Critic’s Notebook: Bill Maher, Kathy Griffin and When Anti-Trump Comics Cross the Line

The current political climate has, understandably, whipped comedians into a frenzy, but Maher, Griffin and Stephen Colbert have all recently gone too far.

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It’s the best of times and the worst of times for comedians these days: As Trump giveth, so, too, does he taketh. Just ask Bill Maher, Kathy Griffin and Stephen Colbert.

All three have hit some speed bumps recently even as their careers have been energized by the fractious political environment. Colbert is the most potent example. Prior to the election, his ratings had been lagging to the point that there were whispers that James Corden would be taking over his time slot. But Colbert, who seemed to have an on-air depressive meltdown during his live broadcast election night, has since taken on a whole new energy. Night after night, he skewers Trump and his administration with a manic glee that has revitalized his show both creatively and commercially.

But even Colbert admits that he went a little too far when — after becoming outraged by Trump’s dismissive put-downs of colleague John Dickerson during an interview — he delivered a lengthy, profanity-filled rant that described the president as, among other things, Vladimir Putin’s “c—holster.” Although no one possibly believes that Colbert is homophobic, he was promptly taken to task for the admittedly over-the-top vulgarity, and he addressed the situation on-air shortly thereafter. “I just want to say, for the record, life is short. And anyone who expresses their love for another person in their own way, is, to me, an American hero,” Colbert said. Although the FCC received thousands of complaints from disgruntled viewers, the agency declined to take action. Since then, Colbert has continued his full-bore comic attacks, but it’s safe to say that he’ll be watching his language more carefully from now on.

More Details @ The Hollywood Reporter


Critic’s Notebook: Bill Maher, Kathy Griffin and When Anti-Trump Comics Cross the Line

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