Clockwise from left, Stephen Colbert, Samantha Bee, Trevor Noah and Alec Baldwin as Donald Trump on SNL. (Jeffrey R. Staab/CBS via AP; Ali Goldstein/TBS; Evan Agostini/Invision/AP; Will Heath/NBC)

This was supposed to be a really weird time for late-night comedians. In the run-up to Inauguration Day, there was plenty of hand-wringing and anticipation about how the hosts would tackle the news of the day after such a political upset, with Donald Trump, a onetime reality TV star, now president.

Well, Saturday marks President Trump’s 100th day in office, and news out of Washington has provided plenty of fodder for late night. Going heavy on the political humor — especially when it’s biting — has given some comedians an edge (the latest ratings show Stephen Colbert’s “The Late Show” has beaten Jimmy Fallon’s “The Tonight Show” for the 12th week in a row). Across late night, hosts mined Trump’s mannerisms, his congressional speech, news conferences and cadre of aides and advisers for raw material. Some results were silly. Some are incredibly brutal.

Given that there are at least 10 late-night shows — really, who has time to watch all of them? — here’s a look back at some of their most notable Trump jokes:

‘The Late Show With Stephen Colbert’

“We’re just 10 days in and it feels like it’s total chaos at the White House. This is supposed to be the honeymoon. How could Trump blow the honeymoon? He’s had three of them.” (Feb. 3)

“The start of Black History Month was marked by another prominent person of color, Donald Trump… Today, Trump held a press conference to honor African American luminaries like the two black people he knows, Ben Carson and Omarosa.” (Feb. 1)

“Technically, this was not a State of the Union, because I think in this timeline, the Confederacy won.” (Feb. 28, after Trump’s address to Congress)

‘The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon’

Late-night comedians skewered President Trump after he held a lengthy news conference Feb. 16. Here are some of the best bits you may have missed. (The Washington Post)

“People are still talking about President Trump’s wild press conference yesterday. In fact, the New York Times called it ‘77 chaotic minutes.’ Yeah, it’s not good when your first press conference gets the same review as ‘John Wick 2.’” (Feb. 17, about Trump’s combative press conference)

“This morning he held a meeting with a group of CEOs at the White House. Trump said he wants to replace robots with human workers. Then Mike Pence says, ‘I’ll show myself out.’” (Feb. 23)

“If you’re not familiar, here’s how the NCAA tournament works: It starts at 68, then 64, then 32, then 16, then 8, then 4, then 1. I’m sorry — that’s the number of Republicans backing Trump’s health-care bill.” (March 13, on health-care negotiations)

‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’

“He’s focused on the size of his crowds, the size of his ratings, the size of his hands, the size of, well, everything.” (Jan. 24)

“While all this was happening, President Trump was hosting a screening at the White House of the movie ‘Finding Dory,’ which, ironically, is a movie about a fish trying to find her parents. To his credit, he was so moved by the film that he lifted all travel restrictions on clownfish.” (Jan. 30, about the travel-ban protests)

“You know it’s a bad press conference when assuming all black people know each other wasn’t even the worst part of it.” (Feb. 16, about Trump’s combative press conference)


“In the wake of the Flynn resignation, Democrats are asking what President Trump knew. What did he know? It’s historic. It’s the first time anyone’s ever accused Donald Trump of knowing too much.” (Feb. 14)

“Today is the 11th birthday of Twitter. That’s right, folks — 11 years ago, Donald Trump was just writing crazy things on Post-it notes.” (March 21)

“At this point, it appears the Republican health-care plan is going to die on the floor of the House. Coincidentally, dying on the floor of the house happens to be the Republican health-care plan.” (March 22, about Trump and the GOP’s health-care negotiations)

‘The Daily Show with Trevor Noah’

“If you can’t trust your president to get the right information on a Google-able fact, then can you really trust him with the harder stuff? Which, by the way, is everything else the president of the United States has to deal with.” (Feb. 16)

“I think there’s strong evidence that the president is always high. Because just look at it: He forgets people’s names, he mixes up Iraq and Syria, and what do high people always do? They forget where they put things. And last week, Donald Trump didn’t just lose his keys, he lost the Navy.” (April 20)

‘Late Night with Seth Meyers’

“President Trump today met with the leaders of Fiat, Chrysler, Ford and General Motors. And he asked them one question: ‘How many people do you think were at my inauguration?'” (Jan. 24)

“Ivanka Trump is reportedly getting an office in the White House in addition to security clearance and government-issued communication devices. Even more unbelievable, so is Donald Trump.” (March 21)

“President Trump said today that he is ‘working very, very hard’ to create peace between Israel and Palestine. Said Trump, ‘They are absolutely my two favorite Real Housewives.'” (April 5)

‘The Late Late Show with James Corden’

“The New York Times has published an article alleging that Trump’s advisers were talking to senior Russian officials during the entire election. I know, the most shocking news to come out of this is that Trump had advisers. Kind of felt like he was just winging it the whole time, didn’t it?” (Feb. 15)

“Around? He saw this information ‘around’? What, like it was tacked to a bulletin board next to guitar lessons and a picture of a lost cat?” (Feb. 16, about Trump backing up an electoral-college claim with “I’ve seen that information around”)

‘Saturday Night Live’

From press secretary Sean Spicer's comments about the show to the president angrily tweeting about Alec Baldwin, here is Donald Trump's history with SNL. (Nicki DeMarco/The Washington Post)

Melissa McCarthy as White House press secretary Sean Spicer: “Settle down, settle down, settle down! Before we begin, I know that myself and the press have gotten off to a rocky start. And when I say rocky, I mean in the sense of ‘Rocky’ the movie, because I came out here to punch you in the face, and also I don’t talk so good. I’d like to begin by apologizing, on behalf of you, to me.” (Feb. 4)

Alec Baldwin as Trump speaking to Kate McKinnon as German Chancellor Angela Merkel: “Last week, it was Holocaust Remembrance Day, and as you know 6 million people — were at my inauguration, I mean there were just so many people at my inauguration and the media refuses to cover it, it’s so unfair, and one day I’m going to write a memoir about this struggle and call it, ‘My Struggle.’ What would that be in German, Angela?” (Feb. 4)

On “Weekend Update”: “President Trump appeared optimistic saying, ‘Everything that is broken in our country can be fixed.’ Which is hard to believe coming from a guy who’s spent the better part of his life as a slumlord. Whenever a bad landlord says they’ll fix something, you know they’re just going to send some Russian dude to do it.” (March 6)

‘Last Week Tonight with John Oliver’

“I’m saying it’s a bit weird you’ve been objectively nicer to Vladimir Putin than you have to Meryl Streep, who I’m pretty sure isn’t an infamous autocrat — although, you know what, now I say it, if she tried it, she’d nail it, the woman is a tour de force.” (Feb. 19)

“It’s like if the people of Pompeii voted for the volcano. I know you get to define your own self-interest, but I wish you hadn’t voted for that volcano.” (March 12)

“It is not unusual for powerful men to give their son-in-laws ‘do-nothing’ jobs but leave it to Donald Trump, who can’t even get nepotism right, to give his a ‘do-everything’ job.” (April 23, about Jared Kushner)

‘Full Frontal with Samantha Bee’

“Friday, the world watched America swear in, as its 45th president, the concept of white-male mediocrity. Oh yeah, it really happened. Donald Trump laid his little p—y-grabbing paw on top of two more books than he’s ever read in his life and spoke the most solemn vow he’s ever uttered since his third wedding.” (Jan. 25)

“I get why you’d think Obama would tap your phone. Just look how angry he is and obsessed with you. He can barely stay up on that surfboard from all the rage and hatred for your administration. While Trump is flipping out on a daily basis, every picture of Obama looks like he’s about to sip a piña colada, laugh and paraglide off to a photo shoot for Essence magazine.” (March 8)

“If there’s no one on his staff brave enough to tell their boss that there’s only one ‘p’ in ‘tap,’ there certainly isn’t anyone brave enough to tell him that Obama isn’t running a coup. In fact, the president’s entire staff appears to treat him like a dangerously strong show chimp that you have to bribe with Diet Pepsi so he won’t tear your face off.” (March 8)

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