Exclusive - Jordan Klepper's Happy Endings - Solving Illinois's Budget Gridlock - Uncensored

June 28, 2016 - Calvin Trillin 06/28/2016 Views: 3,659

Jordan Klepper tries to resolve Illinois's budget impasse through a series of team-building exercises with Democratic and Republican members of the state legislature. (1:29)

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- Illinois is spiralingout of control,

thanks to an ongoing fight between

the state's Republican governor, Bruce Rauner

and the Democrats who run the legislature.

But I refuse to believethat this is hopeless,

so I sat down with representatives from both parties.

They had to see eye to eye on something.

On the count of three,name your favorite beer.

One, two, three.

- [Daniel] Sam Adams. - [Ron] Emmett's Pale Ale.

- Okay, unicorns or narwhals?

- [Ron] Narwhals. - [Daniel] Unicorns.

- Unbelievable.

- Narwhals are cool.

- No, unicorns, come on.

- Favorite Adam Sandler movie?

- Um, Billy Madison.

- I'm gonna go with Billy Madison.

- If the only thing you guys can agree on

is Billy Madison, then Illinois is fucked.

(speaking gibberish)

Look, clearly we're not getting anywhere.

What we need are someteam-building exercises

to get you guys on the same page,

so we can eventually pass a budget.

Are you guys game?

- For sure.

- [Jordan] Zip.- [Ron] Zap.

- [Jordan] Zop.- [Daniel] Zip.

- [Jordan] Zap.- [Daniel] Zop.

- [Jordan] Zip.- [Ron] Zap.

- Trust falls.

- Trust falls.

- Good, did that feel good?

(blocks crashing)

- Jenga!

- Maybe there is hope after all,

but when it comes to the state's budget,

I wasn't going to take any chances.

(door rattling)

Fix it, and you can come out.

(rock music)