May 22

David Letterman Wishes Stephen Colbert Good Luck

Wednesday, May 20th, 2015 marked the end of an era, as David Letterman signed off from the ‘Late Show’ for the final time. Dave ended his career in late night, just as he had started it – with the same brand of sarcasm, mischief, self-mockery and irreverence that has made him a comedy legend and icon over the past 33 years.

In an episode featuring celebrity friends and classic moments from the past 30 years, Dave took a brief moment to acknowledge his successor Stephen Colbert, and wish he and his staff good luck and success for the future.

From all of us here at the Hub, thank you Dave, and good luck Stephen!! We will be watching.

May 21

Top Ten First-time-with-Stephen-Colbert Guests on the New ‘Late Show’

In honor of David Letterman leaving, but still keeping it all about Stephen, I have come up with a top ten list. This is the top ten guests that never appeared on The Colbert Report, that should now appear on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert in September. People that for whatever reason never appeared on the Report, but that I personally would love, love, love to see together with Stephen now that he is in the big leagues.

This is my list, but who would you Hubsters put on your lists? Discuss in the comments. I may just have to change my list if you guys come up with some good names.

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May 19

Stephen Colbert Delivers the 2015 Wake Forest University Commencement Address

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Stephen Colbert, addressing the graduating class of Wake Forest University on this beautiful spring day, delighted the crowd with zingers about rival universities Duke and UNC, Wake Forest’s own curious campus traditions, and a few topical jokes for good measure.

In the core message of his speech, interestingly, he likened his own personal transition to The Late Show to the transition to careers the graduates are undertaking. It was a surprising and touching approach:

Stephen Colbert Tells Wake Forest Graduates: “It’s Time to Say Goodbye to the Person We’ve Become

“I just spent many years learning how to do one thing really well. I got so comfortable with that place, that role, those responsibilities that it came to define how I saw myself. But now that part of my life is over. It’s time to say goodbye to the person we’ve become, we’ve worked so hard to perfect, and to make some crucial decisions in becoming who we’re going to be. For me, I’ll have to figure out how to do an hour-long show every night. You at some point will have to sleep. I’m told the Adderall wears off eventually. Good luck.”

Full Article: The Hollywood Reporter.

[Post updated with complete speech]

May 14

Stephen Colbert Dazzles Advertisers During CBS Upfronts Presentation

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CBS unveils “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert’s” logo. | Image via @FrankPallotta

Stephen spent his birthday courting advertisers and heralding his new show. Not surprisingly, he made a great first impression.

Stephen Colbert Jokes About Finding Himself, Rips Rupert Murdoch at CBS Upfront

CBS brought out its biggest gun at the network’s upfront presentation at New York’s famed Carnegie Hall on Wednesday: Stephen Colbert, who’s poised to take over “The Late Show” after David Letterman retires.

The former “Colbert Report” host cracked up advertisers as he joked about ditching his conservative persona and going on a voyage of self-discovery.

In a video spoofing his transition, Colbert declared that he’s going to find himself, saying, “I leave but a boy, I return a myself.”

Unfortunately, Colbert’s trip was postponed when he discovered that there’s a “CSI: Cyber” now on the air.

In the video, a time-lapse viewing binge ensued, which eventually saw both Colbert and his Labrador retriever watching with him sporting Hassidic-length beards.

After transitioning from the video to the stage of Carnigie Hall in New York City, where the upfront presentation took place, Colbert continued to riff on his transition.

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May 14

‘Late Show with Stephen Colbert’ To Be Advertiser Friendly

Stephen Colbert won’t officially take over for David Letterman in the late-night time slot until Sept. 8, but CBS has already been putting him to work with advertisers.

The former host of Comedy Central’s “The Colbert Report” took part in several meetings CBS had with major advertisers earlier this spring to talk about how to work together on “The Late Show,” CBS Corp. executives said Wednesday at a press briefing outlining their prime-time schedule for the 2015-16 season.

“He was very forthcoming in approaching advertisers,” said Nina Tassler, chairman of CBS Entertainment. JoAnn Ross, who oversees advertising sales for CBS, hinted that Mr. Colbert is open to commercial tie-ins with the show but did not offer specifics beyond saying, he is going to be “advertiser funny.” Mr. Colbert was even set to make an appearance at CBS’s presentation to advertisers at New York’s Carnegie Hall on Wednesday to start waving the flag for his new show.

Mr. Colbert’s willingness to meet with advertisers is a stark contrast to the man he will succeed. Mr. Letterman, whose last show will be May 20, is known for his orneriness and typically steered clear of the schmoozing and glad-handing of advertisers, television affiliates and even network executives that often goes hand-in-hand with being a TV star.

Source: The Wall Street Journal.

May 14

It’s Stephen Colbert’s Birthday – Let’s Celebrate with DonorsChoose!

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It’s that time of year again! Every May the flowers bloom, the temperatures warm, and on May 13th the Colbert fandom celebrates Stephen Colbert’s birthday. As was done in the past, we have once again decided to give the TV Host with the Most one thing he might actually want: projects funded through one of his signature charities, Donorschoose. Stephen’s recent $800,000 donation generated a lot of media attention and also led to an upsurge in donations to the charity.

So we thought it behoovy to reactivate our Colbert News Hub Giving Page. We are highlighting three New Jersey area projects in need of funding. Won’t you consider donating to one of these three as a way to wish Stephen a happy birthday, and help out children in his home-away-from-home state? Here are our picks:

Colbert News Hub will get the ball rolling by making a $50 donation.

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