Iran was a big story this past week, the kind I'd like to take with either a dose of comedy or of oil. I feel like laughing at the terrifying possibility that the U.S. nearly went to war with Iran right now, so I'm going to do something I haven't done since April, check in with the late night comedians who aren't on HBO. I begin with the first to broadcast, Trevor Noah with Trump Brings U.S. to Brink of War with Iran.
Trump calls off a military strike against Iran minutes before launch, raising questions about when he was briefed on key issues surrounding the decision.Noah may have been the earliest comedian last night to mock Trump's mercurial decision-making, but he wasn't the last. Stephen Colbert kept it up, along with realizing that he actually had to admit that Trump did the right thing after first approving a bad idea in Trump Was 'Cocked And Loaded' To Strike Iran.
The President said the United States was 'cocked and loaded' to retaliate against Iran. That's not the expression.First, Noah called a drone a flying dildo, then Colbert made a thinly disguised dick joke. At least Seth Meyers kept it clean by turning it into a movie joke in Trump Almost Started a War with Iran: A Closer Look.
Seth takes a closer look at President Trump creating a bunch of problems and then turning around and pretending he “solved” those problems.Both Colbert and Meyers connected Trump's actions on Iran with those on illegal immigration. I think that's a good insight, even if it's an easy one. It reminds me that Samantha Bee is more likely to come up with unique comedic takes on situations than her male colleagues, although I might save her for a reaction to the debates, which start tomorrow. Time to find drinks and drinking games for the candidates!