Late Night Gets Serious About Mass Shootings

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After the nation’s latest mass shootings, in El Paso and in Dayton, Ohio, late-night hosts on Monday excoriated Congress for inaction on gun control, devoting significant portions of their monologues to the issue. They found ways to inject humor into the subject, though — thanks in large part to Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, who has blocked legislation that would require background checks for gun buyers.

“This weekend’s tragedy garnered so much attention that President Trump couldn’t respond with his usual sad tweet. Instead, he had to come out and give a formal address to the nation this morning where he condemned white supremacy and domestic terrorism. Unfortunately, he offered condolences to the people of Toledo, which is not one of the cities that had a mass shooting. So that was basically the mass shooting equivalent of saying the wrong person’s name in bed.” — TREVOR NOAH

“And by the way, the word ‘Toledo’ wasn’t even in the teleprompter. Somebody got this shot: It clearly says Texas and Ohio. Nice work, Don Burgundy. You’re doing great.” — JIMMY KIMMEL

“Wrong city, but don’t worry, sir. It’s not like Ohio’s that important in presidential elections.” — STEPHEN COLBERT

In his “Selfie Interview” segment, David Spade asked Tina Fey who would play her in a movie, and what popular film she’d never seen.

The Democratic presidential candidate Marianne Williamson will chat with Trevor Noah on “The Daily Show.”

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