Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Trump Wimps Out. (Again)

Watch Stephen Colbert Fake-Interview Donald Trump 

Slate  by Matthew Dessem May 1, 2017

Published on May 1, 2017
In his exclusive and totally not-edited conversation with the Trump, Stephen asks the President about his first 100 days in office. 1 min. 23 secs. 

Airing a fake interview with Donald Trump on the same day a real interview ended with Trump throwing a reporter out of the Oval Office seems like a comedy suicide mission: Things are so far beyond parody, why bother? But Stephen Colbert gave it a go on Monday, when The Late Show With Stephen Colbert ran a “one-on-one interview” between himself and the president. It’s not as funny as watching Trump end a real-life interview the second he gets a line of questioning he doesn’t like, but it’s also not as existentially terrifying. In fact, it’s Trump’s friendliest press appearance since going on Fallon. 

"That’s Enough, Thank You" Trump Abruptly Ends Interview with John Dickerson. 

Published on May 1, 2017
President Trump cut off an Oval Office interview with CBS anchor John Dickerson and gestured for him to leave the room when Dickerson repeatedly asked about the president's wiretapping concerns.

The technique of cutting a fake interviewer into genuine sound or video clips is one of the few comedy techniques to make the jump from wacky morning DJ shows to late night, and it’s having a bit of a revival right now: Seth Meyers has been doing this recently with Sean Spicer’s press conference to great effect, and it’s not Colbert’s first outing either. Meyers’ version is more elaborate (extras!) and more vulgar—he always ends the bit by asking, “How’s the president’s penis?” (Spicer: “Historically faulty.”)  Still, whoever edited Colbert’s version absolutely aced it—the timing on Trump’s answers to Colbert’s questions about nuclear war is exquisite. On the other hand, if you want to transport viewers to a world where Donald Trump gives nonsensical, uninformed answers to basic questions, do you really need a special effects budget?

As a depressing bonus, and further motivation for Slate readers to invent a time machine and save us all (one of you is working on this, right?) here’s Colbert really interviewing Trump, back when his presidency seemed impossible.

Donald Trump Has Nothing to Apologize For  The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

Published on Sep 23, 2015
Stephen apologizes to Donald Trump for the mean things he's said about him over the years, and gives him the opportunity to apologize as well. Nope.  4 min. 19 sec.

Matthew Dessem is Brow Beat’s nights and weekends editor and the author of a biography of screenwriter and director Clyde Bruckman.

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