Samantha Bee, Trevor Noah and other late night hosts tackle Orlando club shooting

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The Orlando Shooting: A Closer Look

Most late night hosts have now returned to the air for the first time since the shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, that left 50 people, including the shooter, dead. The hosts faced the task of addressing the massacre and then somehow segueing into what's typically a comedy show.

However, even under the guise of comedy, the sentiments from the hosts were a mixture of rage, sadness and disbelief at the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. Here's how some late night hosts covered the aftermath of the Orlando shooting.

Full Frontal — Samantha Bee

Bee expressed frustration at not only at the massacre itself, but the aimless platitudes that followed suit from politicians. Specifically, she called out Florida Gov. Rick Scott for suggesting that the best response to a mass shooting, like Orlando, is to pray.

"Until we as a nation find the political will to reject a mass shooter per day as the price of freedom, I'm just going to pray," Bee said, sarcastically before beginning a faux prayer. "Are you there, God? It's me, Sam. Please, bless the victims and their friends and families in their time of unspeakable pain. Give us the courage to say 'no more.' And while you're at it, please send the NRA a plague of boils. Amen."

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The Daily Show — Trevor Noah

As Noah noted, President Barack Obama has had more mass shooting addresses than he's had State Dinners. In response, he had a fitting analogy for America's willingness to stay the course on gun laws, despite the plethora of mass shootings that have occurred.

"When I was young I didn't tie my shoelaces," Noah said.

I would run around, I would trip on my shoelaces, I would fall down and cry. "Mommy! Mommy! I fell!" And my mother would ask, "Why did you fall?" "Because I tripped." "Why did you trip?" And she goes, "Your shoelaces." ... And we'd realize I fell because of my shoelaces. I'd tie them then move on... I could've said, "Mom why are you bringing shoelaces into this conversation? Why are you blaming the shoelaces for something the sidewalk did to my knees? Who even says there's a connection between anti-shoelaces and falling anyway? You're violating my right to keep my shoelaces untied!" I didn't say that ... I realized after falling, after falling a lot, that there was a connection between my shoelaces being untied and getting hurt.

You can watch Noah's monologue on Orlando here.

Conan — Conan O'Brien

Though Conan rarely shares his personal opinions on his late night show, the comedian took exception on Monday night to address the Orlando shooting. Broadly, his message was simple, but resonant: People in America shouldn't be allowed to purchase guns with an enormous capacity to kill, like the semi-automatic rifle used by shooter Omar Mateen.

"These are weapons of war and they have no place in civilian life," he said.

I have tried to understand this issue from every side and it all comes down to this: Nobody I know or have ever met in my entire life should have access to a weapon that can kill so many people so quickly. These mass shootings are happening so often now that lamenting them afterwards is becoming a national ritual. I do not know the answer but I wanted to take just a moment here tonight to agree with the rapidly growing sentiment in America that it's time to grow up and figure this out.
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The Late Show — Stephen Colbert

Despite being the host of The Late Show for less than a year, Colbert has already addressed a similar situation in the Paris terrorist attacks. On Orlando, he lamented how the process of grieving over these tragedies have become almost routine and scripted — for the likes of politicians, the president and even as a late night host — because they're so commonplace.

"It's as if there's a national script that we've learned, and I think by accepting the script, we tacitly accept that the script will end the same way every time, with nothing changing," he said. "Except for the loved ones and the families of the victims, for whom nothing will ever be the same."

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ORLANDO, USA - JUNE 13: Pictures of one of the massacre victims left at a make shift memorial at Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in Orlando, USA on June 13, 2016. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
ORLANDO, USA - JUNE 13: Pictures of one of the massacre victims left at a make shift memorial at Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in Orlando, USA on June 13, 2016. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
People wave rainbow flags and hold portraits on the Place de la Comedie in Montpellier on June 13, 2016 as they pay homage to the victims of a shooting at a gay nighclub in Orlando. / AFP / SYLVAIN THOMAS (Photo credit should read SYLVAIN THOMAS/AFP/Getty Images)
Since he was a boy, Anthony Luis Laureano Disla loved to dance. Early Sunday morning, he was dancing and laughing with his friends at Pulse nightclub in Orlando when a gunman stormed and shot him. Laureano Disla was 25. His obituary is linked in our bio. #PulseShooting #OrlandoUnited #PrayForOrlando #OrlandoStrong
Luis Daniel Wilson-Leon moved from Puerto Rico to Vero Beach, longtime friend Daniel Gmys-Casiano said, and was immediately promoted to manager at a shoe store. He was a protector, confidant and hero, Gmys-Casiano said. Wilson-Leon died in the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando. He was 37. His obituary is linked in our bio. #PulseShooting #OrlandoUnited #PrayForOrlando #OrlandoStrong
Enrique L. Rios left his home in New York to spend the weekend celebrating a friend's birthday in Orlando. He was killed in the mass shooting at Pulse nightclub Sunday. He was 25. His obituary is linked in our bio. #PulseShooting #OrlandoUnited #PrayForOrlando #OrlandoStrong
To Jean Carlos Mendez Perez, good living was all about looking, smelling and feeling his best, loved ones said. He and his longtime partner, Luis Daniel Wilson-Leon, were together at Pulse nightclub early Sunday, and both were among the victims who died in the shooting. Perez was 35. His obituary is linked in our bio. #PulseShooting #OrlandoUnited #PrayForOrlando #OrlandoStrong
#PulseShooting victim Mercedez Marisol Flores lived "her life way she wanted to"
#PulseShooting victim Javier Jorge-Reyes had "a caring heart"
#PulseShooting victim Darryl Roman Burt II: The kind of person always willing to help
#PulseShooting victim Jerald Arthur Wright: part of a tight-knit Disney family
#PulseShooting victim Juan Chavez Martinez remembered as kind boss
#PulseShooting victim Edward Sotomayor Jr.: Travel site brand manager mourned
#PulseShooting victim Stanley Almodovar III: "Amazing person with a good soul"
#PulseShooting victim Kimberly 'KJ' Morris: Bouncer at nightclub always wore a smile
#PulseShooting Juan Ramon Guerrero: Clubgoer went to Pulse with boyfriend
#PulseShooting victim Peter O. Gonzalez-Cruz called "wonderful cousin"
#PulseShooting victim Luis Vielma: Theme-park worker was "true friend"
#PulseShooting victim Eric Ivan Ortiz Rivera: Always willing to help
#PulseShooting victim Eddie Justice texted his mother he loved her during shooting
#PulseShooting victim Shane Evan Tomlinson had band performance just hours before he died
#PulseShooting victim Miguel Angel Honorato was Apopka father of 3
#PulseShooting victim Jason Josaphat was a soft-spoken teen excited for the journey ahead
#PulseShooting victim Amanda Alvear wouldn't want hate spread in her name
#PulseShooting victim Brenda Lee Marquez McCool was a mother of of 12
#PulseShooting victim Christopher Sanfeliz was a bank worker from Tampa
#PulseShooting victim Simon Carrillo was a good boss who loved to travel
Shooting victim Jean Carlos Nieves Rodriguez: 'Whatever you needed, you could count on him'
#PulseShooting victim Christopher Leinonen was a gay rights activist
#PulseShooting victim Jonathan Camuy: Great employee of @LaVozKids on @telemundo
Soft-spoken teen #PulseShooting victim Jason Josaphat was excited for the journey ahead
#PulseShooting victim Gilberto Silva was "light, life" of family
#PulseShooting victim Oscar Aracena returned from vacation a day before he died
#PulseShooting victim Tevin Eugene Crosby was a hardworking business owner
Leroy Valentin Fernandez was a natural performer. His zeal for life spilled offstage and f…
The last image friends have of Omar Capo shows the 20-year-old doing what he loves: Dancin…
Shane Evan Tomlinson sang with his band Frequency Saturday night at Blue Martini nightclub…
Oscar A Aracena-Montero, 26 "He was the type of guy who goes along with anybody."
Rodolfo Ayala-Ayala, 33, worked at a blood donation center and "loved to dance salsa"
#PulseShooting victim Angel Luis Candelario-Padro was in Orlando to start a new life
YOU MATTERED❤@TheTalkSoup: Cory James Connell, 21, #PulseNightclub #Orlando #victims
Deonka Deidra Drayton, 32, worked at Pulse, her aunt called her murder "senseless"
We won't let you go unheard, Paul Terrell Henry, 41 years old #PulseShooting
Franky Jimmy Dejesus Velazquez, 50 years old. Rest in Peace. 🌈❤️
Christopher Andrew Leinonen, 32, was with his boyfriend, Juan Guerrero, 22, at the club
Akyra Murray -- 18 -- Just graduated. Star basketball player (1,000 points in her career). #6of49 #WeSpeakYourName
Joel Rayon Paniagua, 32, "was always trying to do stuff to make you feel better"
#RIP Martin Benitez Torres, 33, from Puerto Rico was in Orlando with family. #WeAreOrlando
R.I.P. Alejandro Barrios Martinez, 21 years old #PulseShooting
Xavier Emmanuel Serrano Rosado, 35, had a son and worked at Disney Live!
Juan P. Rivera Velazquez, 37, was the owner of D’Magazine Salon and Spa:
#RIP Juan P. Rivera Velazquez, 37 and Luis Conde, 39, were together 13 years. #WeAreOrlando
#Remembertheirnames Yilmary Rodriguez Solivan #OrlandoStrong
Be thou at peace: @USArmyReserve CPT Antonio Davon Brown, Iraq/Afg vet, killed in #Orlando
Rest In Peace handsome, Geraldo A. Ortiz-Jimenez, 25 years old #PulseShooting

The Nightly Show — Larry Wilmore

The host swiftly criticized Donald Trump in the aftermath of the shooting — highlighting the GOP frontrunner's tweet from Sunday in which he gave himself credit for "being right on radical Islamic terrorism."

"Yes Donald, you were really ahead of the curve on the whole, 'Terrorism is bad' thing," he said. "I mean honestly, who brags about this? It's like your doctor saying, 'Yo dude I totally called it, you do have cancer man.'"

You can check out Wilmore's full monologue on the Orlando shooting here.

Late Night — Seth Meyers

Meyers steered the conversation of the Orlando shooting to an issue of gun control, noting that — regardless of the shooter's opinions on LGBT people, or his ISIS ties — the amount of killing was possible because he had access to a semi-automatic rifle.

"This was an attack on LGBT people fueled by bigotry and hatred," Meyers said. "And the shooter was apparently inspired by ISIS. But we're gonna talk about guns, because whether the shooter was a homophobe, mentally ill, a terrorist inspired by ISIS or all three, what allowed him to kill so many people on Sunday was his gun. And that means we're likely about to enter yet another contentious national debate about gun control."

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