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#EndorseThis: Stephen Colbert And John Oliver, Together Again — But Alone

It’s lonely to host a late-night show from isolation – no audience, no band, and no live guests. And nobody understands that loneliness better than a fellow host, which may be why Stephen Colbert brought on his old Comedy Central buddy John Oliver for a remote visit.

Naturally, the pals started snapping on each other immediately, with Oliver mocking Colbert’s bosses at CBS for bleeping any mild obscenity he might utter (unlike HBO management, where the policy is far more liberated). Then Stephen tries to prove he can curse, too.

While Stephen says he is rediscovering old skills, like changing a bicycle tire, John confesses that to create a TV show from home, with toddlers underfoot, makes him feel like he’s drowning. “And now HBO knows you don’t need a set,” quips Colbert.

And they go on. It’s a charming, hilariously funny inside view of what this moment is like for Oliver and Colbert.

#EndorseThis: Colbert Declares ‘Constitutional Crisis’ — With Comic Relief

The constitutional catastrophe we’ve expected ever since November 2016 is finally here, as Stephen Colbert intones gravely. But if we have to endure Trump’s continuing assault on American values, at least we should get a few laughs.

Precipitating the crisis was the White House announcement that nobody in the administration will cooperate with the House impeachment inquiry into Trump’s felonious phone conversation with Ukraine’s president. (According to Colbert, Trump wants to help but has developed “phone spurs.”)

Delivered in an “officially bitchy letter” to Congressional Democrats, the White House declaration is full of “bonkers arguments” that Colbert proceeds to dismantle. We can laugh at their idiocy, of course, while understanding just how deeply untruthful and undemocratic this regime is.

Somehow both Captain America and the Lollipop Guild figure in Colbert’s version, too.

So just click for that interlude of comic relief.

#EndorseThis: Is The Mueller Report Really About To Drop?

Is the Mueller investigation maybe, possibly, definitely — or definitely not — nearing a conclusion? Like every other patriotic American, Stephen Colbert awaits the “Mueller Report” in a state of near-manic anxiety.

And like every news organization, he is parsing all of the paltry clues emanating from the Office of Special Counsel. The difference is, he’s funny.

We think the investigation will be going on for a while more, but you can try to read the tea leaves too.

Click, learn, and laugh.

#EndorseThis: On Trump’s Caravan Of Lies, “There’s No Proof Of Anything”

When Stephen Colbert reviews the latest Trump effusions, he often goes a little deeper. Like when the president, in defending his demagogic uproar about that “caravan” in Central America, warned that suspicious characters of “Middle Eastern” origin were infiltrating across the border.

Citing his own supposed contacts with the Border Patrol, Trump said they had intercepted “wonderful people from the Middle East and some bad ones. They’ve intercepted wonderful people from South America. And from other parts, further south.”

This puzzles both Stephen and bandleader Jon Batiste. Further south than South America? “Oh my God!” exclaims the host. “Did Border Patrol arrest terror penguins?” There’s even photographic proof.

Well, actually, “there’s no proof…there’s no proof of anything,” as Trump ultimately concedes. But that doesn’t stop or even slow him down. He’s promising a tax cut “before November but after the election.”

It’s hilarious that this individual is president. In a very sick way.

Just click.