WATCH: Stephen Colbert's Touching Tribute on the Paris Attacks
Comedy shows have a hard time dealing with mass tragedies, like the terrorist attack this weekend in France that killed 132. How to pivot from acknowledgement of a horrible event while still maintaining the reason for being on air: to make people laugh. After all, one comes to a comedy show in part to get away from terrible news.
Colbert, as always, did a classy job Monday night, showing solidarity with the French people while still getting in some good zingers about French potato-frying technology and clueless Americans attempting to show support for France by watching a cartoon mouse cook food.
"I wanted to start my show tonight by once again offering our thoughts and prayers to the people of Paris," Colbert said. "New York is a city that sadly knows too well the horror the French experienced on Friday. And we also know there are no words that can reach the depth of their grief and their shock, but we stand with the people of France as a friend, and an ally, and offer a hope that there is a way through the unspeakable tragedy."
Watch the clip below: