• State of the Union: Late night hosts clap back at Donald Trump

    Late night comics responded quickly to President Donald Trump’s second State of the Union address on Tuesday. Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Kimmel, Seth Meyers, Jimmy Fallon, James Corden, and Trevor Noah all took turns jabbing at the tempered speech shortly after it aired.

    In Trump’s State of the Union speech, the president took a hard line on immigration, despite his apparent theme of unity. The comedians took a hard line against the president with some common themes including his crooked tie, his signature voice, and his attempt to rhyme.

    Late Show with Stephen Colbert

    Colbert launched straight into a 15-minute monologue on the speech, with references to everything from hamburgers to Melania. The crowd went wild at the end when Colbert gave his own version of Trump’s closing line, “I am asking you to choose greatness, no matter the trials we face.” Colbert ended his monologue with, “I choose you face a trial, because that would be great.”

    Late Night with Seth Meyers

    Meyers executed a 13-minute long A Closer Look segment at his desk. He provided an in-depth recap of the 80-minute speech, the third-longest State of the Union ever. His analysis touched on everything from pageant moms, to Monopoly cards, to a crazy man yelling on the subway.

    The Daily Show with Trevor Noah

    In a special live show called State of the Union 2019: Uncancelled, Noah destroyed the speech step-by-step in a 12-minute desk segment. Noah provided at least one compliment to the President: When he complimented Trump’s reading skills (compared to a second grader). He also commented on Trump’s special guests, such as a bullied child with the last name Trump.

    Jimmy Kimmel Live!

    In Kimmel’s tight 6-minute monologue, he remarked that, “I wasn’t so sure about this guy but all of a sudden, I am sold!” He also showed an image of Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi supposedly clapping at Trump. The iconic photo from the State of the Union quickly became a meme. In Kimmel’s world, the President entered the room like a wrestler where the speech was sponsored by KFC Cheetos Chicken Sandwich.

    The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

    Fallon gave a quick 5-minute monologue on the State of the Union. He compared the speech to Sunday’s Super Bowl and showed some imaginary responses to the speech from networks such as Bravo and HGTV.

    Late Late Show with James Corden

    Corden spent three minutes of his monologue covering the President’s 2019 State of the Union. Corden pondered the possibility of Trump building a human wall and showed the Adam Levine-President Trump tattooed crossover that no one wanted to see.

    Mary Stevens

    Mary Stevens is a stand-up comedy enthusiast. She is a huge fan of live stand-up comedy and produces a show in her backyard in Hermosa Beach, CA. Her show has featured comics from Netflix, Comedy Central, HBO, Showtime and SNL, as well as up-and-coming comics. She is active on Twitter and Instagram @hermosabchmary.

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