CBS late-night host Stephen Colbert took time off from the Trump jokes and got real about his views on Donald Trump during a live appearance Saturday before a crowd of a few hundred people at the Vulture Festival.
Colbert “described the professional and emotional exhaustion of trying to perform nightly comedy in the chaos of the Trump era,” The Washington Post reports.
“It’s all so petty and venal, and there’s nothing grand about it,” Colbert said. “It’s not Shakespearean at all. It’s ‘Veep.’”
Colbert was interviewed by Frank Rich, an executive producer on “Veep.”
Colbert recounted the painful experience of hosting a live election night special on Showtime after preparing material based on the expectation that Hillary Clinto would be elected.
He said it was some of “the most bizarre live television I’ve ever been a part of.”
Colbert recalled that about 20 minutes into the election night show he had a conversation off screen with a producer who said: “No more jokes. Stop with the jokes.”
Since Colbert’s “Late Show” ratings have surged in recent months, Rich asked whether on some level Colbert might be secretly glad Trump won the election. “No,” Colbert answered. “We don’t approach Donald Trump as, like, ‘What a wonderful, cheesy gravy meal we have for you today.’ ”
The Post adds: “He described the country, under Trump, as on fire. The comedian, in this analogy, was ‘a guy who dances next to the fire and says, “Let’s all admit this is on fire.”’”