Stephen Colbert Listens In As Moses Returns To The Burning Bush In The Coronavirus Era

Erik Pedersen

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The Late Show with Stephen Colbert is in action, even if the rest of us aren’t. In a clip from tonight’s episode, the CBS late-night host does some revisionist history that involves Charlton Heston, a burning bush, the coronavirus — and, of course, Tiger King.

Starting off with a CNN report about how some churches are defying shelter-in-place orders, the sketch follows a wise-cracking Lord Almighty as he encounters a kneeling Moses from The Ten Commandments. Splicing God’s Word with dialogue from the 1956 epic, it imagines advice that He bestows upon his humble servant.

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“In the future, there will be a worldwide pandemic,” Moses is told. “Super-scary. Tell the faithful they should pray to me from home.”

But wait, there’s more.

“Also, worry not — I will send down a savior,” God says.

“They will ask, ‘What is his name?'” Moses replies.

At the risk of giving away the punchline, we’ll pause here while the reader comes up with one for him- or herself. (Just one hint: It’s not the guy Colbert name-checks on a nightly basis.) When you’re ready, watch how it plays out below, but remember: Thou shalt not be a sucker!”


 

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