Comedy Stephen Colbert

Announcing: an Announcement!

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

In case you missed it last night, the gods of comedy have blessed us with a Stephen Colbert parody of Donald Trump's presidential announcement.

"I agree with Donald that America is dead, buried in a coffin in salted Earth with our enemies pissing on it."

I watched this twice last night and once this morning and it still slays me. It's every bit as contradictory, incoherent, and whimsical as the real thing.

"Do a magic trick!"

"Oh my god! How'd you do that?"

  • muselet

    Stephen Colbert did an admirable job of lampooning Donald Trump’s announcement speech and Jon Stewart neatly deconstructed Trump’s underlying attitudes, but ultimately, he is unmockable.

    Take away the tics and the condescension and the rich-white-guy sneering, and Trump simply vanishes. That’s all he is, a humorless collection of affectations surrounding an ego as big as all outdoors.

    There is no there there.

    If the short-fingered vulgarian weren’t devoid of self-awareness, he would consciously try to tone down the more rococo aspects of his personality, the way most politicians learn to do. The tension between what a politician is allowed to say or do and what she wants to say or do is where the comedy comes from.

    But The Donald is devoid of self-awareness, and that’s the problem. He says stupid things and so is unintentionally funny: point a camera at him and wait five minutes, you’ll find a laugh. Tweak his posturings and he erupts in disproportionate fury. That is, as I keep saying, good fun, but that’s the only reaction any comedian can possibly get. It’s a reliable laugh, but it’s not enough. After a week or so of Trump’s candidacy, the loudest sound coming from the writers’ rooms of late-night comedy shows will be screams of frustration.

    I hope I’m wrong.


    • aynwrong

      Lewis Black summed it up last night on Larry Wilmore. When asked how he felt he said (I’m paraphrasing) Someone hold a sword, I’ll run at it.”

    • JMAshby

      Unmockable? I don’t know. We seem to be off to a great start.

      • muselet

        Sure, because Donald Trump is ridiculous. I’m just wondering if it’s sustainable.


    • Victor the Crab

      Sometimes I wonder if billionaires like Trump and Mitt Romney act this clueless because in reality they spend their nights fighting crime and saving lives as Batman?

      • muselet

        MItt Romney would simply send Alfred to do the crime-fighting and Donald Trump could never get his enormous melon into the batsuit’s cowl even without dislodging the tribble (and I don’t even want to imagine either of them in what Wikipedia calls “a skintight gray body suit”).

        I sense a flaw in your theory.


        • Victor the Crab

          Yeah, you’re probably right. What was I thinking?