It’s not easy, I know. 2016, what a year. Yikes! It has been like one long ride in a clown car full of racists, homophobes and fascists driven by Rapey Von Tinyfingers that just keeps running over our most amazing musicians.
But here is a good thing: because of the election in November, I discovered NBC‘s Late Night With Seth Meyers. I sort of knew who Meyers was. I knew that he had been on SNL, but I haven’t seen anything from that show, except for occasional clips, since 1977.
I started watching Late Night With Seth Meyers in September and I am impressed. Meyers take on the American Political scene is smooth, smart, sly, insightful, and very, very funny. The first 10 minutes of the show, A Closer Look, is better than any news outlet for a quick rundown of current events. He takes jabs at all the players, but he really sticks it to You-Know-Who.
I’m not certain if he is really cute, because I tend to find people I like to be attractive. I love his comic timing and his smile. On the Thanksgiving episode, he featured is equally attractive brother, Josh Meyers, a cast member of the once great sketch comedy series Mad TV, and the two of them together made me nearly faint with desire.
Late Night With Seth Meyers is not like Full Frontal With Samantha Bee or Real Time With Bill Maher, both of which I also admire and find very funny and informative; Meyers’ show still has a traditional talk show format; he has guests and he is good at interviewing, generous and rather sweet with them, without gushing like Jimmy Fallon, who I have abandoned. This show always has just the right dash of cynicism while remaining bright and humorous, as if the Jon Stewart era The Daily Show had married 1970s The Dick Cavett Show and had a baby. It is sophisticated and smart, while unafraid to get silly.
I go to bed early, so I watch it first thing in the morning instead of The Today Show, which lost me when Matt Lauer gave Rapey Von Tinyfingers a hand job on air sometime this summer, and Kathie Lee Gifford was revealed to be a fascist sympathizer.
When Meyers signed-off for his winter hiatus last week, he jokingly addressed the camera with:
“We will be back on January 9, and we will be canceled on January 20.”
Meyers was joking, but he wasn’t kidding. This entire mess we find ourselves in probably began when Meyers hosted the 2011 White House Correspondents’ Association dinner, where Von Tinyfingers was the butt of jokes by Barack Obama and Meyers.
Our new President-Elect was so humiliated by the experience that it seemed to have triggered a deep, dark previously hidden hunger for revenge. That evening of public degradation, instead of sending the Orange Thing away for good, only accelerated his ferocious desire to take over the world.
On the night of November 9, just 12 hours after the world was shocked by the realization of who had become the President-Elect, Meyers delivered a poignant monologue to his audience, sharing an anecdote about informing his 8-month-old son that:
“For the first time in our history, our president would be a failed steak salesman…”
But then, he took a more somber tone, and in tears discussed how he feels for all the parents who had to break the news to their kids.
“I do really feel for the parents who had to explain this to their kids this morning, especially parents with daughters because a lot of them, like me, probably thought Hillary would be our first woman president. But she won’t be. But that does mean that someone’s daughter is out there right now who will one day have that title. And maybe you’re a woman who’s currently a senator, maybe you’re still in college, hopefully you’re not a toddler, but who knows. With the way things went last night, who knows. The fact is, we don’t know who you are, but I imagine this moment today will be a defining one for you. One that will make you work harder, and strive farther, and whoever you are, I hope I live to see your inauguration. And I hope my mom does, too. She was really excited yesterday, and I was really sad for her.”
Later in the show, Meyers added:
“As a white man, I also know that any emotions I’m feeling are likely a fraction of those being felt by the LGBTQ community, African-Americans, Hispanic Americans, Muslim Americans, and any number of the immigrant communities so vital to our country, so hopefully the Trump administration and Trump supporters will be compassionate to them, because they need your compassion. And in general, I am hopeful for President Trump because hope is always the best possible path to take, and one thing that makes me hopeful is we know from interviews he’s given over the years that he has, at any given point, held every position on every issue: He’s been pro-choice, pro-life, for the Iraq War, against the Iraq War. Pretty much his only consistent position has been: Anti-Rosie O’Donnell. So, I’m hopeful that he’s not actually a racist, and that he just used racist rhetoric to court voters, because when you’re courting someone, you’re always willing to pretend you’re something you’re not.”
I recommend that maybe we abandon network and cable news like CNN, MSNBC and Fox News, and we get our information from Seth Meyers and his talented, funny crew.