Colbert’s Riff on Lighting Up With Roll Call Photographer

After photo of Ted Cruz's left-of-center parking job

Posted May 12, 2016 at 11:16am


Stephen Colbert used none other than Roll Call Bill Clark’s photograph to poke fun at Sen. Ted Cruz’s return to the Senate on Tuesday.

Clark captured a photograph of a car Cruz was exiting outside the Capitol parked clearly over two spots.

“People were wondering if a more humbled Ted Cruz would try to get along better with his fellow senators and we got our answer in this photo,” Colbert said on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” Wednesday night.

He then showed Clark’s photograph straight from his Twitter account.

“Look at that parking job. I never thought I’d be saying this, but, Sen. Cruz, you should move a little further to the right,” the late night host said.

Then, Colbert revealed his connection to Clark.

“The photojournalist who took this photo is a guy named Bill Clark. And this is true, I went to school with Bill Clark,” Colbert said.

The two attended their high school’s homecoming dance together.

“We didn’t have dates because we were both — nerds, I believe is the word.”

Colbert also shared another story from their high school days.

“I don’t want to be too specific about our history together,” he said. “I just want to say that back in high school, Bill was the first person I ever did something with, that is now legal Colorado.”

And what about that once-illegal recreational activity now?

“Let’s just say, I am glad Bill wasn’t taking photographs back then,” Colbert said.