Dec 16

Better Know A Guest – December 15 – 18, 2014

Better Know a Guest 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, Colbert News Hub!  So this is it.  I’m sure plenty of the show this week will be dedicated to celebrating the last nine years, and probably some massive foreshadowing by Grimmy, Thursday’s special guest.  But the guest list suggests that it’ll be somewhat business as usual, and in that vein we can expect to see some stories about the ongoing Black Lives Matter protests, the CIA torture report, sliding oil prices, and Jeb Bush’s 2016 presidential campaign ramping up.  And if they’re looking for something fun, there is now a scientific study that definitively explains why waiting room magazines are so crappy (people steal only the good ones!)

The end is bittersweet.  This last week will be exciting, especially as we find out how Grimmy brings “Stephen” to his fate.  But it’s also sad, because without the Report guests who’s going to teach us how cool the Stanford Marshmallow Test is, or make us think about how much Canada weighs?  I’ve learned so much from these interviews over the years, and I hope that Late Show can remain a platform for authors and professors and artists as much as actors and musicians and politicians.  But meanwhile, here’s to an excellent last week!

Stephen’s guests this week are an actor, a musician, a writer, and the Grim Reaper.  Jon’s are a director, a musician, an actress, and a comedian.  Let us know your thoughts and opinions in the comments!

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Dec 09

Better Know A Guest, December 8 – 11, 2014

Better Know a Guest 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, Colbert News Hub! The news focus this week has been on the racial tensions in America and clashes between white police officers and black men.  As much as “Stephen” doesn’t see race, everybody else does. There are protests going on all around the country (and in New York City in particular), and I wouldn’t be surprised if they continue to be covered on the Report.  Meanwhile, Rolling Stone ran a story about gang rape at the University of Virginia, which turned out not to be true, and Sony was hit with a major cyber attack that may or may not have been the work of North Korea. In lighter news, NASA ran a successful test run of its spacecraft Orion, which was a major step in developing manned missions to Mars, and Beyonce beat Dolly Parton to become the most Grammy-nominated woman ever.

Stephen’s guests this week are the President of the United States, a comedian, and a podcast host. Jon’s are two authors, two filmmakers, and a national security adviser. As usual, let us know what you’re looking forward to in the comments!

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Dec 02

Better Know A Guest, December 1 – 4, 2014

Better Know a Guest 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, Colbert News Hub! The final three weeks are here. Comedy Central’s advertising it as an event (“The Colbert Report: The Final Three Weeks”). And they’re starting strong, with John McCain starting off the week with his debut Report appearance.

I’m sure a lot of us missed the Comedy Central writers last week when the Ferguson shit hit the fan again, and I trust they’ll find a way to cover it that’s real and funny and cathartic as usual. Other serious stories that could be covered this week are the dropped charges against Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak and Boko Haram upping their terror again. In lighter news, the new Star Wars trailer is out, Black Friday happened, Snooki got married, and Sasha and Malia Obama were not impressed by the pardoned Thanksgiving turkey.

Stephen’s guests this week are a senator, two musicians, a director, and a doctor/ anthropologist. Jon’s are a pundit, a musician, a humanitarian aid worker, and a actress/ director. Let us know in the comments who you’re looking forward to and what you’re excited to hear about!

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Nov 18

Better Know A Guest, November 17 – 20, 2014

Better Know a Guest 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, Colbert News Hub! Happy winter, apparently. I’ve seen a little bit of snow this week, and am writing this while drinking a gingerbread latte in a very christmas-y Starbucks.

This last week before Thanksgiving promises to be a good one, with Jon Stewart visiting the Colbert Report as a guest for the first time. We also have a smattering of positive news stories in among the awfulness of ISIS killing more hostages and norovirus coming back to cruise ships. My favorite was the Rosetta mission – neither the Daily Show nor the Colbert Report have taken the chance yet to cover the fact that the European Space Agency has managed to land a spaceship on a comet traveling at 40,000 miles per hour. That’s pretty cool, and I hope to see it worked in somehow. An easier target is the fact that today Vladimir Putin became the first to leave Australia’s G20 summit, because he was sleepy. The summit involved much condemnation of his actions in Ukraine, and strengthening of language to combat climate change. It’s unlikely that sleep was really the reason Putin left, but he said that it was and that’s hilarious.

Stephen’s guests this week are a senator, an actress and filmmaker, a novelist, and Jon Stewart! Jon’s guests are a filmmaker and three actors. Let us know in the comments which stories and guests you’re looking forward to!

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Nov 11

Better Know A Guest, November 10 – 13, 2014

Better Know a Guest 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, Colbert News Hub! This is set to be a very entertaining week of shows. As news goes here in America, we are finally getting over the midterms and it has been a surprisingly quiet week. My favorite bits of news this week have been science news – the Food and Drug administration has approved the first genetically modified potato for public consumption, and researchers in North Carolina have attached electronic backpacks to roaches to control their movements so that they can find people calling for help after natural disasters.

Stephen’s guests this week are a talk show host, a fashion designer, a mathematician, and an actress. Jon’s are a musician, an illustrator, a UN ambassador, two actors, and a journalist. Let us know who you’re excited to hear from this week, and what stories you hope to see covered!

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Nov 04

Better Know A Guest, November 3 – 6, 2014

Better Know a Guest 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, Colbert News Hub! As the show approaches its final weeks, all eyes are the guests gracing the interview table. This election week features Chuck Todd, the new Meet The Press anchor (who is definitely not Jon Stewart) for a little pre-game analysis. Veteran TCR-guest Andrew Sullivan will be on hand for Tuesday’s exciting live midterm special. The week finishes up with NY Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and science author Steven Johnson. Jon will chat with actor Jake Gyllenhaal, RNC Chair Reince Preibus for his election night special, actor and Monty Python-er John Cleese, and investigative journalist James Risen.

Are you guys excited about the live midterm shows? Who are you looking forward to seeing? Let’s discuss in the comments.

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Oct 28

Better Know A Guest, October 27 – 30 2014

Better Know a Guest 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, Colbert News hub! Happy to be back for what promises to be an exciting week of shows. The Daily Show will be covering the midterm elections from Austin, which promises some excellent field pieces and surprises from the team. As for the Report, we’ve got a war on Halloween brewing! In Colorado, police are concerned that some candy might be infused with marijuana as a prank. Other warnings from CBS News this week included jack-o-lanterns catching fire, getting hit by cars, and tripping over long costumes. Aside from Halloween, the other major threat to America this week is continued Ebola panic, as quarantine measures are instituted at airports and confusion continues about the best way to prevent the health crisis from spreading.

Jon’s guests are two congressional candidates, a band, and a mystery guest. Stephen’s are a talk show host, two authors, and the president of the International Rescue Committee. Let us know what you are most excited to hear about this week, and which guests you’re looking forward to!

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Oct 13

Better Know A Guest, October 13 – 16, 2014

Better Know a Guest 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, Colbert News Hub!  Great week of shows coming up before the break, I personally am enjoying the uptick in midterms-related news recently because there are only so many scary stories you can read and watch about ISIS and ebola.  Races that could provide great material for the Report this week include a close one in Iowa between hog-castrator Joni Ernst and tongue-twister Bruce Braley (who recently got into a heated debate over dark money donations that she received from the Koch brothers and that he received from Michael Bloomberg), and one in Texas between sneaker-clad feminist Wendy Davis and attorney general Greg Abbott (a paraplegic, and the subject of Davis’s ill-advised attack ad which featured an ominous shot of his empty wheelchair).  The week’s uplifting highlight was Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi’s Nobel Peace Prize for fighting for childrens’ rights.

Stephen’s guests this week are two authors, a musician, and an writer/director.  Jon’s are a journalist, a comedian, a pundit, and a lawyer.  Let us know who you’re excited to hear from this week, and what you’d like to see covered in the shows!

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