John Lithgow Captures the Age of Trump in Poetry and Cartoons with Dumpty

John Lithgow Captures the Age of Trump in Poetry and Cartoons with Dumpty


-I also quickly want to mention
your best-selling book. -Yes! Thank you.
-It’s some poems. -It’s called “Dumpty.” And… -And Look at this —
New York Times Best Seller. -Best Seller. That’s what I’m
talking about, baby! ♪♪
[ Cheers and applause ] -Whoa! -It’s really —
It’s a great book. It’s very funny. And you also do all
the illustrations yourself. -That’s right, including
the nice portrait of our man. -Yeah. What made you want to
write this book? -You know, it was
the last thing I wanted to do. I performed a parody of
a Gilbert and Sullivan song in a New York
Public Theater gala, rewriting all the lyrics. Instead of “I am the very model
of a modern major general,” I made it
“ex-lieutenant general” and did it in the character of
Michael T. Flynn. And it absolutely kills.
-Yes. -And I thought, “Wait a minute.”
-There’s something here. -“There’s something in this.” It’s much easier to make a
punch line work if it rhymes. -Yeah. That’s good.
-There you are. Best-selling poet. Who ever dreamed?
-Right? A best-selling poet.
This is it. And I like your
introduction, too, ’cause you were saying like, “Look, if you’re a fan of this
guy, just read on.” -Yeah. Right. -Yeah, it’s just — The way you
do it is very graceful. And then the first poem is
“Trumpty Dumpty.” “Trumpty Dumpty wanted a wall. To stir up a
rabid, political brawl.” It’s unbelievable. “Trumpty Dumpty kept insisting. More and more citizens
started resisting. Sadly, there won’t be an
to end this tale. At least until
reasonable people prevail.” It was very —
[ Cheers and applause ] Good for you. -Well, you know,
it became a history book as soon as I finished
the last poem, because events move so fast. It’s all about people who have
long, long since left the scene. They’ve all been
fired or stormed off. -Yeah. -Who remembers Tom Price and
Harold Bornstein? -Yeah. It’s interesting, right?
-Yeah. -It’s all changing so fast. I do want to show a clip, ’cause I want everyone to see
a clip from “Bombshell.” This is the movie that
John is in, but you won’t recognize him,
because he’s just amazing. Anyway, here’s John Lithgow
in “Bombshell.” Take a look at this. -The accusations against
Roger Ailes… -I have never run a god[bleep]
Dairy Queen. You don’t get to go
and get whatever you want. Everybody on my shows knows
the meaning of decency. And I do mean everybody. A TV outfit needs
tough, confident women. Do I push them?
You bet your ass I do! But have I ever demanded
sex during a casting session? I defy you to find any evidence
that a single part of what these women
are saying is true. Get ready. More will come. We need to let Rupert know
what it means if I lose. Gretchen Carlson
can kill Fox News. This is a fight for your jobs. If I go, you go! -Yes! That is how you do it! That is how you do it!
John Lithgow, everybody!

42 thoughts on “John Lithgow Captures the Age of Trump in Poetry and Cartoons with Dumpty”

  1. Why is everything so political on fallon lately? … i watched fallon over Kimmel because he wasn’t political but now it’s ruining the show with all the political crap… cmon Fallon

  2. I bet that he didn't have the republican national committee bulk-buy his book to make it appear on the NYT bestseller list, like Don Jr. did.
    The american people should be definitely triggered. You are being robbed in plain sight and you quarrel over peloton and hallmark ads. SMH!

  3. God I'm so sick of hearing celebrities with trump obsession the country is running better with trump than Obama the only difference is hollywood is retaliating because there elite girl Hillary lost big deal he gets them back on Twitter do you blame the man these are the same people that kept there mouth shut for 8 years of bad policy. …why do they think that they own the moral highground with trump you get the raw deal without the phony actions I want to run my life not hollyweird and big government

  4. Humpty Trumpty wanted a wall
    Humpty Trumpty became hysterical
    The wall just got 10 feet higher
    Shouted the pathological liar
    And who’s going to pay
    The citizens of the U S of A

  5. The hate for President Trump has consumed them. They give him more free publicity than anyone else and his supporters love it.
    Time to change tactics morons.
    The maestro is 17 moves ahead of you.

  6. He's great. Love his humor. Going to buy several copies and share with my Republican friends and family, for XMAS gifts. (Not as a white elephant gift, either).

  7. Pile of shit propaganda film. Sorry, but after what happened in 2016 and what the media did to Trump, and all the lefty dem late night political commentators, you will not see another dem president in your lifetime. You have all royally fucked up.

  8. I will never forget John Lithgow ran me over (on foot) at the 1996 Olympics. We were making our way through a huge crowd and I nearly got knocked down and looked up and there was John Lithgow, he didn’t see me. That was the first year 3rd Rock from the Sun was out, and I was such a huge fan, mostly of Joseph Gordon Levitt but the rest of the cast as well and I just stood there with my mouth hanging open screaming at my Dad…”THATS THE GUY FROM 3rd Rock” but he had already disappeared in the crowd by then…ahhh, good times 😂

  9. Yes Hollywood is so in touch with working class Americans get fucked! Yes progressive socialist's are so reasonable lmfao .Self important rich people living in some kind of twatwaffle bubble.

  10. It may be a best seller -because everyone likes the author. To continually disparage our President is very little of you. As celebrities continue to show their political colors they loose respect-especially when they put down the leader of Our Country.

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