Laura Benanti Plays Melania Trump on Colbert, Defends RNC Speech With More Borrowed Lines

Supergirl‘s Laura Benanti on Tuesday assumed what might just be her greatest role yet: Melania Trump.

The Tony-winning actress appeared in character as the potential First Lady during the cold open of a live Late Show With Stephen Colbert, and miserably failed to make amends for plagiarizing parts of her speech from Night 1 of the Republican National Convention.

Along the way, she borrowed a bevy of famous TV and film quotes, including lines from The Fresh Prince of Bel-AirThe Lion King and Braveheart. The speech went as follows:

“My fellow Americans,” she said before stopping to pose for the cameras, “this is truly the best of times, it is the worst of times. I did not plagiarize my speech last night. I would never do such a thing. I could not, would not with a goat. I would not, could not on a boat. That is because I learned honesty during my humble upbringing in West Philadelphia, born and raised, and on the playground is where I spent most of my days. So to those who say I stole my speech, I say gimme a break, gimme a break, break me off a piece of that Kit Kat bar. They may be able to take our lives, but they will never be able to take our freedom. I am mad as hell and I am not going take it anymore. You’ve got to fight for your right to party. Boom goes the dynamite! Hakuna Matata! I’m lovin’ it. Oh, and one more thing: Live from New York, it’s Saturday night!”

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33 Comments
  1. BetsyBoo says:

    (Tony-WINNING actress….)

    And yes. POW

  2. Danny says:

    Performer of the week for sure! The laugh I got from this was such a catharsis.

  3. Stacy says:

    This is GOLD. Benanti is fabulous at imitating Melania.

  4. Angela says:

    I loved the bit before that when Colbert put the blame on Melania’s speechwriters, and was like, “If only there was someone in that part adept at firing people…” :D.

    • Mary says:

      Yes, but the only problem is if he fired someone it wouldn’t follow the narrative of blaming Clinton and admitting that he was wrong.

  5. rahajicho says:

    Just realizing how Supergirl wasted this talent.

  6. DT says:

    This was brilliant! Loved it and love her!

  7. MMD says:

    Absolutely awesome and I love Laura Benanti. The comic takes on the convention are the only things I am watching even though the entire convention is a joke.

  8. Walkie says:

    My goodness she is a beautiful woman. Wow.

  9. Joe says:

    Silly leftist site cares more about what a potential First Lady said , not even the candidate, then Hillary lieing about and deleting classified emails. Keep up the good work!

    • Simon Jester says:

      It’s a TV entertainment site, Einstein. Colbert qualifies. And at least these “silly leftists” know how to spell.

      • LC says:

        Exactly. Its a joke. She (or someone on Trump’s team) plagiarized the speech. It’s a fact and people are going to laugh about it, especially since the campaign won’t just admit it. Melania is not some special snowflake. If anything you should be mad at her husband for not caring that someone on his team let her get up there and be a laughingstock.

      • Joe says:

        Typical lefty comment, nothing on the facts, just complaints of spelling or grammar. Colbert doesn’t qualify as anything, hence the pathetic ratings.

        • Simon Jester says:

          Ratings are irrelevant when determining whether a TV entertainment SHOW qualifies for coverage on a TV entertainment SITE. Please tell me you’re not really this dimwitted.

          • Joe says:

            Says the guy still avoiding the initial comment and attacking grammar and such. Poor pathetic fool, jester says it appropriately

          • Simon Jester says:

            @Joe – I responded to your whining in the first 8 words of my initial response. Commenting on your 8th-grade level spelling was just a delightful bonus.

        • LT says:

          That’s funny…a rightie commenting on “facts”. LMAO.

          • Joe says:

            Let’s hear yours then LT now that you’ve thrown your 2 cents in. Nothing on Hillary’s lies?

    • Michael Pierce says:

      Typical right wing bologna. Every time someone makes a negative comment about Trump and his troop, all the republicans do is say, “Yeah, but HILARY!” You, my friend are the ones who avoid the topics at hand. So, if it makes you happy, I agree that Hilary is a liar. But so is Trump. Trump is as phony as a $4 bill. Oh, and Colbert is fabulous. So was Laura Benanti in this sketch.

  10. Mary says:

    Love her, there my friend is talent.

  11. Jason says:

    There is never enough of her on my tv screen. I wish they could bring her back to Nashville this season.

  12. jakis says:

    Love her. Love her. Love her.

  13. Summer says:

    This is like Tina-Fey-as-Sarah-Palin levels of amazing.

    More, please.

  14. Jesse says:

    I love, love, love Laura Benanti! She can do no wrong in my book.

    I wish I were in NY – I want to see her in “She Loves Me” so badly.

    • Simon Jester says:

      It’s already closed on Broadway, and you also missed a livestream broadcast at the end of June… but in a few months, it will be available for rental at BroadwayHD(dot)com.

  15. liame says:

    Brilliant and LOL hilarious shyt!

  16. Carol Scoggins says:

    /….
    This displays your Ignorance. Melania’s speech was great and you know it. Is this all you have to do with your time? Sad, Sad Get a life!