The production team of Stephen Colbert’s comedy Late Night Show was recently arrested at the US Capitol while they were filming some material. The US Capitol has been the subject of much debate lately due to ongoing investigations into the riots that occurred there after the 2020 election.
Members of the production team were arrested from the Longworth House office building when the United States Capitol Police received a disturbance complaint. The production team was filming clips from the Triumph the Insult Comic dog, which was voiced and played by Robert Smigl, who was among the people arrested.
Stephen Colbert addressed the matter on his show Monday night. The comedian joked, “The Capitol Police are more vigilant than they were 18 months ago. And for very good reason. If you don’t know what that reason is, I know the news network you’re watching.”
However, the comedian explained, “The Capitol Police were just doing their job. My staff was doing their job. Everyone was very professional. Everyone was very calm. My staff was detained, processed, and released.”
The production team filmed authorized interviews with members of Congress who were filming poses and other parts in the halls of the Capitol when the United States Capitol Police arrived and detained the team.
Addressing the situation, Stephen Colbert joked, “This was a first-class play. This was a rant with goofy intent. To embezzle an old Conan piece.”
Colbert said this in response to Tucker Carlson’s comments on Fox News that claimed the arrested team had “committed a mutiny in the US Capitol”.
“First of all, what?”
The investigation into the Capitol riot continues with the testimonies of several witnesses close to the event.