On October 30th, I went to my final taping of The Colbert Report—a truly bittersweet occasion, as you can imagine. I’d thought about holding off till nearer the end, and wavered about going, but finally I decided I just wanted to make sure I got one more taping in and grabbed the ticket. I did not want to be frozen out!
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.
Hello, Hubsters! Karenatasha from New York to report on a very special Stephen Colbert appearance. (And there will be a long-overdue taping report from me in he next couple of days—I promise!)
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.
“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….
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.
And now…presenting this week’s guests! Continue reading
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.
Let’s welcome the guests now… Continue reading
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