Laura Benanti returned to “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” Tuesday to reprise her spot-on parody of Melania Trump — this time with some uncomfortable Billy Bush references.
The Tony Award-winning actress wowed Colbert’s audience (and the Internet) in July when she spoofed Melania Trump’s Republican National Convention speech, revealed to have lifted passagesfrom Michelle Obama’s 2008 address to the Democratic National Convention. On Tuesday, Benanti mocked Melania Trump’s recent interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper.
In the CNN interview, which aired Monday, Melania Trump defended Donald Trump for lewd comments he made about women during a 2005 conversation that was caught on a microphone, telling Cooper that Trump had been “egged on” by Bush, at the time a reporter for “Access Hollywood,” to “say dirty and bad stuff.”
On “The Late Show,” Colbert riffed on Melania Trump’s interviews with Cooper and Fox Newsbefore welcoming her “via satellite.” Enter Benanti, who alternated between pursing her lips and giving smoldering glances to the camera as she defended Trump’s comments in an Eastern European accent. “I said to my husband that these comments are very inappropriate,” she said. “Plus, he said them on a bus. Disgusting.”
“Have you forgiven your husband?” Colbert asked.
Benanti squirmed and shook her head before pretending to catch the eye of someone coaching her out of view of the camera. “Oooh … yes!” she said, before shaking her head again.
“He explained it was locker room talk,” she said. “I did not know this, but when American men gather to sport they always brag of grabbing women by the Billy Bush.”
Benanti also echoed Melania Trump’s description of her husband’s comments as “boy talk.”
“I hate to point this out, but your husband isn’t a boy, he’s a 70-year-old man,” Colbert said.
“Boys, men — it’s the same. No matter how nice they seem, secretly they’re all foul-mouthed Billy Bush-grabbing pigs,” she said.
“They’re all animals. If only a woman could be president,” she added.
When Colbert helpfully pointed out that “Hillary Clinton is a woman — why don’t you just vote for her?” Benanti replied that there was a bad connection and slid out of her chair.
— The Late Show (@colbertlateshow) 19 октября 2016 г.