We can always count on political comedian Stephen Colbert to entertain us about the ongoing Special Counsel Robert Mueller investigation. This time, he outdid himself and pulled all of us into the holiday spirit. Donald Trump probably will not enjoy the segment nearly as much as the rest of us.
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert started off with a rendition of traditional Christmas carols reborn into the best of Colbert’s humor. He was inspired to turn the president’s former national security adviser Michael Flynn into a musical joke by singing he lied about his sugar plum dance with the Russian government.
Thus far, Mueller has brought 12 counts of conspiracy against the United States and other charges against Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort and side-kick Rick Gates.
Then, the news broke that a former policy adviser to the Trump campaign George Papadopoulos lied to the FBI about his interactions with Russia’s Kremlin top guys. Colbert took the Mueller news and ran with it in one of the best segments of the year.
Colbert started out his comedic introduction with a wry joke about the season:
‘It’s almost Halloween, and this year is going to be super spooky . . . for Donald Trump.’
Then, the late night show host chimed in with his remarkably good voice to the tune of “Oh, Christmas Tree” (“Oh, Tannenbaum”):
‘Paul Manafort, Paul Manafort/You’re just the first of many. Fiiiiive years in jail!’
In a quick turn, Colbert did a take on “The Little Drummer Boy,” singing:
‘Shall I sing to the feds, Trum-pum-pum-pum-pum!’
As the audience roared, the host turned his show over to the choir in a hilarious makeover of the “Twelve Days of Christmas.”
The announcer said in the most serious of voices:
‘And now to celebrate the holiday collusion season. The Late Show choral ensemble. ‘
Then, the choir appeared complete with red choir robes and sang a new version of the “Twelve Days of Christmas.”
‘On the first day of Christmas, Bob Mueller gave to me, a Michael Flynn guilty plea.
‘On the second day of Christmas, Bob Mueller gave to me, two officials flipped.
‘On the third day of Christmas, Bob Mueller gave to me, three panicked Trumps.
‘On the fourth day of Christmas, Bob Mueller gave to me, four charges so far.
‘On the fifth day of Christmas, Bob Mueller gave to me, please speed this up. I won’t last 12 days. Cut to the trial. We can’t take it anymore! ‘
Colbert ended with a sharp political stick pointed at Manafort’s eye:
‘Manafort’s been charged with 12 counts, including conspiracy to launder money, tax fraud and conspiracy against the United States. What’s that crime usually called again? I can’t remember, for some treason.’
After Colbert had us in stitches with his intro, he invited former Access Hollywood host, Billy Bush, to talk about the Trump bus tape, where the president said he could “Grab ’em by the p***y.”
— The Late Show (@colbertlateshow) December 5, 2017
In case you are wondering, this is how the real “Twelve Days Of Christmas” goes:
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