Jordan Klepper makes his late night hosting debut (not counting his turn subbing in for Trevor Noah on The Daily Show last year) a week from today, and Comedy Central just released a brand new promo for the show. In a recent interview with The New York Times, Klepper said that The Opposition takes inspiration from “more incendiary and conspiratorial sources that have gained prominence in the Trump era” such as Alex Jones, Jesse Watters, and Breitbart: “They all see being transgressive as something that is ultimately positive, that automatically makes you authentic … They’re opportunists, and they know how to sell their brand.” And here’s what Klepper had to say about viewers drawing comparisons to The Colbert Report:
Mr. Klepper does not deny that his character-based approach to satire will inevitably draw comparisons to The Colbert Report, the acclaimed series that Mr. Colbert hosted from 2005 to 2014 in the guise of a fatuous right-wing commentator named Stephen Colbert. (Mr. Klepper even addresses his viewers as “couch warriors,” just as Mr. Colbert called them “nation.”)
“Colbert showed that you can do a character as a sustainable way in which to attack that landscape,” Mr. Klepper said. But where Mr. Colbert modeled his alter ego on the Fox News stalwart Bill O’Reilly, Mr. Klepper said The Opposition was doing something different: “We have to tell our stories through a different mind-set, a different filter,” he said. “We have to make it about now.”
Check out the new promo above, and catch the rest when The Opposition debuts on Comedy Central next Monday, September 25th at 11:30pm.