Sep 12

A Look Back: Win Ben Stein’s Money

Stephen Colbert A Look Back Get ready for a really far “Look Back” folks! A long, long time ago, Stephen Colbert was a young unknown correspondent on a little cable program called The Daily Show. (You may have heard of it.) At that time, Stephen was eager to put himself out there and participate in many different venues, and blasts from the past keep popping up here and there. The video below is no exception.

Check out this edition of the Comedy Central program Win Ben Stein’s Money (1998), which poignantly features then show co-host and now late-night competitor Jimmy Kimmel. Stephen plays alongside fellow TDS correspondents Beth Littleford and Lewis Black.

Stephen gets off to slow start, by first not really knowing much (or enough) about squash, but eventually recovers and begins crushing everyone. Competition between Stephen and Ben Stein heats up and the game stays exciting up until the very end. Enjoy the vid!

May 07

A Look Back: “The Tumbleweeds”

Colbert News Hub A Look Back Welcome to “A Look Back,” where we review and celebrate the many splendid works of Stephen T. Colbert over the years.


The Second City has released a great video from 1992 featuring “The Trifecta” (Stephen Colbert, Amy Sedaris, and Paul Dinello) showing off their famous tumbling skills in a sketch called “The Tumbleweeds.”

Of course, this piece was resurrected (and according to Stephen, promptly retired) on Amy’s July 2006 appearance on The Colbert Report.

Get ready for some serious spandex, and an impressive display of strength and flexibility from both Stephen and Paul. Also loved the piling of all the chairs on Amy. What a silly, wonderful, hilarious team they make. Enjoy the video!

Jan 30

Stephen Colbert’s Last Night at Second City

Stephen Colbert A Look BackThe fine folks at Second City have decided to help soothe us from Colbert withdrawal by releasing footage of Stephen’s last night at the theatre on May 22, 1994. Introduced by Steve Carell, who effusively praised Stephen’s work and said “I think he’s put up some of the best scenes done here…he’s an exceptional improvisor with an exceptional reference level.” (“And he has funny ears!” yelled Amy Sedaris, helpfully, from off-stage.) Stephen, joined by Paul Dinello on guitar, and other notable troupe members such as Mitch Rouse and David Razowksy were on hand to perform songs from various revues during Stephen’s tenure.

I really want to hear the whole “Fish Tank” song. They put a lot of feeling into that one. After the jump there is another great SC video for us to “look back” on.

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Jan 16

The Colbert Report: Immortal Satire

A Look Back at “The Colbert Report’s” great satirical moments reveals how the show will live on in the public consciousness, long after its finale.

Stephen Colbert on Stack of Bibles

Rebellious and somehow still reverent, “The Colbert Report” was an equal-opportunity Truthiness Revealer in its treatment of hot-button sociopolitical issues.

Stephen Colbert is King of the Internet. He has been regularly memed, tumblerized, quoted, cited, blogged about, tweeted about, celebrated and possibly inflated by the media, cruelly deflated by the media, and so on, throughout his long nine-year run hosting The Colbert Report. In whatever light he is cast, Stephen Colbert and his team’s brand of satire on The Colbert Report will continue to ripple out for a long, long time. The invocation of his name on every piece of the internet-o-sphere is no accident, but rather a reflection of his influence and appeal. However, this phenomenon took years to develop, and required that the show adapt and grow. Increasingly, the show ventured off the set and took its improvisational games out into the real world in order to reach its satirical goals. In this post, I will explore some of the pivotal events that resulted. Its malleable nature notwithstanding, the program’s core concept of exposing “truthiness” has remained intact, and has not only become popularized, but immortalized; therefore, its message will linger in public consciousness for years to come.

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Nov 27

A Look Back: One Last TCR Thanksgiving for 2014

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.


Happy Thanksgiving, Hubsters! I hope our U.S. community members are having a great time with family and friends. I am preparing to deep-fry a turkey for the first time, so keep me in your thoughts/prayers. We may be ordering take out if all else fails.

Although I am doing my best domestic diva impression, thoughts of TCR and its impending finale loom heavily in my mind….how about you guys? I haz a sad, especially with the holidays upon us.

I thought it would be nice to review some great turkey-related moments from the Report before the show shuts down. We are going to feature Joseph Gobbles, the best TCR turkey ever to be had, and a pretty fierce segment about that weird time last year when Hannukah and Thanksgiving intersected. Review these great moments, and shout out your thoughts in the comments!

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Nov 03

A Look Back: Stephen Colbert featured in “The Greatest Love”

He’s back in Korean! Following his bitter 2008 feud with Korean popstar Rain, Stephen Colbert was briefly featured in episode two of the Korean romantic dramedy, “The Greatest Love” (최고의 사랑 or Choego-ui Sarang) which aired for 16 episodes in 2011 on MBC.

After seeing some screencaps from the episode posted by raburabujutsu on tumblr, we here at Hub were naturally curious about Stephen’s random appearance on a Korean dramedy “about true love in the fake world of entertainment”.

In the scene [14:14 – 15:28], Dokko Jin (Cha Seung-won), a popular yet flawed celebrity, is laid up in bed pretending to be injured from an accident as an excuse for not making it to Hollywood. Kim Jae-Seok (Im Ji-Kyu) enters the room to find Dokko Jin watching foreign language television to improve his English skills – more specificially, Stephen Colbert’s 2007 interview on ‘Larry King Live’ (CNN) [Transcript].

(Thank you to CNHelper for tracking down the episode, and Jess for all of her K-Drama knowledge!)

Sep 14

A Look Back — Stephen on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’

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.


Way back in April 2004 then Daily Show correspondent Stephen Colbert made an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live to discuss his brushes (or lack thereof) with Candidate Greatness on the ’04 presidential campaign trail. We all remember his *one* question with Howard Dean, right? He also talks about his wife’s discomfort with a NSFW comedic piece he did on Kimmel’s Comedy Central show Crank Yankers. Stephen ends the interview with an edited piece about editing a piece, channeling tyrannical bits of what soon would become his character just a year and a half later. Check it out:

Particularly poignant is when Stephen first gets onstage, he looks around and says, “This feels good. I’ve got to get me a gig like this.” I think you just did, sir.

Jun 20

A Look Back: Second City’s “Life on a Spit”

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.


Due to the abrupt closing of the Boston Market down the street from Chicago’s Second City, the theatre paid homage by releasing a little gem of scene from 1994 called “Life on a Spit,” featuring our fearless host as a philosophical “Boston Chicken” Man behind the counter:

I love that this scene takes something as innocuous as a place famed for its runny mac-n-cheese, then injects a little bit of profundity into it. Wouldn’t it be better if we were all revolving, and evolving? The results would be delicious. Enjoy the vid!