Comedian Stephen Colbert announced Thursday that he would fund every existing grant request South Carolina public school teachers have made on the education crowdfunding website DonorsChoose.org.
Colbert made the announcement on a live video feed Thursday at a surprise event at Alexander Elementary School in Greenville.
Colbert partnered with Share Fair Nation and ScanSource to fund nearly 1,000 projects for more than 800 teachers at over 375 schools, totaling $800,000.
[…] “Using the proceeds of the sale of my old set on ‘The Colbert Report’ which we auctioned off, and with the generous matching funds from The Morgridge Family Foundation and ScanSource, DonorsChoose is going to flash-fund all 1,000 projects in South Carolina,” Colbert said in the video that was aired at the Alexander Elementary School in Greenville. “Enjoy your learning, South Carolina.”
Evelyn Colbert appeared on Fox-WNYW recently to promote the opening of this year’s Montclair Film Festival. As you may know, Evelyn has been very actively involved with MFF since its inception, and serves as Vice Chairman of the festival board. Here she chats it up along with the Tom Hall, the festival’s Executive Director. Inevitably, Stephen’s name comes up, and Mrs. C. shares her excitement about his upcoming gig on The Late Show:
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With April behind us, there are only four months left until Late Show with Stephen Colbert starts! (!!) Sadly, that also means there are only three months left of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. For now though, the good news is that Jon has been giving new interviews, and those are always a treat!
In this edition of In The Press, we also catch up with The Nightly Show and The Late Late Show, the new kids on the block of late-night TV, who are still trying to find their footing, as well as their audience. Have you guys been watching either (or both) show(s) regularly?
Finally, late night writers talk about improv and submitting writing packets… and stir up some controversy!
David Itzkoff recently interviewed David Letterman for The New York Times, in which Dave spoke about how the ‘Late Show’ has developed over the years, why he and the show never participated in social media, how it feels to be “surrounded by Jimmy’s”, and what he will do once his time as host of the ‘Late Show’ comes to an end.
Surprisingly, when asked about his involvement in choosing a successor, Dave reveals that he was never consulted in the decision to hire Stephen Colbert, nor was he asked who he might like to succeed him.
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.
In case you were wondering how The Colbert Report appeared to live on in a recent episode of House of Cards months after TCR’s finale, show creator (an apparent Colbert Report fanboy) Beau Willimon explained how he got the two shows together:
‘House of Cards’ Creator Beau Willimon Dishes on Season 3’s Scandals and Surprises By Marlow Stern
How did you swing The Colbert Report appearance in the premiere?
We simply asked! I’d had the pleasure of being on The Colbert Report and I think that Stephen is among the most talented people on the planet. We wanted to have an interesting way to get a sense of where the Underwood presidency was that wasn’t as obvious as simply a news anchor telling us, and we thought that would be more engaging, dramatic, and entertaining. I asked Stephen and thanked my lucky stars when he said yes. One of the things that we delighted in when we talked about it was that our fictional Colbert Report would exist beyond the real-life one. The Colbert Report never fully dies.