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December 20, 2019

The Late Show is going on break for the rest of 2019, but Stephen Colbert had a Christmas present for viewers on Thursday night: A new Christmas cartoon, shorter than Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer but a full story nonetheless. Not surprisingly, it involves President Trump, impeachment, and Santa Claus, plus Rudy Giuliani, Rep. Adam Schiff, CNN's Wolf Blizter, and a whistleblowing elf. Perhaps a little unexpectedly, it has an actual, honest-to-goodness Christmas message about kindness and seeing the good in others.

The plot involves Trump pressuring Santa for dirt on Joe Biden from his Naughty List, and Santa is called to Congress to testify. "Would the rosy-cheeked gentleman from the North Pole please submit for the record President Trump's actual record from the Naughty List?" Cartoon Schiff asked. "Respectfully, Mr. Chairman, what's the point?" Santa replied. "I mean, you really think it will help? Well, he told you every naughty thing he ever did, and you still elected him president." He chose instead to read from the Kind List:

Rudolph and Frosty and the Grinch don't have to worry about being bumped out of the Christmas Special pantheon, but to paraphrase House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (and Thomas Paine), the times have found us, and the Christmas cartoons must rise to the occasion. Peter Weber

November 22, 2019

Numerous witnesses at the House impeachment hearings have testified that President Trump was refusing to grant a crucial meeting and unfreeze U.S. military aid to Ukraine until its new president, Volodymyr Zelensky, publicly announced investigations into Joe Biden, his son Hunter, and the gas company Burisma, on whose board Hunter Biden sat. Zelensky almost complied, but Trump released the money two days before the announcement.

On Thursday's Late Show, Stephen Colbert informed guest Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) that what Zelensky wouldn't do, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) will undertake instead. "There is news that just broke," he said, "that Lindsey Graham is launching a probe of the Bidens, Burma, and Ukraine. First question: What the hell?" He noted that Harris is on the Senate Judiciary Committee with Graham. "What do you make of this?" he asked.

"It's the same thing that they've been doing, which is to create a big distraction from the facts and the evidence," Harris said. "The Burisma, the Biden probe — it's a bunch of B.S." Colbert pointed out that even Republican impeachment witnesses like Kurt Volker said there's nothing there and you can't impugn Biden's character with this. Harris said Graham's investigation shows Republicans "know they have to create this big distraction" to keep America from focusing on "the fact that we have a criminal living in the White House."

Graham was, not too long ago, in agreement about Biden's character and rectitude, especially when it comes to his family.

Harris said she's skeptical her GOP colleagues will vote to convict Trump in the Senate, and explained why she wants Vice President Mike Pence to testify. Watch below. Peter Weber

March 1, 2019

On Thursday, The Tonight Show gave the world a peek back into 1985, a decade before Weezer's first big hit, when Jimmy Fallon and The Roots joined Weezer in the classroom studio to perform a cover of A-Ha's "Take On Me" on children's instruments, dressed in '80s attire. Weezer covers the song on their new self-titled cover album, but The Tonight Show mostly unplugged the instrumentation and threw in a comic-book filter to give the performance a touch of the original A-Ha video's look.

On Wednesday, Weezer joined Fallon's Ragtime Gals barbershop quartet to really unplug with an a cappella version of "Buddy Holly" — though it should be noted that no one onstage even attempted to look like Buddy Holly. Presumably, they don't care about that. Watch below. Peter Weber

February 19, 2016

Stephen Colbert started out Thursday's Late Show talking about "the big celebrity feud everybody's talking about: Donald Trump versus the pope." As "America's foremost Catholic," he joked, he felt especially equipped to explain the squabble, poking fun at both public figures. Pope Francis suggested Trump is "not a Christian" because he wants to wall off the U.S.-Mexico border. "So Donald Trump wants to build a wall around this whole country. I wonder where he could have gotten a crazy idea like that?" Colbert said. "Maybe the Vatican?" After making a sign of the cross, he said, "I am in trouble."

"Now, I want to try to broker a peace between these two men," Colbert said. "Is it possible you're fighting because you have so much in common? After all, you both think you're infallible, and you both sit on golden thrones, and you both wear very silly things on your head." Watch Colbert tried to keep the peace, sort of, below. Peter Weber

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