Jul 12

The Power of the Colbert Bump

Stephen Colbert on Amazon and Hachette Controversy Edan Lipnick

BUMP — STEPHEN WON AMAZON!

We faithful members of the Colbert Nation know that a few weeks ago, Stephen Colbert declared all-out war on Amazon after the powerful mega-store demanded better financial terms from the publisher Hachette. When the publisher refused, Amazon threw a tantrum and retaliated by removing all the “buy” and “presale” buttons from Hachette’s books. Unfortunately for them, Hachette (or, rather, Grand Central, which is part of Hachette) is Stephen’s publisher. Jon Stewart’s, too, by the way. That meant Stephen’s books couldn’t be purchased. And that made Stephen raging MAD.

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Nov 08

Event ReporT: Long Day’s Journey into Late Night at the New York Television Festival

The Colbert Report at New York Television Festival Hello, Hubsters!
How is everyone? This is Karenatasha, your roving New York City reporter, come to give you the lowdown on a fun late night writing panel held at the New York Television Festival on October 26th. Hosted by former SNL cast member Rachel Dratch, the lively discussion focused on politics, the writers’ backgrounds, and the workings of their respective shows.

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Feb 04

Better Know a Guest: February 4 – 7, 2013

The Colbert Report Guest Line Up Welcome to Better Know a Guest, your guide to the wonderful and diverse array of personalities appearing on ‘The Colbert Report’ and ‘The Daily Show’ each week.


Hello Hubsters,

“Now’s the time to say goodbye . . . Good night. Good night.”

Yes, today is my final BKAG, at least for the time being. I’ll still stick around to comment and support, and also continue to do some “special reporting” when something Stephen-related happens in New York City. I’m sad, but I know that right now it is the best thing for me.

Mr. Colbert has been smokin’ for the past few weeks, really making the most of the madness out there in Congress, in the media, and in our society. We’ve been blessed with several WORDS, which I’ve enjoyed immensely, as well as some fantastic guests. I expect the fabulousness to continue as we move into February.

And so, without more ado: to the days ahead! One note: though I wanted to make this a good final post, I will not be doing Jon’s guests. I was nearly done, went to leave the page after having saved the drafts SEVERAL TIMES, and lost everything on Stephen’s Thursday show as well as all I’d done on The Daily Show. I simply don’t have the heart or the time to recreate it all. I’m so sorry. Talk about going out with a whimper….

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Jan 28

Better Know a Guest: January 28 — 31, 2013

The Colbert Report Guest Line Up Welcome to Better Know a Guest, your weekly guide to the wonderful and diverse array of personalities appearing on The Colbert Report and The Daily Show each week.


Hello, Hubsters!

I hope everyone had a lovely weekend. As for me, I’m winding down here: this is my next-to-last post. And I’m thrilled that Stephen has a really wide variety of guests this week for me to cover: one activist with his own unique take on environmental destruction; one multi-billionaire who’s doing good in the world; a much-praised short story writer; and a musician and music critic who examined one of the most popular symphonies in the classical canon. It’s a pretty rich list.

I thought last week had some superb pieces, both the WORD and also Stephen’s scathing commentary on the gerrymandering by the Virginia State Legislature. It’s truly appalling that this still happens in this day and age. Also kudos to one of Larry Wilmore’s all-too-rare appearances on The Daily Show; he was stunningly brilliant and reminded me why I love his work so much. I’ve been so thrilled with both Jon and Stephen in their 2013 shows; they’re fired up and ready to go, and I feel such energy from them both. It’s wonderful, and very necessary in this world we live in.

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Jan 21

Better Know a Guest: January 21-24, 2013

The Colbert Report Guest Line Up Welcome to Better Know a Guest, your weekly guide to the wonderful and diverse array of personalities appearing on ‘The Colbert Report’ and ‘The Daily Show’ each week.


Hello, Hubsters!

Happy Martin Luther King Day! Let’s celebrate a dream of peace and equality, when people will be judged not by the color of their skin but the content of their character.

Here’s hoping we have a show Monday and that it’s not cancelled because of a sick Stephen. (Obviously my concern is the host, not the show.)  If he’s well enough to tape, what might he cover? Of course, there’s his sister’s announced run for the House. He must give her the Colbert bump! As a Democrat in a Republican county, she’s going to need all the help she can get. Best of luck to Elizabeth Colbert-Busch, and here’s hoping she wins. South Carolina could only be the better for having a Colbert in the House.

And following The Colbert Report’s presentation of “Breaking Downton,” should come: “Breaking Vatican.” You see, a Monsignor from Connecticut has been caught selling meth and laundering money. And that’s not all. Cross-dressing! A sex shop! Read all about it! It’s definitely Colbert territory. I mean,  the Monsignor even likes show tunes.

Of course, we can’t forget the Inauguration, the deadly results on “gun appreciation day,” and well . . . lots more. It should be a good week—if our fearless and determined host can make it through.

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Jan 14

Better Know a Guest: January 14 -17, 2013

The Colbert Report Guest Line Up Welcome to Better Know a Guest, your weekly guide to the wonderful and diverse array of personalities appearing on ‘The Colbert Report’ and ‘The Daily Show’ each week.


Hello, Hubsters!

Can we talk? (Yes, I’m stealing that line.) I’m personally getting a little annoyed at media folk who keep saying that Jimmy Kimmel’s new 11:35 show now “makes it a three-man race.” Uh . . . NO. It makes it a FOUR-man race! Why do they keep ignoring Stephen as a competitor? He and Jon get the most advertiser-desired audience of the group. It may not be largest viewership, but it is considered the most sought-after. It’s infuriating. Here’s an announcement: the big networks aren’t all that matter anymore. In fact, they may matter LESS now than others. Get with the times, understand what’s happening with media, and judge properly.

*I am now stepping down from my soapbox.*

Both Jon and Stephen delivered a sparkling first week back. Both of them seemed positively giddy to return to work and, clearly, both knew there was plenty of material just waiting for them. Kudos to Jon for his lengthy openers, which took on the fiscal cliff, gun control, and Sandy recovery funding. (Does it seem to you he’s using the correspondents less and less?) Stephen tackled most of those subjects in an equally brilliant, yet extremely different, way. It’s always fascinating for me to see how they each approach the same news story.

And then there were naughty couches….  ;-)

Now, let’s take a look at this week’s guests! (Still no photos, by the way. The site is not cooperating. So sorry.) Continue reading

Jan 07

Better Know a Guest: January 7 – 10, 2013

The Colbert Report Guest Line Up Welcome to Better Know a Guest, your weekly guide to the wonderful and diverse array of personalities appearing on ‘The Colbert Report’ and ‘The Daily Show’ each week.


Happy New Year Hubsters!

I hope everyone had a fine celebration and I wish you all a joyful, successful, and healthful 2013. May your dreams come true and may our world become a more peaceful place in the year to come.

It’s almost time for our favorite late-night faux-pundits to return. Hallelujah! I figure they’ll definitely focus on the last-minute deal that stopped us from going off the fiscal cliff and the House’s refusal to okay disaster relief for those suffering in the aftermath of Sandy. I do not know how, or if, they will speak about the most terrible, awful, heartbreaking story that occurred during their hiatus: the tragic killing of 18 children and 9 adults in Newtown, CT. I personally felt grateful that they were off when this happened. I do not believe that they could have come in the next day and in any way covered it. Jon, of course, could have been more direct; Stephen’s format and character would have made it harder for him. I also do not know how, or if, they will deal with the recent rape tragedies in India, in which one brutalized woman died from her injuries and another killed herself. An absolute horror.

One bit of new that might be fun for them to mock is French actor Gerard Depardieu’s “defection” from France for tax reasons, and his possible acceptance of Russian citizenship.

I do have my own news: this, and the next couple of BKAGs to come, will be my last, at least for the foreseeable future. I have a very full plate of work that will demand my concentration in the next nine months of so: a film review, two papers (one for a conference and one for publication), and a large-scale research project for a publisher. I also have my job and other freelance. All in all, this makes it impossible for me to write this blog and do the rest without becoming a little frantic. I don’t want to sacrifice quality, and so I am saying goodbye for now. I will still stick around, though, to comment and contribute to the conversation, and perhaps do other small things as I can.

Now to the guests—and Mr. Colbert is beginning the New Year with a bang! (Sorry for the lack of photos; the site won’t let me upload right now.) Continue reading