Jon Stewart impersonates Donald Trump on Stephen Colbert’s ‘Late Show’ in last …

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Call him The Jonald! Jon Stewart dons a wig and Cheetos dust ‘makeup’ to channel Donald Trump in Late Show with Stephen Colbert appearance.

After crashing The Daily Show Monday to lobby in support of the Zadroga Renewal Act, Jon Stewart interrupted Stephen Colbert’s Late Show monologue Thursday in an effort to pass the bill that would extend the health care benefits of 9/11 first responders. Jon Stewart came out of his late night retirement this week to promote an issue close to heart, and in turn give Americans one of the most memorable Donald Trump impressions date. The House of Representatives plans to reauthorize the much-needed legislation in a comprehensive spending bill up for vote next week, House Speaker Paul Ryan told members of his conference Thursday morning. Proponents of the law are seeking its permanent extension, but some Republicans have opposed that, saying they want a chance to periodically review it and make sure it’s operating soundly. (TM and © Copyright 2015 CBS Radio Inc. and its relevant subsidiaries.

Stewart interrupted Colbert’s “Late Show” monologue Thursday, and while his onetime colleague was happy to relinquish the spotlight to his former employer, Colbert had a few suggestions to help Stewart get his message across. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-Ky.) office also recently promised that the bill will be included in a must-pass omnibus spending bill, but Democrats remain wary that other factors could pose an obstacle. Stewart was met with overwhelming applause when he interrupted Colbert in the middle of his monologue, sneaking up behind his former Comedy Central partner-in-crime. ‘BORING!’ Colbert interrupts. ‘I hate to go pro on you here, but you’ve been out of the game for a while. After a bit more prompting from Colbert to “Bring da noise, bring da Trump,” Stewart – who now looked like a frightening children’s TV-show host – delivered his plea to Congress by whipping out his classic Trump impression: “Tweet at your congressmen with the hashtag #WorstResponders.

He didn’t, for what Stewart calls “purely political reasons.” Colbert thought everyone would want the bill to pass, then stepped back. “Well, everybody human,” he said, acidly. The media won’t pay attention to anything at all, unless you are Donald Trump.’ Colbert then brings out a blond comb-over wig and ‘makeup’ to make Stewart look more like The Donald. Stewart then gets full into the character, boisterously gesturing and calling for supporters to tell their representatives ‘Donald Trump said pull up your big boy pants’.

December tends to bring out the best in Saturday Night Live: The cast has started to gel, the writers have a sense of what makes this iteration of the show work, and the show always mines good comedy from the holiday season. It didn’t help that the show largely avoided most topical elements outside of “Weekend Update,” which feels like another missed opportunity for the show to have something to say about the current cultural and political climate. Pass the Zadroga Act, or I will glue Congress together, dip them in gold and wear them around my freggin’ neck!” Stewart is hoping with enough public pressure on Congress they will add the Zadroga Act to the upcoming omnibus bill that has so many riders it’s not as if anyone would notice. After this pretaped sketch finished, I had one thought: “I would totally watch Ryan Gosling and Vanessa Bayer star in a remake of Natural Born Killers.” Did this break any comedy ground? But it’s a fun sketch that builds off its own internal logic, going from an innocuous party to one in which one couple psychologically dominates everyone, ultimately retreating into a holiday-inspired dreamworld.

As awkward as Gosling sometimes was this week in live sketches, he came alive here as a one-half of a couple who believed in Santa with an intensity mixed of one part violence and one part sexual fervor. On paper, this isn’t a particularly good idea: Three people get abducted by aliens, and one of them has a particularly bad experience compared to the other two. She has a knack for creating three-dimensional characters from the first moment they are onscreen, and the specificity of her character’s words and gestures are fantastic.

It helped that the sketch portrayed his confusion in a positive rather than negative light: Rather than look down at the world of “East Oz,” as this sketch called it, Gosling’s Scarecrow delighted in the differences. It’s a pretty harmless sketch, but one that allowed Gosling to really cut lose and demonstrated just how far SNL has come in a few short years in terms of diversifying its cast.

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