Althought the U.S. presidential election wasn’t called in Donald Trump’s favor until late into the night, several American comedy programs ended their live broadcasts on somber notes. Daily Show host Trevor Noah tried his best to stay funny, but found himself doubting his comedic abilities as the night wore on. Meanwhile, The Late Show‘s Stephen Colbert said he “[couldn’t] put a happy face on” Trump’s winning the all-important swing state of Florida. This is all very depressing, no doubt, but across the northern border it seems America’s Canadian neighbors have found the perfect antidepressant: a new program called The Beaverton.
Airing Wednesdays at 10:30 p.m., the new Comedy Channel (Canada’s Comedy Central) series premierd on November 9th — the day after Trump defeated Democratic nomine Hillary Clinton. In other words, the new half-hour show — which stems from the Canadian equivalent to The Onion — is the recipient of a rather unique set of circumstances. For while Noah, Colbert and other American television hosts try to come to terms with Trump’s presidency, The Beaverton hosts Miguel Rivas and Emma Hunter can offer their decidedly non-American takes on what’s happening.
Like the exagerated “death” of America, which the program mourned in the above obituary segment:
RIVAS: Our top story, sad news as the United States was found dead last night in its North American home. Investigators have ruled the death a suicide, the result of 300 million gunshots to the foot. The nation was only 240.
HUNTER: Recently, neighbors became concerned when the nation started arguing with itself, developed Type 2 Diabetes, and yelled at brown kids to get off its lawn.
“En lieu of flowers,” Rivas concluded, “the family asked that you send bombs to the Middle East.”
The entire Beaverton opening segment, in which Rivas and Hunter lampoon the U.S. election results, Trump’s future as president, and Clinton’s next “important decision” (“which prison gang to join”) lasts three and a half minutes and, along with the rest of the program, is well worth the watch for chuckling Canadians and ugly-crying Americans alike.