ABOVE: Watch Will Ferrell, as Ron Burgundy, sing Rob Ford’s new campaign theme song on Conan.
TORONTO — Mayor Rob Ford was once again a punchline on the late night TV shows on Wednesday.
Here’s a look at how the other shows got more laughs out of the Ford fiasco:
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno
Leno’s monologue started with a reference to the legal woes of U.S. congressman Trey Radel.
“In open court he admitted he is an alcoholic and pled guilty to possession of cocaine,” he said. “The judge sentenced him to four years as mayor of Toronto.”
Leno then segued into a series of jokes at Ford’s expense.
“Toronto city council has voted to drastically reduce Mayor Rob Ford’s powers. They say this reduces him to a mere figurehead,” he said, “which still sounds better than crackhead.”
Leno added: “They’re calling this guy the most embarrassing Ford since the Pinto. And he’s also going to explode.”
There was more.
“In an interview earlier this week, Mayor Ford said he is finished with alcohol and will never drink again,” said Leno. “That’s what he said. Friends are telling him to join the Canadian version of Alcoholics Anonymous, which is AA, eh.”
And, finally, a jab at the mayor’s girth.
“Rob Ford said today he will continue to fight for the little guy,” Leno said. “Have you seen the size of Rob Ford? I don’t think he’s seen his little guy in a long, long time.”
The monologue ended with a digitally-altered video clip of Ford dancing with councillor Pam McConnell to the song “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life” from the Dirty Dancing soundtrack.
Late Show with David Letterman
Letterman continued to focus on the mayor’s crack admission.
“Rob Ford doesn’t look to me like a guy who’s using crack,” he said. “Looks like the only substance he is abusing is bacon.”
In introducing the night’s Top Ten List — the Top Ten Ways Abraham Lincoln Would Have Been Different had he Been on Crack — Letterman said: “Crack has never been more popular. The mayor of Toronto, Rob Ford, he comes out and says ‘Hey everybody, let’s smoke crack!’ And they said ‘OK, you go girl!’ and the entire country, as far as I know, of Canada is on crack.”
One of Conan O’Brien’s guest was newsman Ron Burgundy, whose alter ego Will Ferrell met Ford in Toronto in 2012 at the Hockey Hall of Fame.
Burgundy said Ford is controversial “because he’s so damn honest.”
He told Conan: “My dear, dear, dear friend, Mayor Rob Ford of Toronto, is running for re-election. I hold him in the highest regard. He is the the best. Outstanding individual. And his little brother Donny, or Dougie, or whatever. But he’s asked me to sing the campaign theme song for his re-election.”
Burgundy then performed a customized version of Canadian band Loverboy’s hit “Working for the Weekend.”
Early Thursday, Ford tweeted: “I had to laugh at my friend Ron Burgundy & his take on my 2014 re-election campaign song.”
The Arsenio Hall Show
Hall’s monologue included a couple of Ford cracks.
“He claims he quit drinking after having a ‘come-to-Jesus moment.’ Turns out Jesus is just the name of a Mexican drug dealer he knew,” joked Hall.
“Have you seen this guy, though? You all know who I’m talking about, right? It looks like he had a come-to-Buddha moment.”
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon
Fallon’s monologue included “some more bad news” for Ford.
“After he admitted to smoking crack while in office, they gave him his own TV show. And I guess his TV show was cancelled this week after just one episode because it takes too much time to produce,” Fallon said. “When he heard that, Ford said ‘I know something that can make it go a lot faster.’”
Fallon also showed a graphic comparing Ford to fellow Canadian Justin Bieber.
“Justin Bieber says music is his destiny. Rob Ford thinks he once dated a stripper named Destiny,” read one.
And another read: “‘Never Say Never’ is one of Justin’s biggest hits. ‘Never say never’ is what Ford says when asked if he will ever smoke crack again.”