Kimmel, Fallon Dodge Northam Controversy, Both Wore Blackface Before

February 5th, 2019 7:59 PM

For several years, late-night talk show hosts have regularly hurled their barbs at President Trump, but on Monday, most liberal comics instead made fun of Virginia’s Democrat Governor Ralph Northam, who was allegedly found in a 1984 yearbook that contained a picture of one man in blackface and another wearing a KKK costume.

Most of the time, ABC late-night comedian Jimmy Kimmel and Jimmy Fallon of NBC's The Tonight Show are two of the five weekday broadcast network comedians, but this time they avoided the day’s biggest topic, probably because both comedians have previously used blackface makeup in their careers.

According to an article by our friend Joseph Wulfsohn at

Kimmel wore blackface on numerous occasions, impersonating NBA Hall of Famer Karl Malone as well as former daytime talk show host Oprah Winfrey in his Comedy Central series The Man Show.

Fallon also appeared in blackface during his days on Saturday Night Live, impersonating Chris Rock in a sketch.

“Both Kimmel and Fallon focused much of their monologues on Sunday’s lackluster Super Bowl and squeezed in mockery of President Donald Trump,”  Wulfsohn stated.

However, other comedians “had lots of fun at Northam’s expense.”

Daily Show host Trevor Noah referred to the governor as a ‘legend’ for knowing for certain he didn’t do blackface in the photo because he did blackface another time,” Wulfsohn noted.

Next up was Late Show host Stephen Colbert, who “hit the Virginia politician for saying he ‘finally had a chance’ to sit down and look at the photo from the yearbook.”

“I’m guessing that wearing blackface is one of those things you would remember doing, like skydiving or your first time,” Colbert told his CBS audience.

Late Night host Seth Meyers “poked fun at Northam for not identifying whether he was the one in blackface or in the KKK hood, calling it a ‘real lose-lose.’

“That’s like being asked whether you’re Erik or Lyle Menendez,” Meyers joked about the brothers who murdered their parents in 1989.

“I’m not a professor of political science,” he continued, “but it’s not good when you have to specify whether you’re the one in blackface or the one in the KKK robe.”

All three comics slammed the governor for almost doing the moonwalk at his press conference, which was prevented by his wife. Meyers declared the exchange as “one of the more cringe-worthy moments in recent political history.”

Meanwhile, Colbert had a simple message for Northam.

“You hold onto that good woman," Colbert said. "Between the two of you, you’ve got one brain.”

Meanwhile, Breitbart's Justin Caruso also weighed in on the situation.

“Indeed, though both Kimmel and Fallon are now subservient to the politically correct nature of Hollywood, there was a time where both reveled in some politically incorrect humor -- Kimmel especially.”

“On The Man Show,” Caruso reported, “Kimmel and his co-host Adam Carolla did a number of non-PC skits. In one, they poke fun at Asians for a ‘limited grasp of English’ and call their home countries ‘hellholes.’”

Like Northam and Virginia Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax -- who has been hit with charges of sexual assault -- Kimmel and Fallon are learning the hard way that it’s no fun when past behavior is judged by current standards.