Monday, January 24

Stephen Colbert: ‘Even the coronavirus is launching a sequel’ | Late night TV overview


Stephen Colbert

Stephen Colbert kicked off Monday’s Late Show with troubling updates on the coronavirus, as cases spiked across all 50 states over the past week. The increase is largely due to the more transmissible Delta variant, which “sounds like a fraternity that is a vector of disease,” he said. “So … a frat house.”

The increase has prompted Los Angeles County to reinstate indoor mask requirements regardless of vaccination status. “Typical of Los Angeles, even the virus is launching a sequel.”

The vast majority of infections have been among the unvaccinated, adding pressure on the Biden administration to combat vaccine doubt fueled by rampant misinformation online, particularly on Facebook. This week, U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murphy warned that disinformation is a “serious threat to public health”.

“It makes you miss the old days when Facebook’s primary function was to help you find unflattering photos of your ex’s new boyfriend,” Colbert added.

The virus has also threatened the Olympics on the eve of their start in Tokyo; on Monday, the number of Olympics-related Covid cases rose to 61. “I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again: it was wrong to make tonsil hockey an Olympic sport,” Colbert said. “At this rate, there will be no healthy human being left to compete in the games.”

“The organizers of the Olympic Games are doing everything possible to prevent the spread of Covid,” he added, as rumors circulated that the International Olympic Committee equipped the Olympic Village with “anti-sex” beds designed to collapse under the weight of more than one person. “Yeah, because we know that if there’s one thing world-class athletes can’t do it’s have sex in unusual positions,” Colbert joked.

Later fact checkers discredited rumors against sex, claiming that the beds were made of cardboard so they could be recycled into paper products after the Olympics. “I can’t wait six months to read the toilet paper labels that say ‘made from a 100% recycled Olympic sex bed,'” Colbert joked. “And athletes, remember: if you’re recycling, you have to break your Olympic bed of sex.”

Seth meyers

On Late Night, Seth Meyers discussed a report that Donald Trump has had trouble selling advance tickets to a series of rallies with former Fox News host Bill O’Reilly. In Orlando, where the duo will host an event on Dec. 12 at the 20,000-capacity Amway Center, a box office clerk he told Politico that “there are still many open entrances. We have shows that are doing much better than this. “

“I’m sure they do,” Meyers said. “First of all, it’s in Orlando. There are a lot of theme parks. Why go on a Trump / O’Reilly history tour when you can learn more about American history in the Hall of Presidents or even Space Mountain? Hell, even Sea World would be a better use of your time. Either way, you’ll be in the splash zone. “

“Who the hell wants to go see a historic tour with a disgraced former cable news anchor and a man who was just quoted as saying ‘I think it would be difficult if George Washington came back from the dead and chose Abraham’ Lincoln as his vice president. I think it would be very difficult for them to beat me. ‘

“A tour of history with Trump is like the opposite of a Ken Burns documentary,” he added. “Let’s remember, Trump thought that Frederick Douglass was still alive and he thought that the civil war happened for no reason.”

In response to Politico’s story, O’Reilly, who was fired from Fox News in 2017 after the network paid $ 32 million To resolve a sexual harassment claim, he threatened to sue the reporter and called the low ticket sales “bullshit.” When asked how many tickets were sold, he said he did not know.

“It’s nice to know that O’Reilly hasn’t relaxed one bit given all that time to relax after he got drunk,” Meyers said blankly. “I guess a part of me thought that when they force you out and publicly disgrace you like O’Reilly did, you could start practicing yoga or meditation. Although even if he did, he would probably still do it in anger. “

“It makes sense for ticket sales to be slow, because even people who want to go see Trump don’t want a history conference,” Meyers continued. “They want him to get on stage and talk nonsense about the celebrities he met in 1982.”


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