I like Stephen Colbert.
That is perhaps an understatement given the fact that I have watched nearly all the opening monologues on his show, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, for over a year now.
I can’t help myself. Watching Colbert in the morning is far more entertaining, although admittedly, perhaps not as informative, as listening to the Today Programme.
And as one might expect from an American comedian, he has a passionate hatred for all things Donald Trump. Ever since his first ever episode, the current US President has been a source of ridicule for Colbert. I, along with many others I am sure, find much entertainment in the continued criticism and nicknaming of Trump and his associates. I still chuckle at the mockery of: “Former White House Press Secretary and bleached Minion, Sean Spicer.”
However, as much as I hate to admit it, Colbert is unfortunately a bit too much at times. Now I know that Trump is a man who should be scrutinized. He’s the President of the United States of America, it comes with the job. But seriously, the man is one tweet away from a nuclear apocalypse. The slandering is justifiable even if some of the terms that Colbert uses aren’t. Back in May, Colbert landed himself in some controversy after calling out Trump directly and saying: “In fact the only thing your mouth is good for, is being Vladimir Putin’s c**k holster.”
But it isn’t the phrases that Colbert uses that put me off. The quality of his jokes are usually great. The quantity less so. In Colbert’s very first show in November 2015, Colbert jokingly said: “I promise you, just like the rest of media, I will be covering all the Presidential candidates, who are Donald Trump.”
It’s safe to assume that Colbert (along with pretty much everyone else in the world), didn’t expect Trump to still be relevant today so decided to cover his campaign above the other candidates. Unfortunately, that means we’ve had nothing but Trump on his show. And unfortunately, I’m getting a little tired of it.
It’s like when you watch a movie you really like multiple times. The more and more you view it, the less entertaining it becomes. Once you know all the lines there really isn’t much point in carrying on watching it.
Obviously, Trump’s presidency is not over and there will be plenty more monologues to come from Colbert as we continue into 2018. And undoubtedly, I will continue to watch him, especially when the Today Programme becomes unbearable. I can only hope that Colbert at the very least changes up the format of The Late Show.
One of my favourite shows on TV right now is The Last Leg. The Channel 4 surprise sensation, provides a comical round up of the week's news and often explores little and unknown stories as well as tackling the big issues. But The Last Leg offers something that Colbert does not. Whilst Colbert seems to have an endless stamina for talking about Trump, The Last Leg in my opinion have accurately reflected the mood of the public in their coverage by stating numerous times they are bored of talking about Trump, as well as many other issues, notably Brexit. On the anniversary of his Presidential win in November, any news of Trump was deliberately omitted from their show, bar one small announcement about the anniversary.
What Colbert could learn from The Last Leg, is just to take a break from Trump and focus on other things. There are some far more interesting and far more funnier stories that could be the focus of his monologues. Perhaps it is harder for Colbert because he is hosting an American TV show and therefore his audience will want to hear about the news in their country over something like Brexit for example. But still just a little break from Trump wouldn’t hurt. I do hope Colbert would consider some changes in 2018.
Because I like him. And I don’t like Trump. And I don’t want that to change.