TV Club: Jokes failed us, but Colbert didn’t

At first I felt bad for myself. Well, bad in general, but there was some definite self-pity in there. How in the hell, I thought, am I going to review this? How on earth do I summon objectivity? Then something even more rotten occurred to me:

If I feel this terrible about even having to engage with comedy right now, how does Stephen Colbert feel?

The good news, and also the bad news, is that Colbert doesn’t really aim to make a comedy show with “Stephen Colbert’s Live Election Night Democracy’s Series Finale: Who’s Going to Clean Up This Shit?” He certainly intended to, or at least it seems that way. Over the course of the episode—both entirely too long and far too brief, depending on one’s mood at any given moment—several pre-scripted moments come across as though they were somehow transplanted here …

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