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Mahna Mahna

Trump ruins Sean Spicer's duet with the Muppets on Stephen Colbert's Late Show

Every White House press secretary has some particular verbal tics, and Sean Spicer uses the word "phenomenal" quite a bit. The writers on Stephen Colbert's Late Show put that together with a classic Muppet Show skit, and everything went swimmingly until President Trump stepped in.

The Late Show wasn't the first to swap "phenomena" for "mahna mahna." And as you watch Sandra Bullock and Kermit goof in this 1996 episode of Muppets Tonight, just imagine the possibilities for Spicer's next press briefing — or Saturday Night Live's next skewering of it. Peter Weber