“Yes, buck,” Stephen Colbert yelled as he was kicked Late show on Monday night. While his greeting might refer to the Tampa Bay team that won the Lombardy Cup at Super Bowl LV, the host celebrated late into the night that “in a greater sense, normality won” during the big match.
He explained, “I’m not saying that things are normal now just because there is a big bowl, but because there was something normal mixed with our weirdness.” “Tom Brady won, that’s normal. For Tampa Bay, that’s weird. There were 25,000 fans in the seats, that’s normal. There were 30,000 pieces of cardboard in the seats, that’s weird.”
But with news of Tom Brady winning the Super Bowl coupled with seemingly promising statistics on vaccine deployment, Colbert said normality may be largely underway, nearly a year after the pandemic first broke out in the country. During the opening segment, Colbert expressed optimism about the Johnson & Johnson single-shot vaccine and vaccines that are being administered that outnumber new Covid-19 cases by 10 to 1.
From covering the Coronavirus, Colbert has changed his stance to deal with the upcoming Donald Trump impeachment trial, which begins on Tuesday. Late at night the host slapped another “US” typo in documents submitted by Trump’s legal team and another “vile” drama for the impeachment trial. But after a Trump aide indicated that the former president was “happier” now that he’s out of social media, Colbert offered some advice to Republican figures who will vote at the upcoming trial.
“If this is how comfortable he is after three weeks in office, imagine how calm he would be if he could not take the position again,” Colbert said. “Republicans in the Senate, think about his happiness.”