Best of Late Night: Trevor Noah Is Cautiously Optimistic About Trump’s Talks With Kim


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Trevor Noah begrudgingly gave President Trump credit for opening up a line of communication with North Korea’s leader.

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Forgetting Why They Were Fighting

President Trump is moving forward with his plan to meet with North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un. Trevor Noah said he didn’t quite know what to make of the news — but he was willing to give Trump credit for diplomacy.

“I know our first instinct is to hate, and it’s also weird that Trump makes it all about himself, but Trump is right: If it wasn’t for his craziness, North Korea would have never come to the table. That’s what he did. Trump is like the near-death experience that makes people forget about why they were fighting in the first place.” — TREVOR NOAH

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The C.I.A. director, Mike Pompeo, went to North Korea earlier this month, but news of the visit didn’t emerge until weeks later.

“I can’t believe Trump kept something this big secret! How did he do it? I mean, the only possible explanation is that Michael Cohen paid him $130,000 to stay quiet about it.” — STEPHEN COLBERT

Samantha Bee Takes on Sean Hannity

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Samantha Bee thought this week was the right time for a “Full Frontal” attack on Sean Hannity. Bee gave a rundown of the recent revelation that Hannity had been a client of Trump’s lawyer, Michael Cohen.

Then she decided to use some of what she called Hannity’s own dishonest reporting techniques against him: She did an elaborate segment accusing him (sarcastically) of being a serial killer.

“His whole show is just an hourlong list of lies and conspiracy theories, but people think it’s news because he doesn’t sweat as much as Alex Jones, and because he’s on a channel that calls itself ‘News.’” — SAMANTHA BEE

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Best of Late Night: Dana Carvey Plays John Bolton With a ‘Hair Trigger,’ Emphasis on Hair


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In an interview with Stephen Colbert on “The Late Show,” Dana Carvey portrayed John R. Bolton, the incoming national security adviser.

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Dana Carvey as John Bolton

Dana Carvey impersonated John R. Bolton, President Trump’s incoming national security adviser, in an interview with Stephen Colbert on “The Late Show” Wednesday night. It was a bit reminiscent of Carvey’s famous impression of the first President George Bush — but a few notches more ludicrous.

Colbert asked “Bolton,” who is known for his far-right views and is said to act abusively toward co-workers, for reassurance that he was not gunning for pre-emptive war with North Korea or Iran. The interview began with Carvey’s character pleading innocence, but it didn’t take long to fly off the rails.

By the end, his face was covered in an overgrown mustache, and he was attempting to breast-feed a golden retriever puppy.

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Here’s how it started.

STEPHEN COLBERT: Ambassador Bolton, thank you for joining us.

DANA CARVEY: Oh, my pleasure, Stephen. It’s very important to me that nobody thinks President Trump is handing the keys to the war machine to some sort of hair-trigger lunatic.

COLBERT: Well, that is very reassuring, sir.

CARVEY: Because if I heard someone say that, I’d blow them up quick.

Midway through the interview, Colbert noticed something suspicious going on with his interviewee’s facial hair.

COLBERT: I feel like I do have to ask: Is your mustache getting larger?

CARVEY: Oh yeah, don’t worry about that — General Snowball here just gets a bit engorged when he smells a war coming on. You want action, don’t you boy? [pets mustache] Easy, fellow. Here, have some shampoo. [pulls out bottle]

Samantha Bee Broadcasts From Puerto Rico

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Samantha Bee flew to Puerto Rico to tape Wednesday’s hourlong special episode of “Full Frontal.” She traveled around the island, taking a look at the efforts to restore power in cities and towns and the mountainous villages that were hardest hit by Hurricane Maria.

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Best of Late Night: Trevor Noah Attacks John Bolton for Suggesting the U.S. Should Bomb Iran


Samantha Bee, Car Thief

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Colbert sat down with Samantha Bee, who had traveled to Washington over the weekend to attend the March for Our Lives. Bee said she was stirred by the young people she met protesting, adding that when she was young, her hobbies were a bit more unsavory than theirs.

“I was stealing cars when I was 15, 16 years old,” she admitted. “I was terrible.” Colbert was stupefied to hear that.

STEPHEN COLBERT: What was your favorite car to steal?

SAMANTHA BEE: We stole several cars. Ahh!

COLBERT: You stole the keys, or would you hot-wire them?

BEE: I had a boyfriend at the time, and we were a little bit of a Bonnie and Clyde situation.

COLBERT: Was he the bad influence, or were you the bad influence?

BEE: He was the bad influence, but then I became the bad influence. It did not last long, because ultimately I’m a Catholic schoolgirl at heart. Like, I like a gold star. It was a fleeting — it was a stage. I’m not recommending it.

COLBERT: I thought I was a troubled kid, but I never engaged in grand larceny.

The Punchiest Punchlines (Stormy Edition)

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“The two people who President Trump has not criticized on Twitter are Vladimir Putin and Stormy Daniels. The only two, yeah. Of course, Trump was spanked in a hotel room by one — and then he had sex with Stormy Daniels.” — CONAN O’BRIEN

“According to a new article, President Trump has been privately telling people that Stormy Daniels’s claims of an affair with him are a hoax and that she, quote, ‘isn’t his type.’ And that’s ridiculous: We all know Trump’s type is whoever he’s not married to at the time.” — JAMES CORDEN

The Bits Worth Watching

Conan O’Brien admitted to Magic Johnson that he used to root for Larry Bird. “I rooted for him because he was the palest, sickest man, and he was playing in the N.B.A.,” O’Brien said.

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Even Trump’s lawyers now have to lawyer up.

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What We’re Excited About on Wednesday Night

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The always-hilarious Dana Carvey will sit down with Colbert on “The Late Show” on Wednesday.

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Roseanne Barr is back with “Roseanne,” and its portrait of working-class Americans is as topical as ever, starting with her character’s full-throated support for President Trump.

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Roseanne Barr is back. The actor and comedian spoke with our politics editor about the long-awaited return of her ABC sitcom, “Roseanne,” and her support of Trump.

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Best of Late Night: Stephen Colbert on the Stormy Daniels Interview: ‘It All Felt True’


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Stephen Colbert said Stephanie Clifford’s account on “60 Minutes” was “insane, salacious” and utterly believable.

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‘The Least Surprising Story I Have Ever Heard’

Stephen Colbert on Monday was eager to dig into Anderson Cooper’s “60 Minutes” interview with Stephanie Clifford, the former pornographic film actress known as Stormy Daniels. Colbert was thrilled to hear Clifford’s account of her alleged affair with President Trump — but even the juiciest details didn’t shock him.

“The interview covered everything: The president had sex with a porn star, she spanked him with a magazine with his face on it, he didn’t wear a condom, later they watched ‘Shark Week,’ then his lawyer paid her to keep her mouth shut, and now Trump’s suing this porn star for $20 million. It’s an insane, salacious tale about a sitting president — and the least surprising story I have ever heard.” — STEPHEN COLBERT

“It all felt real, it all felt true. That felt truer than him getting elected.” — STEPHEN COLBERT

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At one point in the interview, Clifford described turning the tables on Trump. Early in their first romantic encounter, she said, she suggested the president should stop talking about himself as much, and spanked him with a magazine featuring his photograph. After that, she said, Trump opened up to her, and started acting “more appropriate.”

“Hmm, a couple of spanks and Donald Trump started acting more appropriate. John Kelly, you know what to do.” — STEPHEN COLBERT

Trevor Noah had his own thought about who might have been watching.

“You know Bob Mueller is watching this interview, right? You know that. Now he’s going to walk into the interrogation room with a rolled-up magazine, like, ‘O.K., Donald, time to talk about Russia.’” — TREVOR NOAH

Here’s Colbert on the moment when, according to Clifford, Trump told her that she reminded him of his daughter Ivanka.

“Wow, that is awkward. But not nearly as awkward as when he said to Ivanka, ‘Honey, you remind me of this porn star I had sex with.’” — STEPHEN COLBERT

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