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‘The Only Reason He Ran for President’?
Trevor Noah examined the details of Republicans’ proposed new tax policy. He found that, despite President Trump’s insistence that he would not stand to benefit from it, the measure seemed to benefit people in his tax bracket significantly.
“What? This whole plan is a cash cow for Trump? I’m starting to wonder if the only reason he ran for president was to lower his own taxes. I hope so — I hope so — because it means he might resign the second he signs this thing into law. He might just be like, ‘And, done. O.K., that’s it for me, America. You’ve been great. Good luck with North Korea. I’m out. Bye bye!’” — TREVOR NOAH
Seth Meyers looked back at comments Mr. Trump made two weeks earlier, suggesting that the rich would not see a tax break under his proposal and might even experience an increase. Mr. Meyers never bought it.
“The only way he was raising taxes on the rich was if he could pick which rich people: ‘Rosie, she’s gotta get her taxes raised; Meryl Streep’s gotta start paying her fair share; everyone in the N.B.A. except for the tall, white guys.’” — SETH MEYERS
Jimmy Fallon’s Other Names for the Trump Tax Plan
Jimmy Fallon joked that while the plan was being pitched as a simplification of taxes, its name — the Unified Framework for Fixing Our Broken Tax Code — is neither simple nor catchy.
“But that’s actually a better title than some of the other ones he’s considered,” Mr. Fallon said. Here are the other names he said Mr. Trump had tried out.
“The Unified Framework for Fixing Our Broken Tax Code That Only I Can Fix, Believe Me”
“The Unified Framework for Fixing Our Broken Tax Code That Billions and Billions of People Tell Me All the Time Is the Brokenest Tax Code They’ve Ever Seen, Sad!”
“The Unified Framework for Fixing Our Broken Tax Code That No One Noticed Because I Started a Fight With the NFL, NBA, and North Korea in One Week! #sorrynotsorry.”
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