Feb 08

A Look Back: 2010 Vancouver Olympics

The Sochi Olympics have kicked off, and needless to say, they’ve been kind of a debacle. From the weeks-long media focus on Putin’s strong disregard for and legislative push against the LGBT community, to Pussy-Rioting, to international yogurt intrigue, to facilities and hotels with less-than-adequate accommodations, it’s been a rough go for Russia, and undoubtedly the athletes as well.

The Winter Games’ previous host, Vancouver, was a far more benign, if almost snow-less, venue. Thanks to the Colbert Nation raising $200,000 for the U.S. speed skating team, our fearless host found himself on the cover of Sports Illustrated, and hosting a week of shows for the Games. Let’s take a fond look back at the Winter Olympics that were (with functioning toilets.)

© Sports Illustrated

© Sports Illustrated

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Feb 01

Photos of Stephen Colbert as a Student at Northwestern

Stephen Colbert in college

© David Downs (via Buzzfeed)

During his tenure as an acting teacher in the theatre department at Northwestern University, David Downs took many candid photographs of students, including these of a young, and ridiculously cute Stephen Colbert.

Head to Buzzfeed for the complete set of photos.

(Thank you to Clem and StephenSmile64 for the Tip!)

Jan 03

Best of 2013: The Colbert Report in Review

The Colbert Report Emmys

© Jason Merritt | Zimbio

Forgive me if this post seems a bit repetitive and reminiscent of my Eighth Anniversary post, but it seems behoovy to step back and enjoy 2013 and the year that was for Stephen & co. and The Colbert Report. The Emmy celebration did not seem to abate after the show clinched its two wins in September — in fact, it still seems we are all celebrating now. Perhaps, unwittingly, Jon Stewart taking the summer off to direct Rosewater gave Stephen a slight edge, allowing him to take the ceremonial slot of Best. In any event, it was good to see our host and our show get accolades they richly deserve.

Let’s review 2013′s best moments for Stephen and the program as we prepare for another great year of shows.
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Oct 21

A Look Back: Character Breaks

Colbert News Hub A Look Back

Welcome to “A Look Back,” where we review and celebrate select clips from the overwhelmingly voluminous video catalog and the many splendid works of Stephen T. Colbert over the years.


Stephen Colbert’s character breaks never fail to be equal parts charm and side-splitting hilarity. Character breaks prove that under the sometimes starchy construct of Stephen’s character is a real man bursting with a profoundly silly sense of humor. When said silliness leaks out on air, the results are priceless.

Colbernation.com has been running some compilation videos, their “5 x Five” series, and put together an homage to some great character breaks:

These are some good selections, but I would say you’ve got to consider BasilMarceaux.com as well. And I know it’s going back, but Filliam H. Muffman was also a pretty critical early character break.

What are some classic character breaks you might suggest? Let us know in the comments.

Jun 18

Remembering Lorna Elizabeth Tuck Colbert (1920 – 2013)

Lorna Colbert as shown as a young woman on "Faces of America" with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

Lorna Colbert as shown as a young woman on “Faces of America” with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

Henry Louis Gates, Jr.: Can you tell me about your mother, what kind of person she is?
Stephen Colbert: Bright. Not just intelligent, but bright. She shines. Hopeful, indefatigable, great faith. Tough, she raised eleven kids, and she raised me after my father and two of my brothers died. Irish. (Gates laughs) Irish.

The above exchange resulted from Stephen’s participation in Faces of America, in which Henry Louis Gates, Jr. tracked Stephen’s genealogy — but particularly memorable is the way Stephen lit up when describing his mother. It’s easy to understand why, once you get to know her, and in many ways we of the Colbert Nation felt we did know her due to Stephen’s many references to her on the Report and in interviews. Let’s take a moment to remember and honor this remarkable woman and supermom of eleven through Stephen’s lens.

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Jun 12

A Look Back: “Leftover Beatles Memories”

Stephen Colbert A Look Back Welcome to “A Look Back,” where we review and celebrate select clips from the overwhelmingly voluminous video catalog and the many splendid works of Stephen T. Colbert over the years.


In honor of Paul McCartney’s upcoming appearance on The Colbert Report this evening, let’s take a fond “Look Back” at Stephen, Dana Carvey, and Robert Smigel giving us their best Beatles impressions on the fantastic (but short lived) Dana Carvey Show. Stephen is great at doing startlingly pitch-perfect impressions of less-impersonated celebrities, like Gregory Peck, Robert Duvall — and his George Harrison is no exception. Take a look:

I love the way he forlornly looks off into the distance after he says “I killed a man once [...] it was all taken care of by the record company, so no one found out.” George seems to really wish someone knew about the fact that he “killed a man.”

We here at Colbert News Hub are feverish with anticipation for the show with a real Beatle tonight. Do you think we will hear any Beatles songs on the hour long special? If so, is there anything in particular you would like to hear performed (duetted? *fingers crossed*)

Jun 11

Google Doogle Honours the Late Maurice Sendak’s 85th Birthday.

Google have paid to tribute to the late author Maurice Sendak, by creating an elaborately wonderful animated Google Doodle in celebration of his 85th birthday.

The Doodle, formatted as a spinning wheel takes viewers on a journey through some of Sendak’s best known works, starting out with Max sailing to the land of ‘Where the Wild Things Are’, before venturing into the surreal cityscape of ‘In the Night Kitchen’, before ending with the birthday party from ‘Bumble-Ardy’.

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May 30

A Look Back: Mr. Goodwrench

Stephen Colbert A Look Back Welcome to “A Look Back,” where we review and celebrate select clips from the overwhelmingly voluminous video catalog and the many splendid works of Stephen T. Colbert over the years.


Around 2004 or so Stephen was featured in a series of ads promoting the now defunct “Mr. Goodwrench” vehicle service program by General Motors. Stephen was brought on board to revive the program’s popularity, with quirky, funny ads that had our fearless host in an endless search for the real Mr. Goodwrench. The result are some commercials that are actually funny. Who would have thought that possible (oh, wait, it has Stephen in it, nevermind):

You can tell by the jokes that Stephen wrote much of the material himself (“What is this made of, metal?”). Also, the series of commercials gave rise to some truly fantastic bobblehead dolls, which you should avail yourself to if you have the green.

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