A Stephen Colbert election night special sounded like a perfect fit, returning the erstwhile Colbert Report host to his political lane to mock Donald Trump's inevitable downfall and make some quippy pant-suit and email jokes about the historic first female president-elect. Except, despite advance polling to the contrary, when the show went live on Showtime at 11 p.m. ET on Tuesday night (Nov. 8), Trump appeared to be victorious and Clinton's chances were beyond slim -- and the whole thing turned out to be a lot less funny than anyone anticipated.
A bright spot of the reality-check comedy special was the upbeat musical stylings of Jon Batiste and Stay Human, Colbert's Late Show house band, who were joined by Elle King for the night. In addition to joining in on the between-segment musical numbers, King also performed her song "America's Sweetheart" -- and the repeated chorus of "I'm not America's sweetheart" brought to mind Clinton and her once-again-failed attempt at the presidency.