Late Night Hosts Take on the Republican National Convention: A Video Collection

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Late-night host Stephen Colbert opened his week of live shows during the Republican National Convention with a song and dance number. He and his colleagues, including Samantha Bee, Trevor Noah and Jimmy Fallon, are offering comic relief as Donald Trump becomes the official Republican presidential candidate. The Late Show with Stephen Colbert/YouTube

It’s hard to argue that this week’s Republican National Convention, starring Donald Trump, calls for some comic relief. The regular crew of late night hosts and a few special guests have just the remedy. With their regular episodes and convention specials, they are offering humor as a temporary antidote to racism, plagiarism and every other problem plaguing the weeklong event, the Republican Party and its no-longer-presumptive-because-it's-now-official nominee. 

And they're mixing it up a little. Stephen Colbert is doing a series of live shows after each day's convention events, inviting back iconic former hosts Stephen Colbert (The Colbert Report) and Jon Stewart (The Daily Show With Jon Stewart). Samantha Bee spent some time in Cleveland and, in addition to Monday's episode of Full Frontal, gives viewers A Very Special Full Frontal Special, airing on Wednesday at 10:30 p.m. James Corden introduced a "new" "Top Ten List" segment on The Late Late Show. And John Oliver took the week off from Last Week Tonight, but still posted a short web exclusive on the eve of the convention that has garnered nearly 2 million views.  

Here's a collection of videos for those who want to laugh lest they cry about the state of American politics:

Entrances

The Late Late Show With James Corden

The Late Show With Stephen Colbert

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

Musical Numbers

“Christmas in July” on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert

A Cleveland song on Full Frontal With Samantha Bee (starting at about 6:00)

On Melania Trump and Plagiarism

“Melania” defends herself on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert

Top Ten Excuses on The Late Late Show With James Corden

Everyone p-lagiarizes, on Jimmy Kimmel Live!

Regular Segments, the RNC Editions

“Pros and Cons” of the RNC on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

“A Closer Look” at the RNC on Late Night With Seth Meyers

INTERMISSION: A Short Collection of Trump Nicknames

“Lecherous lump of earwax” (Full Frontal With Samantha Bee)
“Tangerine caligula” (Full Frontal With Samantha Bee)
“The guy whose eyes look like tiny versions of his mouth” (The Late Show With Stephen Colbert)
“The angry creamsicle”  (The Late Show With Stephen Colbert)
“Decomposing jackolantern”  (The Late Show With Stephen Colbert)
“Human toupee hybrid” (The Late Show With Stephen Colbert )

Endorsements

Last Week Tonight With John Oliver (web exclusive)

Make America (and Journalists) Fear Again

The Daily Show With Trevor Noah

Mike Pence, Chachi and Friends

Who’s Mike Pence? on Full Frontal With Samantha Bee

“A Closer Look” at Mike Pence on Late Night With Seth Meyers

Pence and Baio (that’s Bay-oh) on The Late Late Show With James Corden

Spoofiness

“There Will Be Mud” on The Daily Show With Trevor Noah

“The Hungry for Power Games” on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert

The Return of Jon Stewart and “Stephen Colbert”

Jon Stewart on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert

“The Word” on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert