Late-Night Comics React to Credit Rating Downgrade

by | August 9, 2011 at 11:28 AM | Late Night, TV News

Clockwise from upper left: Jay Leno, Jimmy Kimmel, Conan O'Brien, Jimmy Fallon (Photos: Getty, ABC, TBS, NBC)

Clockwise from upper left: Jay Leno, Jimmy Kimmel, Conan O'Brien, Jimmy Fallon (Photos: Getty, ABC, TBS, NBC)

The U.S. credit rating downgrade from triple-A to double-A was Topic-A on the late-night shows Monday night.

America’s late-night funnymen all led their monologues with the nation’s money woes.

Some of them managed to work this past weekend’s movie hit “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” into their monologue jokes about the economy.

“The number one movie in America — ‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes’ — made $54 million,” noted Jay Leno on “The Tonight Show” on NBC. ” It’s pretty good. It’s a prequel to all the other ‘Planet of the Apes’ movies. It shows how the apes became more intelligent than the humans. Give you an idea how smart these apes are: They actually have a AAA credit rating! Something we no longer have!”

Watch Jay Leno’s Monday monologue right here:




On NBC’s “Late Night” Jimmy Fallon noted the similarity between an “AAA” credit rating and the automobile club also known as AAA. “Man, America’s credit rating took a real hit this weekend,” Fallon said. “On Friday night, the U.S. actually lost its triple-A status, or, as Joe Biden put it: ‘What happens if I get a flat tire?’ ”

Watch Jimmy Fallon’s Monday monologue here:




On Comedy Central, Jon Stewart’s “Daily Show” created a graphic inspired by the ape movie for its credit-rating coverage: “Rise of the Planet of the AAs.” In his remarks at the top of the show Monday, Stewart made fun of the name of the credit-rating company Standard & Poor’s, imagining it as the title of a cop show from the ’70s — “Standard & Poors” — starring Sharon Gless and Tom Wopat. “Detroit crime just got downgraded!” Stewart said.

Watch the entire “Daily Show” from Monday night here:




Jimmy Kimmel likened the U.S. to a financially strapped relative. “You know that cousin who asks you for $900 to get his DJ company off the ground?” Kimmel asked on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” on ABC. “That’s us, that’s what we are to China right now!”

Watch what Jimmy Kimmel had to say about the U.S. credit woes here:




On his TBS talk show “Conan,” Conan O’Brien also had a novel idea involving “Wheel of Fortune” star Pat Sajak. “Of course, you all know the story – the stock market dropped 600 points today because Standard & Poor’s downgraded our credit rating from triple-A to double-A,” O’Brien said. “On the bright side, Pat Sajak has offered to sell us another ‘A’ for $2 trillion!”

Watch Conan’s Monday monologue right here:





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