Last night at “Wow, That Was Weird: A Post-Election Evening with Stephen Colbert and John Oliver,” the two TV hosts and “Daily Show” alumni began the long process of coming to terms with what transpired on Election Day. Though officially a benefit for the Montclair Film Festival, the event is said by the New York Times as having felt like a “group-therapy session” between two men whom Oliver said “need to work out what we become next” in the wake of Donald Trump’s election.
Colbert said that there has been a “transformation going on in the emotional state of the audience” for his show and that “the story has teeth on a level that it didn’t have before.” Oliver, meanwhile, mentioned that, though Trump’s campaign was frequently the source of humor on “Last Week Tonight,” crafting jokes about the president-elect was never especially enjoyable.
“You try and take things of substance and then put some sugar on it to make it palatable,” he said. “But there was so little of substance, this whole campaign, it’s just like a diabetes-inducing amount of sugar. Your job kind of flips on its head.”
The two also took questions from those in attendance, one of which was whether global warming or “Hamilton” posed a bigger threat to Trump: “I think Trump is only going to do something about one of those,” Colbert responded.