? >> well, i feel like doing a disservice to people that actually practice journalism to say i'm doing it, as well. i like doing comedy the most, so, that's what i'd like to stick with. >> but experts say that in the era of trump, viewers depend on comedians like myers to make sense of the constant cycle of news. >> it's time for breaking crazy. >> he's going as in depth as he can.
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the line between late-night comedy and news reporting is thoroughly blurred. people want to kind of a front line style late-night show. >> 2016 has been an uncommonly [ bleep ] year. >> what viewers want, they get, and plenty of it. coming up, "the daily show" descendants. >> you were telling the president about putin, go. >> you see john stewart version of late-night. it was really pushed along by the donald trump presidency. >> american legion trump, respectful and strong. >> we have to get going, sir. >> i don't want to go. >> and later, the every expanding late-night landscape. >> you are the president of the united states. let's go. ♪ of thoughts and ♪ wdreams that scatter ♪k ♪ you pull them all together
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january 10th, 2017. >> we have a lot of people who are sort of tasked with watching things as they happen. >> from 30 rockefeller plaza in new york -- >> one hour before seth meyers tauped "late night," there was big, breaking news. >> cnn breaking news. >> russian operatives claimed to have compromising personal and financial information about mr. trump. >> that night, kellyanne conway, trump's incoming white house counselor, was scheduled to appear on his show. >> i had the cnn printout of that story. i made sure i understood the details of it, because obviously it wasn't my expertise. >> he started things out light. >> he is my president. >> good for you. >> he's my president so much it's keeping me up at night. >> and then he got serious, probing conway about the big news of the day. >> i believe it said they did brief him.
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>> he has said that he is not aware of that. >> okay. that concerns me. >> he was incredibly prepared. unlike even some news people interviewing her, he would not let her get away with anything. >> i sometimes fear that the president-elect has no curiosity as to the amount they tried -- >> that is completely false. he has enormous curiosity. i'm there every day with him. he has a number of different meetings every day, briefings and otherwise. he was curious enough to figure out america. he knew america when many -- >> that's a pivot there. >> no. >> he did not let her slip away. i thought it was very effective. it was one of the best interviews he's done. >> in general, you always walk away from interviews with politicians wishing, you know, you pushed a little harder. >> had the hosts stopped being funny and started getting too serious? >> it's become a new brand of comedy, i think, that's both informative and i think pretty funny. >> giovanni was hired by "the new york times" to do a
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daily roundup column called "best of late-night." >> we realized that trump, through his own style, was redefining the landscape of late-night tv. >> do you think someone would find themselves changing their political views? >> no. i think that the way these shows work is, they tune into a certain decibel level, a certain level of outrage, a certain angle of critique. >> the president was griping about the size of the crowd and wondering how his pink tie played with his audience. >> who would you say is the toughest on trump? >> colbert has been the most savage in his attacks. >> and the most unpopular president in modern history. i've deepened america's racial divide. we're on the brink of thermonuclear conflict. it's got to be the pink tie, right? >> other hosts are making equally if not more substantive critiques of the president. >> trump's trust in breitbart actually goes way back.
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>> every time we see john oliver, once a week, they've spent a full week preparing what are, essentially, investigative reports. >> holding up a breitbart article does not make you seem more credible. >> oliver, a "daily show" vet, has earned the rep of being one of the sharpest political satirists on late-night. >> talk to them. >> he devotes a huge chunk of hbo's "last week tonight" to fact-finding. >> the press is going to be a key element in helping us sort fact from fiction. and they are under attack. >> do you remember in february, he hires a bunch of singers and dancers to try to inform trump about putin? ♪ >> pageantry for him is activism and that's part of our new reality. >> [ bleep ] on my car. >> he's essentially being a town crier and an advocate, as well as a newfangled tv comedian. >> donald trump is acting moodier and more erratic. >> james corden is a more broad approach guy but he's done some
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tough things about trump. >> recently confided in white house aides, telling him, i hate everyone in the white house. is this guy the president of the united states or a cast member on "big brother?" i hate everyone in the house. >> corden and oliver have a way of looking at the american experience like, are you kidding me? this is what you people do? >> i'm sharing news from the white house. >> the clever bits kept coming. but with so many late-night stars, how do hosts stand apart? do you ever worry about saying the same thing every other show is saying? >> yeah. think about it a little bit. but it happens less often than you would think. >> steve bowdow is the executive producer of "the daily show with trevor noah." >> we said trump was an african dictator. right? >> trevor has a certain point of view and a certain style, so even if stephen's show observed the same thing on a given night,
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it's still going to come out differently. >> he delivers these punches against donald trump that doesn't have the nastiness other hosts do. >> special, like important? or special, like the guy i made fun of? which one? >> he struggled to find his voice when he took over john stewart's chair. >> this is "the daily show with trevor noah." >> but nearly two years later, noah and "the daily show" were flying high. then there was that one epic week in may. >> comey is fired. >> if he's gone, who's going to investigate russia's ties to -- oh. >> comes out that trump maybe leaked information to the russians in the oval office. >> this is trap, no? no, it can't be this easy, come on. come on. >> mueller's appointed. >> probably saying to himself, man, i'm glad i'm not part of this anymore, i'm just like -- hello? >> each night, we were rewriting
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the show almost on the fly when that happened. i was very proud of that. >> trump and those bombshells notched trevor noah his best week ever. >> comey reminds me of every black mother. ill brought you into this world and child, i can take you out of it. >> is donald trump the best thing that's ever happened to late-night tv? >> there's certainly days where it seems that way. next -- too much trump? >> he refers to kim jong-un as rocket man -- which beats the other nickname he gave him, little kim. >> maybe don't make him sound like he's an action-pack ed move franchise. just call him little kim. >> and then there's times where it's hard not to feel like you're being redundant.
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and now, ladies and gentlemen, here's johnny! >> there was only one real king of late-night. >> we've got a real humdinger of a show tonight. >> johnny carson held court for 30 years. but when it came to politics, he chose punch lines over political attacks, razzing presidents like ronald reagan. >> did you see the picture in
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the magazine of reagan riding his horse on the ranch, with george bush riding behind him with a poope scooper. >> bill carter has covered the media industry for over 30 years. >> he was looking for the joke of it. he would look for the silliness of it. he wasn't a member of the resistance. >> well, i don't know, brian. my fellow americans. >> i just don't know. you remember those things, you know? >> former "snl" cast member joe piscopo took his own jabs at president reagan. >> if you vote for me again in 1984, you'll receive this handsome set of steak knives. >> he said, back then, late-night hosts did not attack. >> johnny carson, he would always joke about nixon. >> you're not going to lend me your makeup man, are you? >> no, i'm going to lend him to lyndon johnson. >> he would joke about gerald ford. but it was never vicious. it seems to be vicious now.
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>> like johnny -- >> jay leno. >> "the tonight show's" jay leno kept his punches light. >> a lot of people think -- because of the kiss at the convention. >> you can't tell how i vote. you have no idea how i vote, listening to me. >> even david letterman, the master of stinging insults, held back. >> does it bother you i'm always yacking about stuff? >> no, i'm glad you're saying my name. >> if you press david, like, what do i know? i don't know anything, i'm an idiot who tells jokes. >> then in 1999, john stewart, a new late-night host, burst onto the scene. >> this whole trial is sexy. >> and the slant radically changed. >> there may be a woman candidate who will be elected president watching this evening. >> no, not on comedy central, sir. i can -- >> john stewart really changed it. john stewart brought big-time point of view to late-night, consistent point of view. he wasn't always liberal, but he
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was extremely committed to certain issues. >> we are, as we speak, live from our election center studios in new york city's abandoned prostitute district. >> it was the 2000 presidential campaign when the show went from being mostly about pop culture, to really focusing on the election. >> steve bowdow was the executive producer on "the lady show." >> by then, the show was a political show, and it pretty much has been ever since. >> good news for mitt romney, he has won tonight, we can announce this right now, most of the confederacy. >> mulling over certain compact news story and teasing out all the ironies of it has been the rubric for everybody. >> responding to trump's ill-informed tweets can be a full-time job. and i know, because it's my full-time job. >> late-night now had a blueprint. new shows were spawning new
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talent. >> john stewart is the jumping off point for stephen colbert. >> mr. trevor noah. trevor, thanks for joining us. >> trevor noah. >> welcome to "the daily show." >> and john oliver. >> that late-night lineup exploded even more with trump, all of them covering politics and the president 24/7. how has he changed the landscape? >> just crazy changed it. basically, we know more about trump now. it's really not topical humor. it's trump humor. >> are there nights when it's overkill? >> yeah, i think that there are most nights where it feels that way. >> kim jong-un as rocket man. >> kim jong-un, rocket man. >> kim jong-un as rocket man. >> that's not a diss. that's a cool nickname. >> with so much trump news, >> which beats the other nickname he gave him, little kim. >> hosts have no choice but to riff on the same material. >> the pace of the news is so much faster.
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>> trevor noah. >> what's going on, folks? >> steve bowdow runs "the daily show with trevor noah" who took over for jon stewart as host in 2015. >> fire ants are coming together to save each other. >> in a way, i admire them. >> they invited us in for a sneak peek behind the creative curtain of their show. >> we watch a lot of clips, we throw jokes around the room. i like that better than we take maybe an hour and a half to rewrite the show, tape it at 6:30 and get to go home. that's the normal way. it doesn't happen very much anymore. >> thank you. >> thank you. >> in the age of trump, shows are sometimes turned upside down. >> i now just got a piece of information in my ear that sc e scaramucci just resigned. >> when was the last time you had to below below up to script? >> yes. the mooch couldn't make it to day 11. >> the guy got fired before the job began. >> being able to plan ahead has
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become virtually impossible. >> and now the president tweets again. >> you can't make this up. i'm loving every minute of it. >> five minutes after 9:00. >> joe piscopo doesn't mind the rapid pace of trump news. >> it's a gift from heaven. it's a gift from god. everybody's so upset. oh, the vitriol, the hate, the divide. i am loving it. ♪ it's time for you >> the former "snl" comic hosts a conservative radio talk show. >> i campaigned in florida, i spoke at a trump/pence rally. i've known donald like 25 years. >> you don't get angry at the jokes, all the attacks from late-night comics? the way that others do? >> no. does it go too far? it does go too far. is it disrespectful of the office of the president of the united states, i think so. >> let me read this presidential briefing. yep, i got the president, i got the briefing right here. next, how far is too far? late-night goes off the rails.
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♪ good evening. i'm lester holt. >> it's debate night on "snl."
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october 2016. this was alec baldwin's debut as donald trump. >> our jobs are fleeing this country. they're going to mexico. they're going to china. if hillary knew how, she would have done it already, period, end of story, i won the debate, i stayed calm. just like i promised. and it is over. good night, hofstra. baldwin was one winging it. later he told "the late show's" stephen colbert that the first time he tried out trump was during his "snl" dress rehearsal. >> it's total a caricature. you pick a lot of things. i'm sitting in the room, left eyebrow up, right eyebrow down, shove your face, try to suck the chrome off the fender of a car. you're like -- >> mr. trump, two more minutes. >> the thing about the blacks -- >> as he sparred with kate mckinnon's hilarious hillary
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clinton, viewers ate it up. >> this man is clearly unfit to be commander in chief. >> wrong. >> he is a bully. >> shut up. >> he started the birther movement. >> you did. >> after that night, baldwin's rendition of trump was forever cemented in america's psyche. >> and number four -- ahh! >> "saturday night live" has a permanent character. they always have presidents, but this is now this iconic "saturday night live" character. >> send in steve bannon. >> members of trump's team gave "snl" even more red meat. ♪ >> kate mckinnon stole the show as trump's overworked campaign manager, kellyanne conway. >> do you want a drink? >> jesus.
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>> and kate impersonation trying to win over cnn's jake tapper >> i'm not going to be ignored. >> gave "snl's" version of "fatal attraction" another hit. >> i'm here to swallow gum and take names. >> comedian melissa mccarthy struck gold as press secretary sean "spicy" spicer. >> and our president will not be deterred. >> driving his podium into the press. >> are you kidding me? >> a lot of it is just funny. and, again, all credit goes to trump for that. he sets that up. >> it's "saturday night live." >> trump gave "snl" a record-shattering season. >> come over here to daddy. >> and brought baldwin back for another round. >> the president of the united states. >> "snl" has always gone after presidents. >> hold on, harry, why so tense?
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>> arguably, no one did a better ronald reagan than comic joe piscopo. >> i think alec baldwin is absolutely brilliant. they get upset, but you know what i learned, man? you don't cut funny. if it's funny, it's going to hurt, but you have to have a sense of humor about it. >> so, trump should embrace the caricatures? >> absolutely. he should invite alec baldwin to the white house. >> but so far, trump's not laughing. after baldwin's debut, the president hate-tweeted his disdain. just tried watching "snl," unwatchable, totally biased, not funny, and the baldwin impersonation, just can't get any worse. sad. >> i do miss my old life. >> we all do, sir. >> as the trump jokes escalated, the president's distaste for late-night intenu intensified. >> you attract more skin heads than free rogaine. >> in may "the late show's" stephen colbert found himself in
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hot water when he blasted trump in an over the top, profanity-laden meltdown. >> the only thing your mouth is good for is being vladimir putin's [ bleep ] holster. >> his tirade sparked a firestorm in the press and fueled a hash tag, fire colbert, xaun on twitter. trump didn't respond right away. >> trump was obviously restrained for the first six months of his presidency. >> but days after the attack, the president surfaced, condemning come bear in a "time" magazine interviewing, saying, you see a no-talent guy like colbert, there's nothing funny about what he says. >> he was probably watching these shows and probably feeling offended every night. at that moment, we realized he couldn't take it anymore. >> the only thing smaller than your hands is your tax returns. >> trump went on slamming colbert over his improved ratings. the guy was dying, by the way, they were going take him off television. then he started attacking me and he started doing better.
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colbert's response was, to say the least, diffusive. >> the president of the united states has personally come after me and my show. and there's only one thing to say. yay! yay! >> i think when trump tweets about one of these shows, they probably have a party. they must love that, because that means they're scoring points. >> months later, trump took aim at late-night again, tweeting, late-night hosts are dealing with the democrats for their very funny and repetitive material. always anti-trump. should we get equal time? it did not take long for a late-night retort. jimmy kimmel tweeted, excellent point, mr. president, you should quit that boring job. i'll let you have my show all to yourself.
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♪ i have something to say here. donald trump, if you're watching, first of all, you're a bad president, please resign. second of all -- >> in the trump era, "the late show's" stephen colbert's satirical voice cracked the code. but colbert's method of madness is in sharp contrast to what was, not long ago, a winning formula on nbc's "the tonight show." >> wow, i look fantastic. >> the thing about jimmy is he does an impression of trump, a very good impression of trump. >> we have a big interview with jimmy fallon coming up. let's be honest, fallon is a lightweight. no way he deserves to interview me. the only one qualified to interview me is me.
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bill carter is the author of "the late shift." >> he doesn't want to be in the mix of, this is my point of view and i'm pounding away at the president. he knows it's not his strength. he doesn't want to do it. >> i hope they're going to understand. >> just months before the election, jimmy fallon was vilified for being too soft on trump. his ratings suffered. >> yes! >> was interviewing trump and playing with him a big deal? was it actually a big deal? >> i think he's acknowledged since then, that, yes, it was a huge deal and he was surprised by the kind of blowback that he got, but he has to reckon with it. >> trump says he believes in torturing prisoners, which is bad news for melania. and -- >> like fallon, jimmy kimmel stuck to a more traditional show on abc. >> he's sort of like your all-american 1950s guy.
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he's not particularly progressive in his social views, in my opinion. i don't think of him, like, out there to bash conservatives. >> that persona changed last may when kimmel, through tears, revealed a health care involving his newborn son. >> it's a terrifying thing. you know, my wife is back in the recovery room, she has no idea what's going on. >> kimmel's emotional story became a call to action on health care. >> if your baby is going to die and it doesn't have to, it shouldn't matter how much money you make. i think that's something that whether you're a republican or democrat or something else, we all agree on that, right? i mean, we do. >> he puts himself out there in the middle of the health care discussion, i think he really zeroed in on it and it kind of made him a heroic figure for some people. >> then, kimmel was fully immersed in the political fray when he had on the louisiana senator who was making a last-ditch effort to pass a new
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health reform bill. >> the jimmy kimmel test should be, no family should be denied medical care, emergency or otherwise, because they can't afford it. can that be the jimmy kimmel test, as simple as that? is that oversimplifying that? >> if that's as close as we get, that works great in government. got to be able to pay for it. that's the challenge. >> i can think of a way to pay for it. don't give a huge tax cut to millionaires like me and instead leave it how it is. that would be one way. >> months later, in september, kimmel went on a three-month tirade, announcing the jimmy kimmel test failed. >> and this guy, bill cassidy, just lied right to my face. >> they continued to duke it out when the senator said kimmel didn't understand the bill. >> could it be, senator cassidy, that the problem is i do understand and you got caught with your g.o.penis out? is that possible? >> kimmel didn't let up. >> i don't want to turn this
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into a kanye and taylor swift type situation. the democrats should rename it ivanka care. guaranteed trump gets onboard. >> kimmel is not a political actor by nature, but the entire spirit of late-night has become so politicized that it's in my job description now. >> as trump's wild ride continued, jimmy fallon was pulled in, too. it was the horrible events in charlottesville, virginia, that provoked him. >> even though "the tonight show" isn't a political show, it's my responsibility to stand up against extremism as a human being. what happened in charlottesville, virginia, was just disgusting. the fact that it took the president two days to come out and denounce white supremacists and racist is shameful. >> it was a moment when the gloves came off. i think even fallon said, this is no way for a president to act, and that he needs to apologize. >> do you think he was reluctant
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to do this? >> i felt like his mode of delivery was strange. >> it's important for everyone -- >> it made me think, he's telling this like he tells his jokes. >> ignoring it is just as bad as supporting it. >> so, kimmel is still mining that divide between, am i the all-american guy, or am i the critic? it's one that fallon has decisively sort of advocated that choice. he said, i'm not going to even budge. >> fallon ditched the hair messing, but continued the trump mocking. >> buckle up because i'm coming in hot. this is going to be a crazy one. daddy came to play. >> i think when you look at the 11:30 shows, they are different kinds of setelevision shows. some people want to turn on late-night shows and they want to see hard takes on politics and other people use it for escapism, and i think it's important that those shows still exist. >> this made me laugh. >> and i think jimmy does that
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♪ roll if you want to ♪ without anything but the love we feel ♪ >> i hold my breath for a very long time. >> the ritual is a labor of love for comedian anthony atamina. he's transforming into president trump. >> let's roll. >> he's the breakout star of a show unlike anything else on tv. comedy central's "the president show" imagines donald trump hosting his own late night series. >> i turned the oval office into a classic late night set. >> he channels a darker version of trump. >> who is the person you hate? >> it's me. >> what did you figure out early on about playing him? >> he has a sort of like an animal thing with his jaw, where he's like -- he pushes his jaw forward and does this mussolini sort of turn.
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>> anthony got his start at new york's improv clubs. >> we would never plagiarize ed michelle obama, i don't want to hear -- >> he does a pretty good trump. >> you're performing at ucb. then you pitch this show to comedy central. >> yeah. the pitch is, donald trump is bored at the white house. but he always wanted the tv show. >> i think it's important to let the audience know who's being nice and who's being not nice. >> the president of the united states of the. >> the president show was born. >> i'm the president, can you believe it? >> airing once a week. >> i went to your wedding to marla. >> it looks like a real late night talk show, with celebrity guests. and banter with trump's sidekick, vp mike pence. >> you know what, get out of here. get him out. i don't want to talk to you either. get him out of here. >> we've tried to turn them into a dark version of abbott and costello.
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>> like art imitating life, others in anthony trump administration have had short runs. >> life chief strategist, steve bannon. >> who put that door in the doorway. >> what did i say? >> his infamous white house communications director. >> i'm so good with it being short, because i don't want to step out on a stage and have people yelling, do the mooch. >> played by "sex and the city actor" mario cantone. >> snap out of it. >> the really fun begins when potus leaves the studio for improvised sketches. >> this is really terrible. what are we, off roading. >> there you go, wonderful. >> in one popular segment, anthony's trump. >> this is not like the old neighborhood at all. >> visits his childhood home in queens, new york.
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>> it's a beautiful neighborhood. >> what an awful block. >> why did you decide to bring your character here? >> i always wanted to do the roots of trump. my version of him is like sort of petulant and like always rejecting his past. >> this is where donald trump was born. >> i don't need my own biography, mike. >> the formula worked. >> the show has vaulted to the top of comedy central's ratings. this demand for trump humor, brought another comic to an unexpected place. >> i would never think to watch a late night show on netflix on a daily basis, that's not what it does. but it's interesting she landed there. >> chelsea handler, landed netflix's first ever talk show, chelsea. >> donald trump, monkeys -- >> and viewers binged her outrageous rants. >> a little place i like to call monkey business. >> about her least favorite person.
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>> how much has your show here changed as a result of the trump presidency? >> a lot. i'm a real loud mouth. i can't help myself. >> according to web md, the symptoms of syphilis are exhibit a, patchy hair loss. exhibit b, visual problems and squinting. >> would you say you're on a mission to take him down? >> i would like to see him brought down, down to the ground. preferably in handcuffs. i want him to be in prison. i think a lot of people want him to be in prison. >> handler used her hour long show to delve into divisive issues like daca. >> these young people are the american dream. 91% of them are employed and 99% of them have no criminal record. that means they've never obstructed justice, colluded with russia, bragged about sexual assault or pardoned a
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racist maniac. >> in the end she chose politics over late night. after a rocky two seasons. t >> don't you know when to stop clubbing. >> she said she was ending her netflix show to focus on activism. >> it's important to me to use my platform for good. >> a lot of people say i don't do politics. it's like, you don't have a choice now. this is serious stuff. we don't have a choice to opt out. >> has trump been good for the chelsea handler's in the world? >> in terms of comedy. god, you must have so much material. you can take the material. i don't want this kind of comedy. no. >> same goes for anthony atamani >> we're going to take people who are illegal immigrants and ship them to other countries. what do you think of that? >> no. >> what happened on the day president trump is no longer president? >> i will probably put stones in my pocket and walk out into the ocean. i don't want to do him any more. >> a lot of people are saying
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trump wants our policy to be good cop, bad cop. i think it's more like good cop, insane president. >> there's no way anyone who comes after will ever take up as much ink on the show than we've already spilled on president trump. >> that is going to be a fascinating thing to watch. if it happens in four years or wren when ever it happens. they're going to be addicts that have to go cold turkey. >> have you seen donald trump? if there's one thing he's never going to get, it's a clean bill of health. >> there's never going to be somebody like trump again. >> i even thought maybe we won't talk about donald trump much tonight, and then he opened his mouth and all manner of stupid came out. >> this is a one of a kind situation. both for the country and for the comedians. >> i have the power to destroy any country on earth, but i promise you, it will be america first.
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see ya next week. bye-bye. >> hey, that's it for the late show, everybody. tune in tomorrow. >> good night, everybody. all right, this is "cnn tonight," i'm chris cuomo in for the one and only don lemon. as america prepares for thanksgiving, the president seems to have thankfulness on his mind as well. specifically, the feeling that he was not thanked by the father of one of three ucla basketball players that he helped to get out of china after allegations of shoplifting. the father involved is no ordinary parent. his name is lavar ball. the big talking attention seeker who dismissed the president's efforts to cnn. the president taking the bait, when he, mr. ball, told

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