Colbert was clearly facing a dilemma on the show.
“How can we guess what will happen, when we can begin to explain how we got here,” he said.
With that, he excused himself and hurried off stage, looking for the one person who might have an answer.
The scene cut to a log cabin in a dense forest, hundreds of miles off grid, with little or no contact with the media-celebrity news cycle.
Colbert emerged from a thicket, holding what looked like a compass and rapped on the cabin’s wooden door.
A grizzled-looking Stewart answered. He had a heavy stubble beard and wore a scruffy bathrobe. “This is not a Pokemon gymnasium anymore; go away,” he growled.
“Jon, I know that you and your beard are very busy these days, but I’m here to tell you it’s the Republican National Convention this week,” Colbert said.
“Oh, I think they had one of those four years ago,” Stewart replied.
But, right, this one is different. Donald Trump is the nominee, Colbert reveals.
“What?! The guy from ‘The Apprentice?'” Stewart exclaims.
The back and forth between the two is pure comedy genius.
Colbert also provides an extra added treat buy resurrecting his old Comedy Central character in another effort to explain Trump.
He played off his old Comedy Central bit about George Bush and Colbert’s invention of the word “truthiness,” and added another term to the political nomenclature: “Trumpiness.”
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