The CBS Late Show host brought his Colbert Report persona back to satirize Donald Trump’s Republican National Convention.
It was Sept. 16, just a few days after the 14th anniversary of the World Trade Center attacks. Over the previous five months, sick and dying 9/11 responders had visited lawmakers’ offices on Capitol Hill hundreds of times, trying to get the Zadroga Act renewed. They arrived in wheelchairs, lugging oxygen tanks or inhalers, and stayed in the sorts of hotels where they once found crime scene chalk still marking the floor. Each day, they covered as many as 13 miles in the corridors of power as they begged legislators not to leave them, their families and their fellow responders without the resources to deal with their illnesses.
Jon Stewart walked away from his role as host of "The Daily Show" only four months ago, but his return to the set Monday night as a guest showed the late night talk veteran's words still carry weight, reports CBS News correspondent Vladimir Duthiers. Bearded and casually dressed, Stewart returned home, not to check up on the new tenants occupying the house, but to advocate for a cause close to his heart.
Jon Stewart joined a group of 9/11 first responders and New York lawmakers on Capitol Hill Wednesday in an effort to convince Congress to permanently extend a federal law offering health care to rescue workers injured or sickened in the September 11th, 2001 attacks.
At one point, Stephen Colbert's third-night audience at the Ed Sullivan Theater in Manhattan broke into a chant: "Joe, Joe, Joe!" "Be careful what you wish for!" Vice President Joe Biden joked, his famous smile flashing to applause. It's little wonder the audience was responding in this way. Biden was giving perhaps the most frank, intimate, and emotional interview a politician has given in recent memory—a major score for Colbert's new show, and a rare chance for Americans to see their second-in-command speak so eloquently about grief, faith, and family.
Jon Stewart ended his 16½–year reign on The Daily Show Thursday night with laughter and dancing—and, yes, a fire-and-brimstone sermon against something he called “The Bullshitocracy,” a roundup of the usual suspects and celebrity guests, a couple of dick jokes (because what would The Daily Show be without a couple of dick jokes?), and even a performance by Stewart’s idol, the New Jersey-born Bruce Springsteen.
Jon Stewart says goodbye on Thursday, after 16 years on Comedy Central's "The Daily Show" that established him as America's foremost satirist of politicians and the media. Stewart, 52, announced last winter that he was getting restless and it was time to move on. Trevor Noah replaces him as host next month. Armed with a razor-sharp wit and research team adept at finding video evidence of hypocrisy or unintentional comedy among the nation's establishment, Stewart turned a sleepy basic-cable entertainment show into a powerful cultural platform. He turned the spotlight on himself during his penultimate show Wednesday, noting how institutions he had supposedly eviscerated were stronger than ever.
If President Obama had gone on The Daily Show any more than he already has to trade quips and banter with Jon Stewart, the two of them might have a buddy movie on their hands. Oh, sure, there have been tense moments in the past, like the time the smart-ass Comedy Central star called Obama’s policies timid and addressed the Leader of the Free World as “dude” while cautioning him not to say his chief economic adviser was “doing a heckuva job” (echoes of Dubya during Katrina). But overall, it has been a spectacle of brotherly love.
Stephen Colbert just announced an $800,000 gift to South Carolina teachers — enough to fund every project in the state on DonorsChoose, the teacher crowdfunding website. Colbert, the Morgridge Family Foundation, and ScanSource, an education technology company, funded nearly 1,000 projects at 375 schools. It wiped out all the open requests from South Carolina teachers. Colbert said he was inspired to do this in part because he attended South Carolina public schools himself.
Jon Stewart grilled former New York Times reporter Judith Miller on Wednesday on her reporting on Iraq's alleged weapons of mass destruction in the lead up to the Iraq war. "My feeling has always been ... I believe that you helped the administration take us to, like, the most devastating mistake in foreign policy that we've made in, like, 100 years," Stewart said Wednesday on "The Daily Show."
Jon Stewart left his place at The Daily Show desk for one simple reason according to The Guardian, he didn't like coming to work anymore. He stated that the constant attention on politics and social media was driving him crazy, and he knew it was time for a change. He hinted at the reasoning when he announced his departure a few months ago: "This show doesn't deserve an even slightly restless host and neither do you." Read more at: http://tr.im/emBzv
There was no one moment when Jon Stewart knew it was time for him to leave what he describes as “the most perfect job in the world”; no epiphany, no flashpoint. “Life,” he says, in the lightly self-mocking tone he uses when talking about himself, “doesn’t really work that way, with a finger pointing at you out of the sky, saying, ‘Leave now!’ That only happens when you’re fired, and trust me, I know about that.” Instead, he describes his decision to quit The Daily Show, the American satirical news programme he has hosted for 16 years, as something closer to the end of a long-term relationship. “It’s not like I thought the show wasn’t working any more, or that I didn’t know how to do it. It was more, ‘Yup, it’s working. But I’m not getting the same satisfaction.
When Jon Stewart leaves “The Daily Show” anchor desk later this year, his replacement will be Trevor Noah, a 31-year-old South African comedian with a short but memorable list of appearances as a contributor to the show. Comedy Central announced its pick to replace Stewart on Monday morning. An exact date has not yet been set for Noah’s takeover of the show.
"The Daily Show" has just made a huge difference in the lives of veterans, helping many gain access to a program they were unfairly kept from using. The Choice Program, which was put in place to speed access to medical care after it was revealed that some patients had been waiting months for treatment, allows veterans who live far from VA facilities to get out-of-network care closer to home. The problem? To be eligible, you have to live 40 miles from the nearest VA facility using "as-the-crow-flies" miles.
President Barack Obama sat down with The Huffington Post's Sam Stein for an interview on Friday, discussing everything from sequestration, the Iran nuclear talks and presidential pardons, to overtime pay, athletic scholarships and sleep.
Just as Stephen Colbert did before him, Larry Wilmore now has to figure out how to follow The Daily Show in a fresh and, most importantly, funny way. Unlike Colbert, however, Wilson has more or less also been tasked with filling the void for those whose TV-watching lives haven't been the same since The Colbert Report ended last month. The Nightly Show premiered last night on Comedy Central to overhwelmingly positive reviews, though it's always difficult to tell how a personality-driven, political-comedy show—especially one following in such hallowed footsteps—will be able to grow and come into its own (and both retain and build an audience) moving forward. (Remember those who didn't think the soft t on the Report was going to last?)
Goodbye, Stephen Colbert. We hardly knew you. In fact, that was the idea, wasn't it? Obama goes head-to-head with Colbert Colbert: First Lady has 'courage' Political Funny: Clinton on Colbert On Thursday night, Colbert -- the pugnacious, "nation"-inspiring champion -- will host his last "Colbert Report" on Comedy Central. About six months from now, he will take a new role as host of CBS' "Late Show."
On Thursday night, the last episode of "The Colbert Report" will air, and the faux-conservative character "Stephen Colbert" will end with the show. The next time Colbert will appear on late night television next year, as David Letterman's replacement, he will be a new, unfamiliar Colbert -- likely still hilarious, but probably in a very different way.
They both started their late-night shows in the same year, reinventing their respective corners of television by bending and sometimes breaking the rules. But as Stephen Colbert and Craig Ferguson both say goodbye to long-running programs this week, only one has turned his showbiz rebellion into a launchpad for an even bigger TV platform. From the cover of Entertainment Weekly to shoutouts from James Franco and Michael J. Fox, everyone seems to be talking about tonight's finale of The Colbert Report.
The American political scene has lost one of its towering characters with the untimely demise of Stephen Colbert. He was 50. Feared by many, hated by some, watched by all, Colbert leaves an uncertain legacy for the media he revolutionized and the culture he altered. Without him on TV four nights a week, there is a truth-shaped hole in our national political discourse. "Anyone can read the news to you," he announced when The Colbert Report debuted in 2005. "I promise to feel the news at you."