Stephen Colbert took a break from poking himself with a straight pin to cover the start of the transfer of power between President Obama and Donald Trump yesterday. I desperately want some levity to balance out the horror-show of this week, but I'm having a hard time embracing the humor of "the most surprising remake of Guess Who's Coming To Dinner." This is all still happening, and despite the jokes, it's clear that Colbert has been hit as hard as the rest of us, and isn't just going to settle for cutesy hashtag games.
To comprehend the darkness, you must stare it in the face: "The first African American president sitting down with a president-elect who is endorsed by the Klan?" Colbert said. "A guy who spent five years, created his political career demanding Obama prove where he was born, then denying he did it."
Colbert and Patton Oswalt also made a commercial for a new product to help you swallow the bitter results of this election.
On The Daily Show, Trevor Noah was also grappling with how fast things are moving: "God damn. That is so hard to watch. I know it has to happen, but does it have to happen so quickly? It's like if your dad dies and your mom starts dating at the funeral."
And over at Late Night with Seth Meyers, one of their writers, Amber Ruffin, has a message for white people: join the fun. "They can spend their time trying to pass laws to take away your rights and silence your voice," she said, "but all you have to do is live your lives right in their faces, and it proves that we simply cannot be stopped."