The CBS Late Show host brought his Colbert Report persona back to satirize Donald Trump’s Republican National Convention.
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.
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.
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."
Last week, after I watched Stephen Colbert’s interview with Nobel Prize-winning author Toni Morrison — after I fell in love with Morrison all over again, and exclaimed that I must re-read “Beloved” — I also muttered, “Thank goodness for Stephen Colbert.” On Thanksgiving — this overblown American holiday, where we celebrate America’s foundational myth and kick off a holiday season of materialism and gluttony with football and apple pie — I’d like to give thanks for someone very special. I’m thankful for Stephen Colbert. Here’s why:
It’s widely known that the Republican Party has a demographic problem. The GOP is decidedly unappealing to millennials, women and people of color. Despite creative efforts to redistrict and despite pushing rules that limit the population’s ability to cast a vote, it remains true that these voters will likely pose a real challenge to GOP hopes in the midterm elections. Rather than rethink their stance on political issues that turns off these voters, the GOP decided to address the problem by creating a series of ads meant to help show these groups that they should be Republicans too. The point they have tried to make is, if you really knew what it means to be Republican, you would be one too.
Comedy Central's top late-night hosts took corporate "inversions" to task on Wednesday night, devoting entire segments of their shows to slam the controversial practice of firms relocating their headquarters overseas for lower tax rates.
There will be no Los Angeles move for Stephen Colbert. In a bit of news that comes as no surprise, CBS has made official its plans to keep Late Show in New York's Ed Sullivan Theatre when David Letterman hands the show over to his successor.
On Thursday, CBS announced that Stephen Colbert will replace the retiring David Letterman as host of Late Show. (Mashable reported last week that Colbert was the network's top choice to take over for Letterman.) When Colbert leaves for CBS, he'll be leaving behind The Colbert Report at Comedy Central, where he has played the part of fake conservative cable-TV commentator since 2005.
CBS didn't waste too much time finding a new host for the "Late Show." Exactly a week after David Letterman announced his plans to retire, his replacement has been named. Stephen Colbert, the host, writer and executive producer of "The Colbert Report," will succeed Letterman.
CBS announced Thursday that Comedy Central comedian Stephen Colbert will replace David Letterman as the host of "Late Show." “Simply being a guest on David Letterman’s show has been a highlight of my career,” Colbert said in a press release. “I never dreamed that I would follow in his footsteps, though everyone in late night follows Dave’s lead.”
Lying about someone running for office is condemnable, but should it be illegal? That’s a question the Supreme Court may answer this year in a case, Susan B. Anthony List v. Driehaus, over whether Ohio has the right to ban making knowingly false charges against a political candidate. About a third of the states have these laws, according to our own Robert Barnes.
What does Stephen Colbert really think about Fox News? That question came up Wednesday afternoon on The Five after Eric Bolling showed a clip of The O'Reilly Factor's Jesse Watters running into the Colbert Report host at a Super Bowl party last weekend. According to Kimberly Guilfoyle, Colbert only goes after Fox in a loving way.
Voters in South Carolina’s first congressional district head to the polls on Tuesday to decide whether to offer former Gov. Mark Sanford a chance at political redemption, or instead send the sister of comedian Stephen Colbert to Congress.
After years of speculation and anticipation from fans, there will be a Colbert on the South Carolina ballot this spring. But it isn't the television talk show host who is running for a seat in Congress. It's his sister.
In late March, Stephen Colbert expanded his super PAC experiment, admonishing his late-night viewers to start organizations of their own on college campuses across America.