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As satirists once made frequent sport of Rush Limbaugh and Bill O’Reilly, today’s most tempting target is Alex Jones, the alt-right radio host and conspiracy fabricator who boasts millions of loony followers — and Stephen Colbert is on his case. And the Late Show host is especially intrigued by Jones’ latest public embarrassment, revealed in a Texas court.

“The insane radio host is in a custody battle right now, so he’s trying to prove that he’s stable enough to care for children,” notes Colbert. “Unfortunately he works in front of a camera.” The Infowars clip that Colbert plays does indeed display a screaming, demented Jones sounding “like a coked-out football coach in a police stand-off.”

It’s not a good look for an aspiring parent, but Jones’ attorney offers a creative explanation, saying his client is “a performance artist…playing a character” on his multi-media platforms.

Of course, not everyone realizes Jones is just a character, as Colbert points out — notably his biggest fan, Donald J. Trump, who appeared on Infowars during the 2016 campaign. “If Alex Jones is a character,” says Colbert, “then Trump got phished hard.”

It’s all just an excuse for Colbert to introduce “Tuck Buckford,” a nutty far-right radio jock with a striking resemblance to Jones, who shrieks: “I am a skeleton wrapped in angry meat! I am a warrior! I’m a king…Now, a word from our sponsors, self-lubricating catheters. Buy my vitamins!”

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