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Election night TV comedy: What to watch if you stay up late

Stephen Colbert, left, and Jon Stewart, right, on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” on Monday.
Stephen Colbert, left, and Jon Stewart, right, on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” on Monday. CBS

If you grow tired of pundits and polls by bedtime tonight, you might want to turn your brain over to our nation’s comedians.

A couple of late night talk shows have live specials on election night, which can either help you forget your sorrows or boost celebratory mood, depending on your candidate’s fate. A few other late shows will air their specials later in the week – maybe your wounds will be less fresh by then.

Here’s a rundown of what you can find.

Tuesday night

▪ The Late Show with Stephen Colbert (11 p.m., Showtime) – Colbert’s election special (“Stephen Colbert’s Live Election Night Democracy’s Series Finale: Who’s Going to Clean Up This Sh-t?”) will air on CBS’ sister network because of actual news on the broadcast network. We know Colbert excels at political comedy – in fact, Monday night’s election-themed show featured his old pal Jon Stewart and Javier Munoz from “Hamilton.” Colbert’s guests on election night include Jeff Goldblum, Katy Perry, Larry Wilmore, Patton Oswalt, Nick Offerman, Jena Friedman and radio personality Charlamagne Tha God. Don’t have Showtime? Colbert’s opening monologue will be streamed live from Showtime’s Facebook page.

▪ The Daily Show with Noah Trevor (11 p.m., Comedy Central) – Noah is also live and the show lasts an hour. (My personal preference, having Showtime, will be Colbert.)

Wednesday night

▪ Full Frontal with Samantha Bee (10:30 p.m., TBS) – For my money, Bee is the best there is. (Bee’s Monday night pre-election show.)

▪ Late Night with Seth Meyers (12:35 a.m., NBC) – Meyers will be preempted on election night, but will focus on the election on the next night’s show.

Friday night

▪ Real Time with Bill Maher (11 p.m., HBO) – Not a surprising entry, considering Maher’s show is about politics all the time. Still, this one falls into the “Don’t Miss” category. His guests will include David Axelrod, Thomas Friedman, Eric Holder and Trae Crowder (The Liberal Redneck).