This week was too much. But if you’ve had a recent feeling that reality no longer makes sense, this isn’t going to help.
Amid everything else that happened over the last few days, Seth Meyers devoted a long segment of “Late Night” to a sketch that involved the green ogre Shrek. More specifically, the segment was an ode to the seven-year anniversary of “Shrek Forever After: The Final Chapter 3D,” the fourth “Shrek” movie.
Although not mentioned in the sketch, it should be pointed out that the tagline for that movie was, “It ain’t ogre... til it’s ogre.”
This wasn’t entirely a random choice by Meyers, as the show has a recurring sketch featuring writer Conner O’Malley as “Anniversary Guy.” This character heckles Meyers from the crowd to insist mentioning obscure anniversaries. In the past, O’Malley has dressed as The Mask and Darth Maul, but his Shrek is a whole new level of commitment.
After Meyers feigned annoyance that this Shrek was interrupting his show, O’Malley started bantering back and forth with the host, expressing immense enthusiasm for Shrek with lines like, “I don’t understand why Congress can’t get off of their asses and get some more Shrek movies out there!”
To close out the sketch, O’Malley stood up to twinkling music and delivered an impassioned speech about the profound merits of Shrek. Somehow, Paul Ryan was involved.
Meyers eventually asked him how much longer this speech would last, to which O’Malley responded, “Uhh... I haven’t even gotten to the part about Shrek’s penis.” With that, the skit ended.
On Twitter, O’Malley later reiterated, “SHREK IS IMPORTANT.”
Although Meyers has been doing a great job focusing on the politics of the day on “Late Night,” it’s welcome to see that a sketch that doesn’t reference Donald Trump or involve a huge celebrity can still be successful.
And if you’re not going to talk about Trump, might as well spend that airtime doing something really, really bizarre, right?
Of course, as readers who recognize the reference in this headline already know, this is far from the strangest Shrek-related joke that’s ever been made. Still, this Meyers and O’Malley sketch was a respite in a week that never seemed like it was going to end. And now it’s finally ogre.