The Mooch is finally ready to give a major interview since his fall from grace.
Former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci’s choice of venue might raise some eyebrows, though: He will appear on CBS’s “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” on Monday, the comedian announced Wednesday night on Twitter.
Scaramucci had initially planned an Internet event of his own, but that was canceled last week. Instead he’ll take to late-night television, a venue that mourned his job loss for all the material it seemed to squander.
Colbert’s ratings have soared in recent months, as he’s built much of his comedy around skewering President Donald Trump and his administration. That included, for the duration of his short-lived tenure, Scaramucci, whom he dismissed as a “joke” and a “Trump World hanger-on.”
Here are five times Colbert roasted Scaramucci during his 10-day tenure at the White House:
1. Like Scrappy-Doo, or Chachi: On the day of Scaramucci’s hiring, Colbert damned him with faint praise, arguing that any lack of qualifications wasn’t that big a deal for the Trump administration, so Scaramucci would fit in just fine. Colbert wondered, though, if it was all a bit too much, too soon: He said the financier’s hiring was akin to a White House “already running short of story lines, so they started adding crazy new characters. Scaramucci is like adding Scrappy-Doo or Chachi to Happy Days.”
2. First impressions: Colbert uncorked his own version of Scaramucci braggadocious, Long Island patois — and picked up on the short-lived communications director’s insistence about Trump’s athletic prowess from his opening press conference. “I once saw him eat a whole taco bowl and then jump straight into the pool — no cramps,” Colbert said in his best Long Island accent. “This man is a primo athlete. I mean, just look at him.”
3. “Unfiltered Mooch”: Colbert savored the moment that ultimately brought Scaramucci down — his profanity-laced interview with The New Yorker. Alternating between a dramatic reading of Scaramucci quotes and an impression of the White House communications director, Colbert marveled at what he called “unfiltered Mooch.” “Hey everybody, I’m Anthony Scaramucci. The Mooch. I’m a front-stabber. I’m here to fire everybody. Be a little bit nice to me. I’m somebody’s little boy.”
4. Fulfilling his promise. Colbert showed mock devastation at the news of Scaramucci’s firing and summed it up this way: “The front-stabber has been back-stabbed,” Colbert riffed. “He said he was going to fire everybody and I’ve got to admit, he delivered.” He lamented though, that Mooch’s tenure was “not even a whole pay period.”
5. In Memoriam: In a song parody that seemed all but a matter of time, Colbert mourned Scaramucci’s firing with a parody of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody.” It included lines like, “Said some dumb stuff now I’m out … Momma my job had just begun. And now I’ve gone and thrown it all away.”