Is this real life? Yes, Kimmel assures his viewers, after Vice President Pence delivers a speech straight out of a '90s disaster movie.
Vice President Mike Pence made Donald Trump's Space Force official on Thursday, and late-night comedians Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Kimmel joined a number of Hollywood stars in ridiculing the whole thing to infinity and beyond.
"Longtime viewers of the Trump administration will remember that Space Force is the president’s boldest idea that he got from a Buzz Lightyear Happy Meal toy," Colbert joked.
Meanwhile, ABC star Kimmel broke into laughter repeatedly throughout his monologue after playing clips of Pence's press conference, full of super-serious(ly hilarious) statements like, "Now the time has come to write the next great chapter in the history of our armed forces, to prepare for the next battlefield where America's best and brightest will get called to deter and defeat a new generation of threats to our people, to our nation. The time has come to establish the United States Space Force."
"That was not a scene from a movie. That was real," Kimmel clarified for his viewers, in case they thought they were watching a clip from a '90s disaster movie.
'The Late Show with Stephen Colbert'
The CBS star played his viewers a clip of what may very well could have been Trump coming up with Space Force on the fly this past March. "We may even have a Space Force, develop another one," Trump said in a speech. "We have the Air Force, we'll have the Space Force. We'll call it the Space Force. Think of that! Space Force."
"Yes, think of that! But not too hard, because it’s stupid," Colbert fired back. "We already have NASA! We don’t need Space Force. Please wait until NASA finds life until you try to kill it."
Colbert described Pence's speech as "a stirring call to what we're already doing."
In his most pointed commentary, Colbert played a doctored clip of President John F. Kennedy saying, "We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but to distract from Robert Mueller. Witch hunt!"
After roasting Pence's speech beat by beat, he turned his attention to the president himself and broke out his Trump impression.
"'Space Force, you know I love it. Of course I would join, but I have space spurs,'" Colbert joked, referencing that time Trump got out of the Vietnam War draft in the late 1960s by claiming he had bone spurs.
'Jimmy Kimmel Live!'
"The Space force is actually happening. They’ve got plans, they’re finding money, Michael Bay is on board to direct the whole thing," Kimmel joked while laughing at Pence's spectacle. "This announcement was a big bone to throw Mike Pence. Mike Pence loves space. Sometimes mother even lets him wear rocket shit pajamas."
Pence did manage to impress the frequent critic of the Trump administration.
"I watched this whole announcement this morning and I was impressed by the fact that Mike Pence was somehow able to make an announcement about interspace warfare boring," he joked. "That’s hard to do."
Then Kimmel introduced a new conspiracy theory: "I must say, I respect Trump for taking this joke as far as he has. Imagine if he did this all as a prank on Mike Pence, just to get him to announce it."
Kimmel wrapped up by noting that Space Force is "not an original idea." Turns out, Fred Willard led a cast of goofy characters in a '70s sitcom also called "Space Force."
"Maybe that’s where Trump got the idea. He was a kid watching 'Space Force' on NBC," Kimmel said before Willard appeared on the program in character. Enjoy that sketch above.