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The comedy of late night TV is always known for its various takes on the political world. If there’s one thing that was needed throughout this election, it was laughs. With the heavy topics that were being covered on a daily basis, it was relaxing to be able to sit down at the end of the day and watch people make fun of it all.
On the night of voting, some shows went live, such as The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and The Daily Show with Trevor Noah. Because these were being recorded during the counting of the votes, it was captivating to watch the reactions of the hosts as some very unexpected results unfolded.
Other shows waited until after the results to broadcast their take on it. Seth Meyers, who is known for his segment “A Closer Look”, which gives commentary on recent affairs, gave a lengthy speech on how he felt about all of this.
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While Seth adds his usual witty flare to the serious occurrences being described in the segment, he also gives us some moments of raw emotion. At one point, he states, “I felt a lot of emotions last night and into today. Some sadness, some anger, some fear, but I’m also aware that those are the same emotions a lot of Trump supporters felt, emotions that led them to make their choice, and it would be wrong for me to think my emotions are somehow more authentic than their emotions.” He speaks about how we should all have empathy for one another, and that is how we can be on the way to creating a better society. Even though Seth offered us some good laughs, he also offered some important ideas for us to keep in mind going forward.
The Late Late Show’s James Corden also gave his take on the election results. He kept it mostly lighthearted, which is definitely an accomplishment based on how high the emotions have been running lately.
Towards the end, James gets a bit sentimental. He tells us to keep in mind, “Now is the time, more than ever, to remember our values. This country isn’t about one election result; this country is about the people who live here. It’s you, it’s how you treat one another, it’s the tone you set that will define who we are.”
This is a critical message to live by in this time of seemingly constant battling, and although James made us giggle by recalling that “no matter who you voted for, the important thing is that you all got stickers”, his point about being kind and accepting is the one that should stick with us.
Of course, Saturday Night Live had their say about the outcome. Their approach differed from most others, partially because it was done through the medium of song.
Some may say this interpretation is too dramatic, but it was an emotional farewell to Kate Mckinnon’s Hillary character as well as Leonard Cohen, who recently passed away. At the end, Kate (Hillary) declares, “I’m not giving up, and neither should you.” This is yet another vital message to keep in mind at this time.
Even though we know that we can count on late night comedy to bring us amusement, it is now also apparent that it can offer some uplifting insight to those who are feeling down.