In times of tragedy, people look to comedians for comfort. Not only is laughter the best medicine, but late night hosts have the platform to reflect how the people feel. Saturday Night Live took a movingly bilingual route, while John Oliver got to take advantage of "premium cable profanity" in his message for the attackers. Last night, most hosts' first shows since the tragedy, here are how a few late night hosts responded to the attacks, with their unique brands of both sensitivity and humor.
"Anything that is an attempt at human connection in the world right now is a positive. Did you get out of bed this morning and not try to kill someone? Then you're on the right side."
“To the people of France, we commend you. I will say you are ruining our cultural stereotypes, because the French are supposed to be cold and unwelcoming, and then you go and do these beautiful things. Who do we make jokes about now? Finland? Because we will. We will make jokes about Finland, if we have to.”
“I’ve been [to Paris] many times. I almost proposed to my wife in Paris. I should have. It would have made for a far less awkward, intense flight home.”
“Look, France, you are our oldest ally. You understand us more than anybody. You gave us our biggest emotions, bling, you even put up with us when we tried to change the name of your delicious fries. You have always had our back. If somebody f*** with you, they f*** with us, all right.”