Exclusive Interview with Sophia A. McClennen and Remy Maisel authors of “Is Satire Saving Our Nation: Mockery and American Politics?”

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Is Satire Saving Our Nation First, I’d like to thank Sophia McClennen and Remy Maisel for taking the time to answer questions for us at The Hub. Their new book, ‘Is Satire Saving Our Nation: Mockery and American Politics?‘, argues that political satire is more than just fun: it’s a way of becoming an engaged and informed citizen — especially for Millennials. Obviously, both The Colbert Report and The Daily Show play a large role in McClennen/Maisel’s argument!

As a person who has always believed in the power of comedy to reach people, this is an argument I can fully endorse.

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Mar 31

Comedy Central Names Trevor Noah as the Next Host of ‘The Daily Show’

Trevor Noah Daily Show host

Trevor Noah has been selected to become the next host of the Emmy® and Peabody® Award-winning “The Daily Show,” it was announced today by Michele Ganeless, president, Comedy Central. His show’s premiere will be announced at a later date.

Noah joined “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” in 2014 as a contributor. He made his U.S. television debut in 2012 on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and has also appeared on “Late Show with David Letterman,” becoming the first South African stand-up comedian to appear on either late night show. Born in South Africa to a black South African mother and a white European father, he has successfully become the top comedian in Africa. Noah has hosted numerous television shows including his own late night talk show in his native country, “Tonight with Trevor Noah.”

“Trevor Noah is an enormous talent. He has an insightful and unique point of view, and most importantly, is wickedly funny,” said Ganeless. “For the next host of ‘The Daily Show,’ we set out to find a fresh voice who can speak to our audience with a keen take on the events of the day, and we found that in Trevor. He has a huge international following and is poised to explode here in America, and we are thrilled to have him join Comedy Central.”

“It’s an honor to follow Jon Stewart. He and the team at ‘The Daily Show’ have created an incredible show whose impact is felt all over the world,” said Noah. “In my brief time with the show they’ve made me feel so welcome. I’m excited to get started and work with such a fantastic group of people.”

Said Jon Stewart: “I’m thrilled for the show and for Trevor. He’s a tremendous comic and talent that we’ve loved working with…In fact, I may rejoin as a correspondent just to be a part of it!!!”

Source: Comedy Central Press

Mar 28

Mavis Staples and Stephen Colbert in Conversation

Montclair Film Festival

Event Description: Directed by Jessica Edwards, MAVIS! is the first feature-length documentary on gospel/soul music legend and civil rights icon Mavis Staples and her family group, the Staple Singers. From the delta-inflected gospel sound she helped pioneer in the 1950s, to the “message songs” of the civil rights era marching beside Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., to massive hits such as “I’ll Take You There” in the soul-filled Stax era, and her recent Grammy-winning work with Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy, Mavis Staples is one of the most influential and enduring vocalists of our time and a true American icon. MAVIS! follows her unrivaled career through dynamic live performances, archival footage, captivating storytelling and interviews with friends and collaborators. She occupies a singular place in American music: a soldier of love and peace whose fight continues; her message of equality is needed now more than ever.

Mavis Staples will join Stephen Colbert in a post-screening discussion of the film.

Venue: The Wellmont Theater
Date: Friday May 8, 8:00 PM
Tickets: [Link]

Mar 27

In The Press – February 2015 Edition

Stephen Colbert news When news stories fall through the cracks, we here at Colbert News Hub find them for a post we call, In The Press.


Hello hubsters! My name is Louise, and I am your new “In The Press” correspondent. After lurking for a couple of years, I was given the opportunity to help the Nation keep up with the most important news of all: everything Colbert-related!

In February, Stephen reappeared for the first time since The Colbert Report ended, accompanied by a beard that didn’t go unnoticed, to say the least. But the big story last month came from former colleague Jon Stewart who announced he would be leaving The Daily Show later this year. We were all taken by surprise, if not by the decision itself (Jon had been hinting at the possibility for a while), then certainly by its timing, as most of us were expecting him to go through another Indecision cycle. Sadly, this wasn’t the only upsetting news out of the world of TV and journalism. Within the span of just three days, NBC’s Nightly News anchor Brian Williams got a six-month suspension, CBS correspondent Bob Simon died in a car accident, and New York Times writer David Carr died of lung cancer complications.

Almost two months after the news broke, we still don’t know when Jon Stewart will be leaving exactly, or who is going to replace him. People who looked like obvious candidates (Jessica Williams, Samantha Bee, Jason Jones) have already taken themselves out of the running.

Who would you guys want to see become the next host of The Daily Show, and how do you see the show changing in a post-Jon Stewart era? Also, what do you expect and/or want to see in Jon’s last episode?

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Mar 24

Discussion: ‘The Late Late Show with James Corden’ Premiere

The Late Late Show with James Corden

Tonight, the first part of CBS’ new look late night line up kicks off with the premiere of ‘The Late Late Show with James Corden‘ at 12:35am ET / 11:35pm CT with guests Tom Hanks and Mila Kunis.

We still have a ways to go before the ‘Late Show with Stephen Colbert‘ premieres on Tuesday, September 8th, but in the mean time, why not share your thoughts on James Cordens first week of shows.

Will you be tuning in regularly, or catching up online? Is Reggie Watts the late night band leader of your dreams? Should James have stayed in the UK, or will America fall in love with him? But most importantly, how do you think he and Stephen will complement one another?

Mar 17

Stephen Colbert and George Lucas in Conversation at the Tribeca Film Festival

Stephen Colbert once battled Jon Stewart over who could lay claim to the title of biggest “Star Wars” fan on the planet. Mr. Stewart may have won that round, but Mr. Colbert’s expertise will be put to the test again when he sits down for a public conversation with George Lucas on April 17, one of several events, including talks with Courtney Love and Harvey Weinstein, announced Monday by organizers of the Tribeca Film Festival.

The festival runs April 15-26. For complete lineup and ticket information, see tribecafilm.com.

Full Article: The New York Times.

Mar 14

‘Late Show with Stephen Colbert’ To Be Less Expensive Than Predecessor

Speaking at the Deutsche Bank 2015 Media, Internet and Telecom Conference in Florida, Les Moonves was asked about the upcoming debut of ‘The Late Late Show with James Corden’ later this month, and the ‘Late Show with Stephen Colbert’ in September.

Moonves said it was an “extremely” exciting time for CBS as no network has ever replaced two late-night hosts in the same year.

Colbert’s show will be less expensive than David Letterman’s, plus CBS owns it, meaning it can also make revenue off ancillary businesses, Moonves said. He said there was “real potential” for profit upside in the next few years. He didn’t mention specific financials.

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