Despite host Kevin Spacey’s best efforts at the 2017 Tony Awards, any gathering of multiple celebrities with a microphone and a stage tends to turn into a political preach-off.
The 57-year-old “House of Cards” actor kept away from politics on Sunday night for the most part, except for a refreshing dig at CNN and another at Hillary Clinton — but guests such as Stephen Colbert couldn’t help but fly their Trump-obsession flag.
While presenting the award for best revival of a musical, Colbert said it had been a “great year for revivals in general — especially that one they’re reviving in Washington, D.C. It started way off Broadway, in the ’80s, on 5th Avenue. Huge production values. Couple problems: The main character is totally unbelievable. And hair and makeup — jeesh! No!”
Colbert continued by saying that Donald Trump’s time in the White House “is supposed to have a four-year run, but reviews have not been kind. Could close early.”
The “Late Show” host also said that “Miss Saigon” is “the only pageant whose locker room our president hasn’t walked in on.”
The bit fell mostly flat, earning few laughs. Spacey’s hosting duties were far better received. Even attendees were likely a little tired of the Trump-bashing, which has become so clichéd.
There’s nothing original about a comedian going after the president at this point, especially a late-night host. The president now appears to be a crutch that Colbert leans on for his lame humor.
Other celebs who exploited their stage time to bring up politics included Sally Field, Cynthia Nixon, and Kevin Kline.