Trump at 100 Days: How Each Late-Night Host Has Covered (and Mocked) the President

6:30 AM 4/28/2017

by Jennifer Konerman

This special edition of Late-Night Lately takes a look back at the most memorable moments about President Trump on late-night television.

The Hollywood Reporter's Late-Night Lately is a one-stop shop for all of the most memorable moments of late-night TV, coming to you each week to ease you into your weekend.

For this special edition, Late-Night Lately takes a look back at just a few of the funniest, strangest and most poignant ways the late-night hosts covered and poked fun at President Donald Trump's first 100 days in office, from alter-egos to "closer looks" and wild conspiracy theories. 

  • Conan

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    TBS' Conan O'Brien, though not necessarily known as a political comedian, did make one major move this year when he took his show down to Mexico for his latest international special, which aired March 1. 

    O'Brien explained that he chose Mexico for the episode to "take things in a more positive direction" after Trump's rhetoric about building a wall to keep out "bad hombres." While there, the host tried his hand at wrestling and telenovela acting before he solicited donations for Trump's border wall from Mexican people, who largely spat at the idea. 

    As O'Brien played the ignorant tourist, he pretended to be shocked when he saw that no one intended to pay for Trump's wall. "We've been had! That guy's a dishonest businessman!"

  • The Daily Show With Trevor Noah

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    Trevor Noah has been tough on the president since his inauguration, taking on everyone in the White House including Sean Spicer, Jared Kushner, Steve Bannon and Kellyanne Conway. 

    He often can't contain all the news in the day, so Noah hosts a segment called "Ain't Nobody Got Time for That," briefly explaining Trump's latest comments or executive order. 

    But one of his best moments of reacting to Trump was in a video called "President Trump's Bats**t Press Conference," in which Noah breaks down the contentious February news conference held by Trump and ridiculed by many late-night hosts. Noah had to calmly explain that while he had a "really nice show" planned, but then, "Hurricane Trump happened. Again." 

  • Full Frontal With Samantha Bee

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    Samantha Bee has not backed down in her criticism of Trump and his cabinet since he's taken office, but her by-far most memorable bits about the president over the past few months is her "100 percent valid theory" that Trump can't read. 

    It all started back in October, which she kicked off with a segment, "after seeing how easy and fun it is to take random scraps of evidence and spin them into ridiculous conspiracy theories." She decided to try it herself with a video called "A Totally Real, 100% Valid Theory." She has brought up this theory on numerous occasions, noting when he can't seem to name his favorite book or seems to avoid reading legal documents aloud. 

    The bit has continued and made its way into several segments on Full Frontal that covered the president's subsequent missteps since becoming POTUS. 

  • Jimmy Kimmel Live!

    Jimmy Kimmel has managed to get in his Trump digs during monologues and "Lie Witness News" segments (as well as his Academy Awards hosting gig), though the climax of Kimmel's Trump mockery may have been when he declared a February episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live! to be "Trump-Free," ignoring the president completely. 

    Kimmel explained, to loud applause, that he decided to have a Trump-Free Tuesday because, quite simply, "I need a break from it, to be honest with you." 

    The rule of the night was that if anyone "says the name of the orange-colored man with the Russian boyfriend," they had to put money in the jar topped with a blonde wig. 

  • Last Week Tonight With John Oliver

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    John Oliver has not been one to shy away from his thoughts on Trump. The president has been a regular topic on the HBO show since his famous "Make Donald Drumpf Again" segment last summer, but since POTUS officially took office, Oliver has tried his best to avoid the topic — with varying degrees of success. 

    When Last Week Tonight returned for its fourth season in February, before he took on Trump's wiretap claims, which Oliver dubbed "Stupid Watergate," Oliver was more than ready to tackle President Trump's first days in office. 

    Upon his return, Oliver addressed "the concept of reality itself" under President Trump, as the president has "made it clear that reality is not important to him," and his "relationship with the truth" should worry Americans. 

    He unveiled a commercial created by his staff, set to air on shows the president watches like Fox & Friends, "to educate Donald Trump one by one on topics we're pretty sure he doesn't know about" — namely the nuclear triad, climate change and general selfishness. 

  • Late Night With Seth Meyers

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    Seth Meyers' "Closer Look" segment has become more and more focused on the president in the past few months, examining everything from his inauguration crowds and his relationship with Fox News to Trump's media criticism at large.

    Though Meyers is known for delivering these segments with a smile and a wink, one example of when Meyers got more argumentative in these segments is the video entitled "Can We Believe Anything Trump Says?" this March. In it, Meyers examines Trump's way of "undermining the press" and the president's tendency to believe things only when they back up his own agenda. 

  • The Late Show With Stephen Colbert

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    Stephen Colbert has done everything in his power at his new home of CBS to mock the president, from bringing back his Colbert Report alter-ego to presenting Trump in cartoon form and letting Jon Stewart do some of his dirty work. 

    Some of his most sly moments poking fun at Trump are in the alternative names he's chosen to call POTUS and his cabinet, which he slips in alongside their official titles (like "Trump son in law and leader of the preppy camp across the lake, Jared Kushner" or "Attorney general and forest gnome whose riddles are kind of racist, Jeff Sessions"). 

    And, of course, his conservative pundit alter-ego "Stephen Colbert" has dropped by several times to address the new administration, like right after Trump introduced his new budget plan, which he addressed during his new, non-Comedy Central version of "The WERD."

  • The Late Late Show With James Corden

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    During Trump's first days in office, James Corden mocked POTUS with the rest of his fellow late-night hosts, but his monologue bits were largely shaped as a Brit watching American politics from afar. 

    Though Corden's show highlights have mostly focused on his musical moments, he has entered the political arena when he deemed it called for, including a Matilda-style Donald Trump Musical that mocked the president and his cabinet. 

    One poignant video, created just after Trump initiated the first iteration of his travel ban, made waves, however. The piece, airing online during a hiatus week for the show, simply followed the host as he made his way through the airport in order to fly home. The video, entitled "James Corden's Post-Ban Trip Through LAX," ends with the message: "Freedom of movement should be this easy for all legal immigrants." 

  • The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

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    Ever since Jimmy Fallon's infamous "hair mussing" incident with then-candidate Trump on The Tonight Show, the host has steered clear of any direct criticism or praise of Trump, instead letting a few softball monologue jokes here and there poke fun at the president's latest antics.

    A few bits on the late-night show break through, however. First Fallon broke out his Trump impression to mock the president's contentious first press conference, blasting the reporters for their "fake news" and immediately dodging any valid question. 

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