Things have gotten a little contentious with our neighbours down south lately; in fact at this point to say Americans are politically divided would be an understatement. So now, perhaps more than ever, we need comedy to help get us through.
And who better to help with that than transplanted Canadian Samantha Bee, with her weekly late night series Full Frontal?
“William Shatner’s political commentary has been incredible this year, no one is going to deny that,” Bee joked when we asked her recently about being one of the most prominent Canadian voices in the American political landscape. “It’s incredibly gratifying. It’s been wonderful. It’s been terrifying but wonderful. Mostly terrifying.”
Heading into last Friday’s inauguration Bee had a rather grim outlook on Donald Trump taking over the reins in Washington, observing that she obviously wasn’t invited and that the day was just another day that ends in Y with one “key event” that she and her staff would be keeping an eye on.
“I think we should practice a little self care while the inauguration goes down and buy self care I mean margaritas… and chips,” she said, noting that she may call a tiki bar company she’s used in the past to come into her offices and make the staff custom, salt-rimmed drinks to cope.
But now that Donald Trump has been firmly sworn in (he “laid his little pussy-grabbing paw on top of two more books than he’s ever read in his life and spoke the most solemn vow he’s uttered since his third wedding”) Bee has had some time to adjust and find something of a lighter side to the situation. After making this sobering statement on her first post-inauguration episode of Full Frontal, mind you:
“So far this week, our new overlord has torn up treaties, taken the first steps toward a Muslim ban, ordered the construction of his dumb-ass wall and threatened to invade Chicago like his own little Crimea.”
Bee then ripped into the new world leader by moving past the proceedings themselves (“The whole day was swollen with lugubrious pomp and freighted with menace that left a lot of us feeling like we’d just installed Trump Emperor of Dune. It was surreal, and frankly, not very funny”) and digging into the “hilarious” and “surreal” concert the night before instead.
That included several jabs at The Mormon Tabernacle Choir’s odd relationship with their piano, transposing Toby Keith‘s pro-lynching lyrics over a clip of his performance of “Beer For My Horses,” and showcasing screen grabs of the Trumps looking completely bored during the entire affair.
“Trump’s concert was like his cabinet: male, overwhelmingly white, and devoid of any A-list talent,” she mused.
Bee then took solace in her own participation in the Women’s March the day following the inauguration, something she had said she was looking forward to doing when we spoke with her earlier this month.
“I’m going to go to Washington for the day, just as a civilian to sit there. I don’t want to do any of the activities; I just want to be low key. Be there. Take a look around and just enjoy a gathering of people who care,” she told us. Turns out she did a little more than that though, since she snapped a few pictures and defended the march to naysayers on her show, as well.
“Going to the Women’s March was like waking up from a nightmare to find that the monster was real, but all your friends were there with sticks and torches and unflattering hats to beat back the darkness,” she told audiences. “If only we’d known sooner that all you have do to get white women to show up to a protest is to give them a craft.”
Check out Bee’s full clip about the Women’s March below.