Late-Night TV Takes a Look at Mike Pence

“Adding Pence really balances the Trump ticket: Crazy Boring 2016.”

Every day Donald Trump makes headlines—what he said that shocked or offended, what’s on his Twitter feed, and, recently, why he chose Governor Mike Pence as his VP running mate. Outside of Indiana, few people have any idea who Governor Pence is or what he stands for. According to Full Frontal host Samantha Bee, 86 percent of Americans had no idea who Pence was before his nomination.

We sifted through late-night talk shows and found out what, exactly, the nation is saying about Governor Pence and the Trump campaign. Here are some of the best quotes and clips.


Late Night with Seth Meyers

“[Pence] looks like the teacher that volunteers to supervise detention.”

“Pence may not be well known, but his anonymity and placid demeanor belie his history as a hardline conservative, and that’s exactly why Trump chose him.”

“To most people, [Pence] seems like your run-of-the-mill politician, and that’s exactly the point. Trump wants us to forget that he is a uniquely reckless threat, and putting Pence on the ticket is one way to do that.”


Full Frontal with Samantha Bee

“Mike Pence was loaned from Republican central casting to play the governor of Indiana, a place known primarily for its stupid number of time zones. It’s 10:30 in Indianapolis, 9:30 in Gary, and 1952 everywhere thanks to Pence.”

“If you’re a lady Hoosier, you may recognize him as the governor who inspected your reproductive organs every 30 days to make sure you weren’t using them in ways that would make Jesus sad.”

Full Frontal would just like to say, ‘Congratulations, Indiana, you just got rid of one of the worst governors you’ve ever had.’”


The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

“Adding Pence really balances the Trump ticket: Crazy Boring 2016.”

“Governor Mike Pence was born in Columbus, Indiana, one morning when lightning struck a jar of mayonnaise.”


SNL’s Weekend Update

Colin Jost and Michael Che took to the streets of Cleveland to asked random people if they could pick out Governor Pence in a lineup of photos.

PLUS: The Daily Show with Trevor Noah

Reporters ask people when exactly America was great, questioning Trump’s slogan “Make America Great Again.”