Friday, March 31, 2023

Colbert's studio audience gave a standing ovation when told about Trump's indictment; Kimmel's was just as loud

Happy Flashback Friday! Before I begin today's retrospective, I'm sharing Stephen Colbert's monologue about yesterday's big political news, T**** Indicted! | Disney Strips Power From DeSantis’ Oversight Board | Boebert Gets Weird.

A New York grand jury voted to indict the former president, while his Florida rival is traveling the country hunting for campaign cash, and Rep. Lauren Boebert appears fixated on public urination.
The chyron to the Colbert video I featured in Colbert and Meyers return from a week off to take closer looks at the rally in Waco and waiting for an indictment read "Arrest is yet to come." That's even more true now than it was at the beginning of the week, although it really will be a negotiated surrender, not an actual arrest; as much as my readers and I would like to see The Former Guy take a perp walk, it's not going to happen unless he changes his mind and refuses to surrender. Even that might not be enough, as Ron DeSantis has said he would not assist in any extradition. Speaking of DeSantis, Stephen's impression of Goofy's reaction to Disney subverting DeSantis's replacement for the Reedy Creek Improvement District, Disney World's own government was exactly the same as mine: "You got played!" Yes, he did.

Seth Meyers had more to say about the last topic of Colbert's monologue in Boebert Humiliated Over "Public Urination" Fixation; Trump Wants to Bomb Mexico: A Closer Look.

Seth takes a closer look at Republican congresswomen Lauren Boebert and Marjorie Taylor Greene's latest bizarre fixations and Donald Trump asking aides to draw up "battle plans" to attack Mexico if he's re-elected president.

Tonight's episode was taped prior to the news that Donald Trump was indicted by a New York Grand Jury.
"And I do mean moron" was exactly the right transition for this sketch. Returning to Stephen's joke about Einstein, not only the definition of insanity misattributed to him, "doing the same thing and expecting a different result," but also another questionable quote attributed to him, "Two things are infinite, as far as we know – the universe and human stupidity." The universe is immense, but it's not really infinite. On the other hand, Boebert is displaying an extension of human stupidity. She didn't do her research because she had committed to the narrative and didn't want to be confused by the facts. Also, this whole affair serves as another good argument for D.C. statehood.

Returning to the original topic, Jimmy Kimmel's monologue last night opened with Donald Trump INDICTED by Manhattan Grand Jury.

The day that many of us thought would never come has finally arrived as Donald Trump was indicted by the Manhattan Grand Jury for his role in the Stormy Daniels hush money case, Trump “truthed” a statement lashing out, now that he has been indicted he has no choice but to turn himself in for processing, Donald Trump Jr. jumped in with a special edition of his podcast to lament and fight back against the long arm of the law, Ivanka has vowed to stay out of all of this, when the news came in Fox was busy whining about Trans athletes in college sports, we got more insight into what went down at Fox News after the election, George Santos answered a bunch of questions on Fox News and he also has a great new product available.
Colbert's audience gave the announcement a standing ovation. Kimmel's gave their standing ovation at the beginning of the monologue, but were just as loud and enthusiastic at Kimmel announcing the news while remaining seated. Two hours plus being composed of Angelenos instead of New Yorkers might have made the difference.
That's as close to a perp walk as we're going to see. Also, "jail to the chief" is a great line, but it's going to be a while. I expect he'll be sentenced to house arrest in Trump Tower with the Secret Service as his guards, at least for this set of crimes. He might get a more severe punishment if he's indicted and convicted for crimes in Georgia and Washington, D.C. As for the other Republican politician being lampooned, I'm repeating what I wrote most recently in Randy Rainbow sings 'Life's a (bleep)ing Fantasy for Santos' on Flashback Friday: "My prediction that, as long as George Santos remains in the news, he will be an inspiration for comedy continues to come true."

No post of mine about TFG's criminal behavior would be complete without a mention of January 6th, so I'm returning to Stephen's monologue related to that, Pence Ordered to Testify | School Bans Dolly Parton’s “Rainbowland” | Gwyneth’s Rectal Ozone Therapy.

Forcing former VP Pence to testify about the Jan 6th insurrection is good for the country, unlike banning kids from singing Dolly Parton songs or copying Gwyneth Paltrow by getting ozone gas blown up where the sun doesn't shine.
I'll wait to see what effect Vice President Pence's testimony has on the investigation. In the meantime, follow over the jump for the top posts about the January 6th insurrection and the investigation into it.

Four of last year's most read entries on the topic of January 6th featured Stephen Colbert. Colbert's live monologue plus Chris Hayes after eighth January 6th Committee hearing from July 22, 2022, was the most read of them, ending the blogging year with ~1,830 default and 2,186 raw page views, placing it sixth by default page views, seventh among entries posted between March 21, 2022 and March 20, 2023 by raw page views, and eighth overall. It earned the bulk of its page views when shared it at the Coffee Party USA Facebook page, accumulating ~1,800 default and 1,842 raw page views by the end of July 2022, making it the most read entry of the month. It ended the year with ~1,830 default and 2,173 raw page views.

The next most read entry about January 6th was Colbert, Meyers, and Kimmel take closer looks at yesterday's January 6th hearing, posted October 14, 2022. That ended the blogging year with ~1,090 default and 1,253 raw page views, ranking it twelfth overall by both default and raw page views and 21st by raw page views among all entries during the twelfth year of this blog. I shared this at the Coffee Party USA Facebook page, earning it 917 default and 1,094 raw page views, enough for it to be the most read entry posted that month according to both measures, and the second most read overall according to raw page views. It ended calendar year 2022 with ~1,080 default and 1,232 raw page views. As the image above shows, it has continued to gain page views since.

Stephen Colbert on missing Trump White House phone records and Ginni Thomas's texts updates the attempt to overturn the 2020 election, posted exactly one year ago on March 31, 2022, is the next most read entry related to January 6th. Like all the rest of today's top entries, I shared it at the Coffee Party USA Facebook page, but during April 2022, resulting in 839 default and 1,043 raw page views, placing it second overall for the month by both measures. The post continued to attract readers, ending calendar year 2022 with ~1,040 default and 1,191 raw page views, and the blogging year with ~1,050 default and 1,218 raw page views. According to default page views, it ranked 13th. According to raw page views, it ranked 14th among entries posted during the twelfth year of the blog and 23rd overall.

Stephen Colbert's live monologue following the January 6th Committee hearing from June 10, 2022 was the fourth most read entry featuring Colbert's monologues about January 6th. I shared the link at the Coffee Party USA Facebook page, contributing to the 726 default and 877 raw page views it earned during June 2022, placing it first by all measures that month. The post continued earning page views, ending calendar year 2022 with 859 default and 964 raw page views. While default page views held at 859, raw page views rose to 975 by the end of the blogging year, good enough for 16th place according to default page views, 25th among entries posted during the twelfth year of this blog and 34th overall according to raw page views. It's gained two more page views since, as the above image shows.

The most read entry about January 6th during the blogging year just ended did not feature Colbert. Instead it was Desi Lydic, an Emmy-nominated performer, Foxsplains the January 6th Committee Hearings, written on August 8, 2022. It was the number one post of August 2022, earning ~1,860 default and 2,114 raw page views that month after I shared it at the Coffee Party USA Facebook page. It continued gaining page views, ending calendar year 2022 with ~2,110 default and 2,201 raw page views, and blogging year twelve with the same ~2,110 default but 2,228 raw page views, good enough to rank fifth according to default page views, sixth among entries posted during the previous blogging year and seventh overall accoring to raw page views. It was also one of three pins from the current blogging year saved during September 2022. Look for me to recycle this paragraph when I write about top posts covering awards shows.

Finally, 'SNL' opens by spoofing the last January 6th Committee hearing tied for second most saved pin during October 2022 with two saves and was one of two pins saved from the current blogging year and the only pin saved from October 2022. I plan on recycling this on Sunday, when I plan on writing about the top posts featuring "Saturday Night Live." In the meantime, watch for a bonus retrospective tomorrow about the most read, saved, and tweeted posts about holidaysno fooling!

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