Last night on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, the performer of politicized funny things brought out another performer of politicized funny things, and the two spoke funnily of things that are political…and, because politics just happens to be scary right now, scary.
But something else happened that is of utmost importance: John Oliver was given the opportunity to transcend the boundaries of reality and fiction and directly answer a question posed by a fictional character about him earlier that day. In the newly released trailer for Netflix’s Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, Lorelai ponders — with Rory’s help, and helpful discouragement — whether Amy Schumer would like her, and then, as an afterthought, wonders if John Oliver would “find [her] hot”:
And luckily, that very evening, John Oliver had Colbert’s national platform on which to reply. (Also, Gilmore Girls fans will be pleased to know that Stephen Colbert considers himself one of you.) Oliver said, in his most comically stiff and stuffily pragmatic tone, “Lorelai, the answer is yes, I do find you hot. And I’ll tell you why: I’m a red blooded male with an in-built heat detector. And my heat detector registers you as en fuego.” So following that declaration, it seems clear that if Netflix once again sees what a profitable thing nostalgia baiting is and decides to make a revival of this Gilmore Girls revival, the plot should hinge around the odd, fictional-dimension-traversing romance between Oliver and Lorelai. The Gilmore Girls Twitter account certainly seems to be baiting fan-fiction:
Beyond Gilmore Girls, Oliver and Colbert discussed Tim Kaine — with Oliver asserting that he’s the perfect man to be America’s stepdad and that he’s “never wanted to be called ‘scamp'” or “sport” by someone as much as Kaine, given his dad-joke saturated DNC speech (though he did critique Kaine’s Trump impression.) They also talked about one key disparity between the DNC and the RNC — that DNC speakers have emphasized that this is a great country and that they want to make it better, while the RNC overall used a fear-mongering rhetoric to describe the country.