It was as if the comedy gods have been trying down on America’s late-night tv hosts.
In court docket on Monday, the authorized workforce for President Donald Trump‘s private lawyer, Michael Cohen, was compelled to establish the identify of a 3rd Cohen’s shopper — a thriller individual whom he initially did not need to identify. The individual, it turned out, was none apart from the foil and foe of a number of late night-comedians: Fox News commentator Sean Hannity.
Here was an individual they beloved to criticize, an in depth casual adviser to Trump and firebrand conservative pundit who has lambasted particular counsel Robert Mueller‘s investigation of Russian involvement within the 2016 presidential marketing campaign. Hannity additionally has criticized the raid on Cohen’s workplace and residential, by no means saying something to his viewers a few private, authorized or enterprise relationship with Cohen.
(Hannity denied the declare that Cohen represented him, saying he solely had temporary discussions with him about authorized questions.).
The information broke at about three p.m. Monday, giving late-night comedians simply sufficient time to squeeze in some giddy one-liners in honor of “Hannity Day,” as Trevor Noah dubbed it. Stephen Colbert went with a distinct banner: “Hannity Insanity.”
“The Daily Show With Trevor Noah” (Comedy Central):
With Hannity’s picture on the display, Noah put his arms collectively as if in prayer, trying as much as the sky whereas mouthing the phrases “thanks.”
“Yeah, it seems Michael Cohen’s secret shopper was Sean Hannity, which I am sorry, shouldn’t be a great look,” Noah mentioned with a chuckle. “You know proper now Sean Hannity might be on the telephone together with his spouse like, ‘Hey honey, it is so bizarre how I exploit the man who pays off mistresses to get me out of that parking ticket.'”
Cohen has mentioned he paid adult-film star Stormy Daniels $130,000 in late 2016 in change for her settlement to not focus on an alleged sexual encounter with Trump. And final week, information broke that Cohen additionally helped former Republican National Committee deputy finance chairman Elliot Broidy negotiate a $1.6 million settlement with a former Playboy mannequin whom he impregnated throughout an affair.
Noah urged his audiences to think about “simply how unethical” it’s that Hannity constantly reported on the FBI raid with out mentioning his personal authorized dealings with Cohen.
“Which, even for Sean Hannity is fairly shady,” Noah mentioned. “Even Instagram fashions have increased moral requirements. They’ll be like ‘drink tummy tea, by the way in which, I am sponsored by tummy tea.'”
The host performed varied clips throughout which Hannity mentioned the FBI raids on Cohen’s workplace and residences, which he referred to as an “unprecedented abuse of energy.” In one other clip, Hannity says: “If you voted for Donald Trump you higher get buckled up as a result of that is gonna be a tough trip.”
“Now, we will see that Hannity wasn’t simply mad, he was scared,” Noah mentioned. “You know, now that we all know he was working with Cohen, that appears much less like a information present and extra like a man actually burdened, giving himself a pep discuss.”
“Late Show With Stephen Colbert” (CBS):
Colbert described Cohen as a “New York legal professional and unhappy neck with hair,” and referred to his shopper Broidy as “Donald Trump flattened out by a rolling pin.” When explaining that two totally different Playboy playmates have been concerned within the authorized showdown, Colbert mentioned, “I am simply glad Hef is not alive to see his life’s work dragged via the filth like this,” in reference to Playboy’s late founder, Hugh Hefner.
“Pro tip for the president,” Colbert additionally provided, “when your lawyer wants a lawyer, you want a lawyer.”
After he performed a CNN clip revealing Hannity’s identify as Cohen’s mysterious third shopper, Colbert all of the sudden disappeared from the digicam body. He reappeared slouching in an armchair, ingesting a glass of pink wine, rubbing his abdomen, seemingly experiencing pure bliss.
“Jon Stewart, after the present, I am gonna come over and we’re simply going to spoon, simply spoon,” Colbert mentioned. “This is loopy.”
He was referencing his good pal and former colleague from the “The Daily Show,” who was recognized for his assaults on Fox News and his varied feuds with Hannity. Stewart as soon as referred to as Hannity the “most loathsome dude” at Fox News.
“Cohen solely has two different purchasers and all he does for them is repay mistresses,” Colbert additionally mentioned, “which raises the apparent query, who did Sean Hannity have intercourse with?”
Ahead of Colbert’s interview with James Comey, the comic additionally spoofed ABC‘s melodramatic teaser for its extremely anticipated interview with the previous FBI director, which aired Sunday.
“Are you going to reply any of those questions? Because proper now you are simply making faces,” Colbert mentioned within the exaggerated video, poking enjoyable on the ABC trailer.
“Mr. Comey, I am pregnant,” Colbert quipped. “And it is not your child. It’s Sean Hannity’s.”
“Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC):
Earlier this month, Kimmel and Hannity have been embroiled in a feud that performed out each on their respective exhibits and on social media. After Kimmel joked on his present about first woman Melania Trump’s accent, Hannity referred to as Kimmel a “despicable shame.” They exchanged insults on Twitter, with Hannity calling Kimmel a racist, pervert and “Harvey Weinstein jr.” and Kimmel making a homosexual sexual innuendo in reference to Hannity’s obvious love for Trump.
After days of back-and-forth combating, Kimmel apologized for the intercourse joke and tried to finish the feud, saying the “degree of vitriol” from each “is dangerous to our nation.”
But that did not cease Kimmel from reveling within the information Monday of Hannity’s relationship with Cohen.
“Shockingly,” Kimmel mentioned, Cohen’s thriller third shopper “turned out to be my pal Sean Hannity.”
“Isn’t that attention-grabbing, that he would want recommendation from Michael Cohen,” Kimmel mentioned.
Kimmel additionally criticized Hannity’s response to the information, through which he mentioned Cohen has “by no means represented” him.
“I by no means retained him, acquired an bill, or paid authorized charges. I’ve often had temporary discussions with him about authorized questions on which I needed his enter and perspective,” Hannity wrote on Twitter. “I assumed these conversations have been confidential, however to be completely clear they by no means concerned any matter between me and a third-party.”
“Apparently he works totally free,” Kimmel mentioned of Cohen, including: “What sort of authorized recommendation does not contain a 3rd social gathering, except possibly Sean Hannity was fascinated by suing himself?”
“If that is the largest witch hunt in historical past, we’re working out of spots on the broomstick,” Kimmel additionally mentioned, taking part in off a “witch hunt” phrase utilized by each Trump and Hannity to explain the Mueller investigation.
Perhaps it was not a late-night comic, however as an alternative, a CNN host who finest captured the temper of the day.
“The decide compelled Michael Cohen to confess in court docket that he has a 3rd shopper and the third shopper is Sean Hannity,” Jake Tapper mentioned throughout his present Monday. “Go residence 2018. You’re drunk.”