Conan O’Brien and his staff walk such a great, fine line with these recurring leaked phone calls between Obama and Trump.
The bit, born after the election out of the fact that Obama and Trump do have real life conversations, are very silly and clever, a cornerstone of Conan, but it still sticks it to Trump.
Plenty of roaring fire is being held to feet of Trump and his cronies by John Oliver, Samantha Bee, Trevor Noah, Stephen Colbert and Seth Meyers and they’ll continue to do so exquisitely over the next four years.
With that angle covered, Conan takes the approach he has always taken where he aims for the comedy, specifically the silly and absurd, before getting too political or partisan.
These recurring leaked phone calls accomplishes that and also steers clear of normalizing the situation of President Elect Trump as all of these faux conversations are about how irregular all of this is.
Also, take note how spot on the Obama impersonator is.
It’s a little bit of the best of both worlds in late night satirizing Trump.