Late night comedians who had been critical of Donald Trump throughout the campaign had to wait until Wednesday night to react to the news that he will be the next President of the U.S. Seth Meyers, Samantha Bee, Conan O’Brien and others tried to find the humor in the situation, which had proved to be incredibly difficult for Stephen Colbert during his live election night special.
On Late Night, Meyers, who famously barred Trump from being on his show and offered up Chicago President as an alternative if Trump didn’t want to be the real president, admitted that he was wrong about Trump at every turn.
“But the good news is, based on this pattern of me being wrong about every one of my Donald Trump predictions is… he’s probably going to be a great f***ing president,” Meyers said. “Let’s just hope this trajectory holds.”
In his monologue on Conan, O’Brien, an admitted history buff, told the audience that, “We have been here before. We have had bitter, angry elections for 200 years.”
“The point is, this is our thing,” O’Brien said. “The optimist in me chooses today to be happy, that we have fair and free elections at all. I think it’s an amazing thing.”
Full Frontal host Samantha Bee decided to look at how pollsters and pundits got the election spectacularly wrong. The Canadian-born comedian put the blame on herself, noting that soon after being on Law & Order, the show was cancelled. She was also interviewed in the last issue of Playboy featuring nudity. Oh, and this was also the first time she participated in an American election. “I broke America,” she told her audience.
“What happened last night? I went to bed early,” James Corden told the Late Late Show audience. “I did have the strangest dream, though…” He later said, “The important thing is, you all got stickers.”
In his monologue, Colbert told the audience not to move to Canada just yet. “I’m so glad to be with you tonight, because I wouldn’t want to be alone right now,” he said.