“The purpose of the show is not to respond to references in today’s news cycle,” Mr. Colbert said during a Showtime press conference at the Television Critics Association winter 2018 press tour last month. “It’s about what’s going on behind the doors of the most important house in the world with the most important man in the world.”
Each episode takes up to three months to conceive, write, animate and get on the air but producers do leave themselves each week’s opening scene to insert something more topical. But mostly the focus is on the characters in the President’s orbit.
“I think [author] Michael Wolff stole all 10 of our episodes,” Mr. Colbert said of the book “Fire and Fury.” “There’s nothing in that book that’s not in our show. And we just guessed! The great thing about the Trump administration is, whatever you imagine, you’re right.”
Jeff Bergman, a former University of Pittsburgh student and more recently a part-time Pittsburgher who also voiced Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck, voices the animated President Trump.