Colbert Grabs the Bourbon, Less Forlornly than 2016

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This time, when Stephen Colbert broke the bourbon, it was only to mourn the defeat of a candidate from the Senate. He has seen much worse.

In 2016, broadcast live on election day, he was stunned by the defeat of Hillary Clinton – and his uncorking of the drink became the symbolic start of late night television with a Trump presidency.

On Tuesday, again live broadcasting when the interim election results came in, Colbert reported, with relief, that the Democrats had taken control of the House. Then he brought the news that Ted Cruz from Texas – a favorite punching bag for late night – had defeated his challenger for the Senate, Beto O & Riddle, and Colbert once again reached an "emergency drink", dramatically breaking the glass on a box is guarding its tumbler.

Colbert expressed his excitement that the new majority of the Democrats would enable them to check the House's investigation into President Trump's finances and his ties with Russia. But with Republicans controlling the rest of the federal government, he warned against excessive optimism.

"Democrats control the house, they can now open inquiries at the president and we'll finally find out if Donald Trump does ever done something unethical. " – STEPHEN COLBERT

"The Democrats have taken over half of one of the three government departments, all of them G.O.P. it is the other half of the Congress, the Supreme Court and a president who does what he wants. & # 39; – STEPHEN COLBERT

Colbert rolled the tape of a recent rally in which Trump proudly won the honor for the high attendance at this election. It was a curious step, Colbert said, because many voters were motivated by their dislike for him.

"Gee, I wonder why. [impersonating Trump] "I tell you, it was so unpopular to run screaming out of the pool, but as soon as I pooped in it, it is all frenzy. & # 39; " – STEPHEN COLBERT

Trevor Noah and Jimmy Kimmel also broadcast live, and both said they had spent the day with painful excitement waiting for the return.

"All day long, it felt like America was waiting in the doctor's office for our S.T.D. results to come back." – JIMMY KIMMEL

"The results would not come in all day, like, the last few hours it's just too close to call, too early to call." It's like we're America. texting & # 39; ten, you? & # 39; And then all we could see was that little typebel.And it's like, "Yo, just tell me, America – do you want smash or not? & # 39; "- TREVOR NOAH

"Regardless of the outcome, whether you're a Republican or a Democrat, I think we all agree that the big loser will be all of our Thanksgiving dinners this year." – JIMMY KIMMEL

"According to The New York Times, President Trump organized a small reception with his friends tonight to view the election results – starting in 2016." – SETH MEYERS

"By taking the House, the Democrats now have authorization of the summons – meaning they could demand records from the president, which is why the president spent the night last night spending his tax returns in Mike Pence & # 39; s mouth to stop. "- JIMMY KIMMEL

Kimmel's street crew convinced innocent civilians that Kid Rock had been elected to the Senate (not true). Here is how they reacted.

Colbert closed his broadcast with an all-star panel of guests – from the left, the comedian Hasan Minhaj and the journalists John Heilemann and Alex Wagner, below – discuss what comes next.

Samantha Bee returns Wednesday for her second show this week (she broadcasts a special, election evening edition of "Full Frontal" on Monday). Jimmy Fallon and James Corden, who took leave on Tuesday evening, also come back.