Which Presidential Candidate Is Making the Best Late-Night Talk Show Appearances?

From channeling Lil Wayne, to singing to their dogs, these candidates will do anything on the late-night circuit.

One might think that United States Presidential candidates would spend their time campaigning by meeting everyday Americans and drafting plans for action. One clearly hasn’t been following these sad excuses for debates. In between having pissing-matches and arguing about how many women they’ve actually been sexist to, the candidates somehow have time to make the late-night television circuit. Last night, Chris Christie, known for his “Dad Dancing” disaster skit on The Tonight Show, was on Trevor Noah’s reinvented The Daily Show. In honor of his appearance, here are some of the best (and more of the worst) of the late-night appearances we’ve already had to endure this election season.

  • Hillary Clinton on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon

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    The easiest bits for candidates to do these days simply includes mocking Trump. He’s an easy target, there’s lots of material, and somebody has to do it. The idea of this skit was great and featured the pantsuit aficionado making plenty of jokes at her Republican frontrunner counterpart’s expense, but the whole thing felt a bit too scripted.

  • Jeb Bush on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

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    Jeb Bush, who as a commenter points out “might have a chance if he changed his last name,” appeared with Colbert and joked about…Donald Trump. Joking about his relatively lackluster debate performance, he “Trumped up” his debate prep and managed to mention Lil Wayne. We see you, Jeb.

  • Donald Trump on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon

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    Like we said, it’s easy to make fun of Trump on the late-night circus, even if you are, in fact, Donald Trump. Coincidentally, talking about himself is his favorite hobby anyway, so having Fallon dressed up as a caricature of the toupee warrior was genius. Like with Clinton’s skit, Trump’s lines felt pretty scripted. Jimmy managed to ask a good handful of policy questions but they were met with comments like “Look, I’m really rich….”

  • Rick Santorum on Real Time with Bill Maher

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    It gets a little toasty in the video when the host, while talking about the importance of climate change and campaign finance reform, says, “We’re gonna run into problems there, because I don’t think you think climate change is a real problem.” The friendly neighborhood homophobe fought back hard and while the two shared a laugh or two during the interview, the tension gave us secondhand embarrassment.

  • Bernie Sanders on Late Night with Seth Meyers

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    When Bern does the late night rounds, he usually focuses on debunking his assumed title as a “democratic socialist” as he also did on an appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Don’t expect any ridiculous frills in his appearances, you’ll have to leave that to his “feel the Bern” supporters.

  • Donald Trump on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

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    While stroking his ego, Colbert apologized for wronging the Donald over the years and gave him the option to apologize to anyone who he’s crossed. You can probably assume what happens next.

  • Carly Fiorina on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon

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    After surging in the polls following her performance in the second GOP debate Fiorina attempted to capitalize on her gains by singing about her dog Snickers alongside Jimmy Fallon. Yes, it is as ridiculous as it sounds. We liked her BuzzFeed stint a little more, tbh.

  • Chris Christie on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon

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    At this point we aren’t sure if Christie is campaigning for President, or a replacement spot for Fallon. He’s appeared with the funnyman seven times and recently recounted a ridiculous story of getting ice cream with Mitt Romney and Marco Rubio and none of the three bringing their wallet with them. Nice work.

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