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Monday, December 09, 2019

Late Night Round-Up: State Of The Union

On The Daily Show, Jon Stewart looked at not only the State of the Union, but the even stranger ritual of the opposition response speech — and the fact that so many politicians are eager to deliver a speech that pretty much always turns out badly. And so a special award was rolled out: The “Implody.” And this year, the competition sure was fierce.

And on The Nightly Show, Larry Wilmore and his panel pivoted off the State of the Union speech to examine President Obama himself and the American public’s views of him ever since 2008 — both in terms of race, and the various ways that people on either the left or the right have read into him what they wanted to see (or wanted to demonize).

Conan O’Brien’s pointed to some of the key moments of the State of the Union address:

Bill Gates appeared on The Tonight Show, to demonstrate with Jimmy Fallon his latest humanitarian project: A machine that can easily and inexpensively purify sewage into drinkable water for underdeveloped countries — complete with a taste test.

And on a lighter topic — football — Jimmy Kimmel brought on a special expert to analyze the “deflated balls” scandal from the New England Patriots game: Popular sex commentator Dr. Drew Pinsky.

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