Stephen Colbert has provided liberal commentary for a long time and has quite the history in showbiz. He got his start at famous improv club Second City, then moved into “The Daily Show” under John Stewart before branching out and founding “The Colbert Report,” where he played an over-the-top conservative who broke even the toughest guests into laughter.
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During the campaign trail, transition period and presidency, the “Late Show” host has blasted President Trump with a fervor that one can only characterize as “impassioned.” On Tuesday night’s show, he wrote a series of Valentine’s Day cards from former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, including one addressed to Vladimir Putin that read, “we go together like peanut butter and treason.”
While Colbert has garnered laughs at the commander-in-chief’s expense, he might want to tip his cap to the White House for what critics and ratings-watchers are calling a “Trump bump.”
“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” has long ruled the late-night time slot, but as Colbert’s relentless lampooning of the administration has continued, he has drawn viewers en masse. Variety reports that while Fallon dominates the coveted 18-49 demographic, Colbert’s wide audience has overtaken his less partisan colleague.
Saturday Night Live has also experienced the “Trump bump” — Rare reported that they are enjoying their best season in 22 years. While Fallon will likely overtake Colbert in the coming weeks, he is certainly noticing the change in mood among viewers. His monologues have become significantly more edgy, and he’s been trying out a Donald Trump impression of his own.