Instead, what I saw was a Hillary Clinton impersonator playing the piano, singing "Hallelujah" by the now late Leonard Cohen, almost in tears. The jokes were gone, the (thin) veneer of "balance" was absent, and it was clear the show was in a state of mourning. Turning to Twitter...of course...the rest of the social media world loved it.
My personal politics aside, I think what I witnessed was an example of the hyper partisan trend that has overtaken the late night comedy shows over the past decade. Starting with Jon Stewart, and now spanning to Stephen Colbert, Seth Meyers, Bill Maher, and John Oliver, there's an echo chamber of ideas that only focus on one side. Many of theses shows began with a left-tilt but still addressed everyone fairly equally...but over time have become sharper and sharper to one political side. To be fair, this has existed for years in talk radio on the other side, but that's hardly as visible as the late night comedy.
Regardless, while the election happened the way it did for many reason, but one of the reason so many people were blind-sided was the echo-chamber they found themselves in for months and months leading up to the election. As a result, we have a country that, rather than coming together with comedy, is now more divided than ever.
Of course, while I had this thought on my own, I found an article which articulates it even better. No matter if you were happy or depressed by the election, the article gives something interesting to think about. It's possible that the culture could be ready to shift back towards middle ground...or perhaps the left-leaning late night is about to double down.