Stephen Colbert has done character work before, but his new character parodying Alex Jones is the best he’s done.
The InfoWars conspiracy theorist is currently embroiled in a custody case with his ex-wife, Kelly Jones, who claims he’s “not a stable person.” “He says he wants to break Alec Baldwin’s neck,” she continued. “He wants J-Lo to get raped.”
But Jones’ attorney, Randall Wilhite, asserts his client is “playing a character” like “a performance artist,” and that evaluating “Alex Jones,” as opposed to Alex Jones, would be “like judging Jack Nicholson in a custody dispute based on his performance as the Joker in Batman.”
On Monday’s Late Show, Colbert empathized with Jones, admitting he feels for him. “Everybody knows that for many years I played a satirical right-wing character, OK?” he said. Then, the pivot: “This happened to me all time, when I played my right-wing character, talk radio host Tuck Buckford.” It’s only a matter of time before your uncle is sharing Buckford memes on Facebook.