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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Oct 06

Better Know A Guest, October 6 – October 9, 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!  I don’t know about you, but I badly need my Late Night fix this week.  We’ve got loads of depressing news to deal with – panic over Ebola, ISIS torturing and killing hostages, creepy and confusing news from North Korea as people theorize over the disappearance of Kim Jong Un.  But on the positive, there are talks between North and South Korea (we don’t know what about), and Kim Jong Un is at least out of sight (maybe in a cheese coma somewhere).  And, Cheerios put out an adorable ad telling the story of a gay couple and their adopted daughter.  It airs in Canada.  “Stephen” will hate it.

Stephen’s guests this week are two authors, an actress, and a musician.  Jon’s are an author, a pundit, the former Secretary of Defense, and an actor.  Let us know which stories you hope to see covered this week, and which guests you’re most looking forward to!

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Sep 30

Better Know A Guest, September 29 – October 2, 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!  First off I want to apologize that this news section isn’t going to include anything that happens over the weekend, because I’m writing on Friday before flying off to South Carolina for what might be the last beach weekend of the season. Gotta have my priorities.

This week in world news, Britain, Denmark, and Belgium joined the United States in bombing Iraq in an attempt to stop ISIS, while in Africa the Ebola death toll hit 3000. The Iraqi Prime Minister warned that terrorist attacks were being planned against subways in New York (and in Paris), prompting Bill DeBlasio, Andrew Cuomo, and NYC police commissioner William Bratton to ride the subway in defiance (the US has found no evidence of the threat.) You know, the usual uplifting news. On the positive, New York Yankee Derek Jeter finished his home game career with a game-winning single, and there were tears. Meanwhile, Sarah Palin spoke at the Values Voter Summit and got the address of the White House wrong.

Stephen’s guests this week are a chef, an actor, the former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and a journalist. Jon’s are a journalist, an actor, a writer/actress, and a director.

Let us know who you’re excited for, and what you’d like to see covered this week!

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Sep 23

Better Know A Guest: September 22 – 25, 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!  After a fun week of watching and being conflicted about the Scottish Referendum (sticking together seemed like the safer idea, but splitting up would’ve been so much funnier), and watching more Sky News than I could’ve ever predicted, I am ready to start this fall with a fresh batch of stories.  To begin, New York yesterday hosted a HUGE climate change rally, with almost 400,000 people showing up to march for climate change awareness and action.  Tuesday’s guest Naomi Klein will certainly have something to say about that, and I’m sure “Stephen” will have some beef with it.

Also this week in American news: China!  Alibaba, China’s largest e-commerce website (sort of like Amazon or eBay, only with more government censorship) had its IPO on Friday, raising $23.1 billion. Jack Ma, the founder and CEO, told news outlets that he “had a dream”, and that was “to be bigger than Walmart”. He also says he’s been inspired by Forrest Gump, which he’s seen at least 10 times. So he should be a favorite of the Colbert Report writers, I’d think. Other threatening-to-American-exceptionalism news included the revelation that hipster favorite Pabst Blue Ribbon beer was sold to Russian investors. So we export hipsters now. The week also saw the release of the iPhone 6, which I am on my way to buy as soon as I finish writing this. I am not expecting it to be pre-loaded with nude photos of Bono (but maybe of Kim Kardashian, Vanessa Hudgens, Hope Solo, Lake Bell, Avril Lavigne, and Leelee Sobieski, who had their own nude photos hacked his week).

Stephen’s upcoming guests are a father-son rock band, a journalist, BILL FREAKING COSBY, and a psychologist. Jon’s are an investigative journalist, a retired Marine Corps general, a Pitbull trainer, and a science writer.

Let us know who you’re excited for, and what you’d like to see covered this week!

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