If you’ve been wondering since July what Jordan Klepper’s upcoming, Alex Jones-inspired late-night series might look like, Comedy Central has finally delivered your answer. The first promo for the series, released Wednesday, offers viewers their first glimpse of the comedian’s new character. As promised, he’s bombastic, hates the “mainstream,” and comes off as a total blowhard.
“They’re lying to you,” Klepper insists in the teaser. “The mainstream establishment has poisoned your mind. They say we should investigate Trump; I say, impeach Hillary.”
Klepper will be taking Larry Wilmore’s old slot on weeknights after The Daily Show. Unlike Wilmore, however, Klepper will be playing a character whose opinions include the idea that if global warming is made by man, “that’s probably why we earn 30 cents more on the dollar,” and that although “they” insist that our children learn Chinese, China isn’t actually real. (“No one I know has, like, ever been there—and I know a ton of people.”) Klepper often played a clueless, bumbling white guy on The Daily Show and, more recently, in his special Jordan Klepper Solves Guns. This character, however, is far more extreme.
Like The President Show, it seems that Klepper’s late-night joint will take a more oblique route in mocking Jones et. al than more straightforward series like The Daily Show. Mockery via imitation is a game Comedy Central already knows well, thanks to The Colbert Report. Then again, Klepper has his sights on a slightly different target: his inspiration is far more of a fringe figure than Colbert muse Bill O’Reilly, and the media landscape is much more fragmented than it was when Colbert debuted in 2005. That might explain the final line of Klepper’s teaser: “Who are they? The enemy. Who’s the enemy? They are. I already said that. Pay attention! It’s time for us to fight back against them. Because them are fighting against we.”
His conspiracy-theory mockery could prove insightful and amusing, if done well—but it might also be difficult for some viewers to stomach, since his words barely sound different from the insidiousness he’s trying to lampoon. We’ll find out whether Klepper can make it work when his series debuts September 25.
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