Stephen Colbert’s Seditionist Roundup profiles Capitol rioters

A Late Show with Stephen Colbert (Photo: Scott Kowalchyk/CBS)
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It has been almost two months since the riot at the U.S. Capitol. Law enforcement agencies continue to identify and arrest persons of interest on charges they participated in the insurrection. Even worse, some have found themselves subject of the “Seditionist Roundup” segment on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

Stephen Colbert had the strongest reaction to the Capitol riot when it happened on Jan. 6. The Late Show went live that night as Colbert vented his frustration, shock, and sadness all while pinning most of the blame on Republicans supporting election conspiracies.

We know that the government won’t be holding former President Donald Trump accountable for his role in the riot. But there continue to be more and more arrests of those who attended the rally and then stormed the Capitol.

The arrests have inspired the “Seditionist Roundup” segment on The Late Show. The latest installment came during Colbert’s monologue last night as three more individuals were put in the spotlight.

Stephen Colbert starts off by profiling Richard Michetti who was identified to the FBI by his ex-girlfriend. Michetti argued with his ex-girlfriend while at the Capitol, providing texts, pictures, and videos to confirm he participated in the assault. According to Colbert, there is no better proof of winning a breakup than getting your ex to face up to 20 years in prison for an insurrection.

Then, realtor Jenna Ryan was next up to get Colbert’s attention. The Late Show host points out the absurdity of claiming to be in a life or death fight only to follow it with an ad for her realtor business. Colbert suggests that Ryan can learn from her mistakes with a little time away, like in prison.

Finally, the “zip tie guy” Eric Munchel faces Colbert’s judgment. The comedian isn’t buying Munchel’s excuses that he was following former President Trump’s orders or that he was merely keeping tabs on his mother.

Stephen Colbert and other late night hosts have found some humor in the Capitol attack

There is nothing inherently funny about what happened at the Capitol on Jan. 6. It was one of the worst days in American history and people lost their lives.

Like with everything else, late night TV hosts are expected to find levity in the news and deliver it to their audiences. It hasn’t been easy when it comes to the Capitol riot but Stephen Colbert and others seem to have found an angle in mocking the rioters.

We’ve seen it from Jimmy Kimmel. He roasted the rioters who were arrested because they couldn’t help but post about the attack on social media. The Daily Show has videos of Jordan Klepper talking with/mocking Trump supporters at the rally and on their way to the Capitol. Now we have another edition of The Late Show‘s “Seditionist Roundup” to add to the list.

These jokes and monologue bits are a small distraction from the severity of what happened at the Capitol. But they are also a reminder of why so many people turn to late night in these times because a little distraction is necessary every now and then.

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