Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Meyers, Colbert, Kimmel, Corden, and Fallon take closer looks at 'another perfect call'

I tried but failed to avoid the biggest political story of the weekend in yesterday's 3 million have already voted in the Georgia runoff elections where Biden, Harris, and Trump are campaigning.
I couldn't escape Trump calling the Georgia Secretary of State, which most of my fellow liberal and progressive bloggers are jumping on. I will say that I've seen this movie before, as it looks like a sequel to the phone call that got Trump impeached. Some people never change and Trump is one of them.
Part of it was sheer exhaustion at Trump's ridiculous yet criminal behavior. As I've written many times the past two months, "I'm looking forward to not having to pay attention to Donald Trump again. I'll just have to wait until January 20, 2021 for that to be completely true." The other part was that I knew exactly who could express my thoughts and feelings and I was waiting for them to chime in. Yes, folks, it's time for the late night talk show hosts.

Seth Meyers kicks off today's recap of last night's monologues with Trump’s Phone Call with Georgia Election Officials Could Be a Crime: A Closer Look.

Seth takes a closer look at President Trump trying his hardest to get impeached again and prosecuted after he pressured the Georgia secretary of state to overturn election results.
When Bob Woodward Carl Bernstein says something is worse than Watergate, I believe him. He'd know. Also, I don't think of Seth as physical comedian, but Trump certainly inspired some of his best body language comedy I've ever seen from him. As for Seth saying that Republicans are a threat to democracy, that reminds me that the most popular post people were perusing from the past last Friday was Keith Olbermann thinks Trump is a threat to democracy. Keith was right.

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert dedicated two segments to the call, beginning with last night's cold open, The President Just Called To Steal The Election.

In his now-infamous call with Georgia election officials, the president went for the high notes to make his case.
LOL, pitch perfect parody, pun intended!

Then Stephen launched into his monologue, Another Perfect Call: The President's Desperate Attempts To Steal The Election Continue.

Stephen Colbert returns for his first monologue of 2021 and dives right into the maelstrom surrounding the president's shady phone call to Georgia election officials.
As for 2021 being different from 2020, so far, no. That might have to wait until January 20th at the earliest and more likely spring, as I wrote in More than 20 million COVID-19 cases and 350,000 deaths in U.S., the first pandemic update of 2021.

Follow over the jump for the rest of last night's monologues about the call.

If Meyers and Colbert are on a topic, Jimmy Kimmel and his writers will be all over it as well. Watch Donald Trump Makes Another Perfect Phone Call. I'm not the only one who thought I had seen this movie before.

Jimmy talks about doing the show at his house again due to the virus taking up permanent residence in Los Angeles, the New Year’s Eve bash at Mar-A-Lago with Donald Trump Jr., Rudy Giuliani & Vanilla Ice, Donald Trump’s pathetic phone call to the Georgia Secretary of State, a new show on NBC starring our dear misleader, the premiere episode of “The Bachelor,” and Jimmy’s wife Molly gives her Bachelor picks with help from their six-year-old daughter Jane.
LOL, that'a great fake call to QVC, but it wasn't far enough off the mark. It turned out "Trump phoned in to a Zoom call with legislators from the battleground states of Arizona, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin late Saturday to talk about allegations of voter fraud in the presidential election." Yikes! "The Sorest Loser" indeed!

Kimmel wasn't the only host to return home to host his show. James Corden did as well, opening the year from his garage studio in Trump Tried to Shakedown Some Georgia Fellas.

James Corden kicks off 2021 back in his garage as a safety precaution with COVID-19 cases surging in Los Angeles and he dives into the recording of President Donald Trump and Georgia election officials, in which Trump pressures them to change the outcome of the election. And James finds his limit with the inclusion of "Amen and A woman" at the end of an opening prayer to swear in the new Congress.
Looks like the COVID-19 pandemic is getting to James and his band, just like it's getting to Kimmel and his family. Kimmel's daughter Jane suggested a "this virus sucks party." Kimmel should invite Corden and his band. I think they agree with the sentiment. They're punchy enough and fed up with staying home to avoid the plague, too.

On the other hand, Jimmy Fallon is still in his New York studio, where he was more energetic in Trump’s Desperate Call to Georgia Secretary of State.

Jimmy addresses Trump telling Georgia's secretary of state he wants to "find" 11,780 votes in a last-ditch attempt to overturn the 2020 presidential election.
As I wrote in Michigan hearing goes viral as Corden, Kimmel, Fallon, and Colbert spread the laughter, "I rarely [include] Jimmy Fallon in my summaries — he's not pointed enough" — but this exactly the kind of silliness I needed to watch after seeing Kimmel and especially Corden get bummed out after having to work from home again while still trying to make jokes about Trump and the pandemic. At least Colbert never left his house, so he's not depressed about it.

Speaking of working from home, it's time I started doing that. See you all tomorrow!

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